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- Includes Theatrical Trailer
- Rated: R
- Closed captioning available
- Run Time: 1 hours, 45 minutes
- Video: Color
- Released: February 24, 1998
- Originally Released: 1973
- Label: Universal Studios
- Encoding: Region 1 (USA & Canada)
- Packaging: Keep Case
- Single Layer
- Aspect Ratio: Letterbox - 2.35
- Aspect Ratio: Widescreen - 2.35
- Dolby Digital Mono 2.0 - English
- Dolby Digital Mono 2.0 - French
- Additional Release Material:
- Trailers: Original Theatrical Trailer
- Text/Photo Galleries:
- Production Notes
Performers, Cast and Crew:
|Performer:||Verna Bloom, Marianna Hill, Billy Curtis, Mitchell Ryan, Jack Ging, Stefan Gierasch, Ted Hartley, Geoffrey Lewis & Walter Barnes|
|Directed by||Clint Eastwood|
|Edited by||Ferris Webster|
|Screenwriting by||Ernest Tidyman|
|Composition by||Dee Barton|
|Art Direction by||Henry Bumstead|
|Produced by||Robert Daley|
|Director of Photography:||Bruce Surtees|
|Executive Production by||Jennings Lang|
Memorable Quotes and Dialog:
"Isn't forcible rape in broad daylight still a misdemeanor in this town'"
- Callie Travers (Mariana Hill) to Sheriff Shaw (Walter Barnes)
Rating: 4/5 -- Clint Eastwood is the ultimate thinking man's cinematic killing machine. Full Review
Rating: 3.5/4 -- One of the best Westerns of the 1970s. Full Review
This was supposed to be Eastwood's fond adieu to the worlds of Sergio Leone and Don Siegel; and indeed he cuts the operatic excess of the former with the punchy economy of the latter. Full Review
Whatever the reasoning, it is a gripping work, harsh and ahead of its time. Full Review
Rating: 4/5 -- Eastwood holds fast to the rebel spirit of the spaghetti Westerns and revisionist "New Hollywood" Westerns of the previous decade, but packages it in a film that's slicker and more mainstream-friendly. Full Review
Clint Eastwood's first Western as director is rather fascinating due to its quasi-supernatural component. Full Review
As a director, Eastwood is not as good as he seems to think he is. As an actor, he is probably better than he allows himself to be. Full Review
Description by OLDIES.com:
Clint Eastwood's second film as a director finds the celebrated action star returning to his familiar Old West stomping grounds and his internationally acclaimed role of "The Man With No Name." This time, The Stranger (Eastwood) mysteriously appears out of the heat waves of the desert and rides into the lawless, sin-ridden town of Lago. After making a name for himself with a string of blazing gun battles, The Stranger is hired by the townspeople to provide protection from three ruthless gunmen just out of jail. The Stranger quickly proceeds to paint the entire town bright red, rename it "Hell," and supply divine retribution in the fiery, pulse-pounding climax of this acclaimed western shoot-em-up.
Clint Eastwood once again portrays the 'Man With No Name' in this bleak morality play about a man who protects a frontier town from outlaws, more out of contempt for the outlaws than love for the cowardly townspeople. This was Eastwood's second directorial effort following the very successful PLAY MISTY FOR ME.
In Eastwood's supernatural homage to his own cinematic roots -- the films of Sergio Leone and Don Siegel -- the residents of a greedy mining town conspire to murder their own sheriff when he threatens to inform the government that they've been operating on public land. They then attempt to frame the hired killers, prompting the gunmen to seek revenge. The townsfolk go to the well once more, hiring a mysterious Stranger to rid them of these bandits. But the Stranger has his own agenda and proves to be more than they bargained for.
- Shot in Technicolor and Panavision. Film had an original aspect ratio of 2.4:1.
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