High Plains Drifter

Synopsis: A Stranger rides into in the dusty mining town of Lago, where the townspeople are living in the shadow of a dark secret. After a shootout leaves the town's hired-gun protectors dead, the town's leaders petition the Stranger to stay and protect them from three ruthless outlaws who are soon to be released from prison. The three have their sights set on returning to Lago to wreak havoc and take care of some unfinished business. A series of events soon has the townspeople questioning whether siding with the Stranger was a wise idea as they quickly learn the price that they each must pay for his services. As the outlaws make their way back into Lago, they discover that the town is not exactly as they had left it, and waiting in the shadows is the Stranger, ready to expose the town's secret and serve up his own brand of justice.
Genre: Mystery, Western
Director(s): Clint Eastwood
Production: Universal Pictures
Rotten Tomatoes:
105 min

to send for help...

and further seein' that

our sheriff's about as much use...

as tits on a boar.

Sorry I'm late.

Anything happen?

No, no.

His Honour's had the floor.

In case you hadn't heard, Stacey Bridges

and the Carlin brothers...

- are due to get out of jail today.

- They comin' here?

That's their plan according to reports.

No reason to believe they've changed it.

Possibly they've repented

their ways.

Preacher, they're gonna burn this town

to the ground, and you know it.

What we're talking about now

is a way to stop them.

We've got to find

that way now, and quick.

Nevertheless, my conscience

will not allow me to be a party...

to the hiring

of a professional gunfighter.

Maybe you'd like to go out there

and stand them off yourself, Preacher.

I'm just a simple man of God.

It's time we unsimplified you,


Borders, Morris and Short

were professional gunfighters...

on the payroll

of the Lago Mining Company...

to protect our interests

and the interests of this town...

which are identical.

They stood around drinking beer

and looking snotty for a full year.

Then one day before we actually

needed the bastards...

they managed to get

themselves killed.

So if you've got a suggestion,

wedd be delighted to hear it.


take your conscience elsewhere...

while we think

about saving your ass.

Land sakes!

Wheres time gone to?

Miss Peekins eldest

is feeling poorly. I promised-

if you gentlemen will excuse me?

Well, we were talkin'

about hirin' a gunfighter.

But we don't know anything

about that fella there.

We know he took the best we could find

to hire like Grant took Vicksburg.

Yeah, with a hidden gun in his lap.

Three for three.

One right between the eyes!

Goddamnedest shooting

I ever even heard of.

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Ernest Tidyman

Ernest Tidyman (January 1, 1928 – July 14, 1984) was an American author and screenwriter, best known for his novels featuring the African-American detective John Shaft. He also co-wrote the screenplay for the film version of Shaft with John D.F. Black in 1971.His screenplay for The French Connection garnered him an Academy Award for Best Adapted Screenplay, as well as a Golden Globe Award, a Writers Guild of America Award, and an Edgar Award. more…

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Submitted on August 05, 2018


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