Pale Rider was The Younger Son's pick. We're planning on a January Western Film Month, are not just brimming with Christmas Spirit and decided to start westerns a bit early. Clint Eastwood directs and stars in the title role. Richard Dysart, Michael Moriarty, Carrie Snodgrass, Richard Kiel and John Russell also have parts. Lee Van Cleef would've been a good bad guy here, but it's impossible to fault Russell. The Younger Son and I remember seeing this, but I haven't owned it 'til today, so we probably rented it years ago. We call it "brimming with subtext" -only maybe it's not subtext if it's that obvious.
DVD Talk says, "I didn't care for it much when it was new, but since then it's grown on me little-by-little". Weird Wild Realm says, "It's not the equal of High Plains Drifter, but it's good." Roger Ebert calls it "a considerble achievement, a classic Western of style and excitement."