High Plains Drifter is a 1973 American Western film directed by and starring Clint Eastwood, written by Ernest Tidyman, and produced by Robert Daley for Malpaso Company and Universal Pictures. Eastwood plays a mysterious stranger, meting out justice in a corrupt frontier mining town. The film was influenced by the work of Eastwood’s two major collaborators, film directors Sergio Leone and Don Siegel.
The film was shot on location on the shores of Mono Lake, California. Dee Barton wrote the film score. The film was critically acclaimed at the time of its initial release and remains popular today, holding a score of 96% at the review aggregate website Rotten Tomatoes.
- The movie shows up on lists of Acid Westerns, with its supernatural overtones, and weird, sci-fi soundscape.
- The mysterious stranger might be a ghost of the dead Marshall.
- Clint Eastwood plays his standard laconic character, but this time he moves from anti-heroism to outright villainy.
- The movie is about revenge – or justice. The movie has a dark tone.