PALE RIDER is a breathtakingly beautiful movie to watch due to its being filmed in the mountains of Idaho. With just a touch of snow now and again, the picture looks almost like a travel brochure! Interestingly enough, the movie is supposed to be set in Northern California! While apart from the pretty location, there isn't a whole lot new or innovative about this film, though the sum total of the parts make for a dandy picture. Sure, the film very heavily borrows from SHANE (particularly with the very end--I almost expected the girl to yell out "Come back, SHANE!!!" instead of "I love you") as well as Clint Eastwood's other Westerns--particularly FISTFUL OF DOLLARS. But, despite all this and knowing where the picture is going, this movie is an absolute standout film.Particularly noteworthy is the acting by Michael Moriarty. He does a marvelous job of playing an ordinary man who is willing to stand up for himself--especially with the help of Eastwood. Eastwood's character, not unexpectedly, is an enigma--sort of like the "man with no name" in his much earlier films. Here, he is just known as "the preacher", though many times throughout the film it seems pretty unlikely he is a man of the cloth. After all, for a preacher, he does some mighty fine shooting and drinks whiskey (though not to excess, mind you). Perhaps he is supposed to be an ex-gunfighter who has taken the call. The ambiguity of the man actually is a good thing--as it allows the viewer the chance to think instead of having this spoon-fed to him or her. Richard Dysart, the late Christopher Penn, Richard Kiel and the rest do a fine job of support.About the only part of the film that just didn't ring true was the tiny portion of the film when the young girl went for a ride on the mule. Right in the middle of a MAJOR feud, she just wanders into the camp of the enemy and almost gets raped!! This part is just too dumb and inexplicable to understand. Removing it from the film would certainly tighten up and improve the film.Now, a comment about the music. Unlike the "Spaghetti Westerns" Eastwood made in the 60s, this film has a very minimalistic score. The over-the-top and crazy music from these earlier films was exciting and cool in a silly way. This much quieter film score seemed more appropriate for an older and wiser Eastwood. Both were about perfect for each type of film.Finally, although this movie is rated R, I really cannot understand why. Sure there's some gun-play and a couple guys get bullets in the head. BUT, the film really isn't that explicit and could have easily been rated PG-13 or possibly even PG! The language isn't a problem either and there is no nudity in the film. About the only objectionable content might be when a girl is almost raped, but I would feel comfortable if I let my teens see the film.
Pale Rider is a Western film released in 1985. It was directed and produced by Clint Eastwood, who played the lead character of the Preacher in the film. The movie received several acclaims from critics as well as the audiences, who were also mesmerized with its stunning locations. Here is more information about the film's location in case you are wondering where is pale rider filmed? 2b1af7f3a8