Tonight's WildWild WestWest MovieMovies: Pale Rider Starring Clint Eastwood & Jeremiah Johnson Starring Clint Eastwood
03.23.13 by BJSprecher
"Who are you? Who are you... really?"
For your Saturday night MovieMovie viewing pleasure, we bring you two acclaimed Westerns featuring two of the most celebrated and beloved actor-filmmakers in movie history: Jeremiah Johnson (1972) starring Robert Redford, and Pale Rider (1985) starring Clint Eastwood.
Redford stars as the title character in Jeremiah Johnson, his second of seven collaborations with Academy Award-winning director Sydney Pollack. After serving in the Mexican War (1846–48), Johnson chooses a life of solitude and heads out west to become a mountain man. He is tasked at every turn by the unforgiving land and its denizens, including bears and the Blackfoot warriros antagonistic toward settlers. Johnson scratches out a living and even manages to find love, but tragedy strikes when the U.S. Cavalry forces him to help them movie through native territory.
Pale Rider not only stars Eastwood, but he produced and directed this highest-grossing Western of the '80s. When the fictional California mining town of Lahood is attacked by thugs in the employ of a rival miner, a little girl prays for help and her prayers appear to be answered in the form of a mysterious stranger in a preacher's collar. Initially skeptical of the "Preacher," the townsfolk eventually accept him and he helps them pan for gold and keep the thugs away. But, the lure of riches is too great for the rival miner and he offers the townsfolk an ultimatum: sell him their claims or lose everything.
Jeremiah Johnson & Pale Rider
Jeremiah Johnson at 8:00PM ET / 5:00PM PT.
Pale Rider at 10:30PM ET / 7:30PM PT.
Pale Rider | Clint Eastwood | Michael Moriarty | Movie Trailer | Review