Of all of Clint Eastwood's one liners, this has to be my favourite. The timing of it -- right after Eastwood's Preacher puts the beat down on group of lowlifes -- is perfect. The fight with said nice piece of hickory is well staged and fun to watch. And it's a great introduction to our protagonist, who is among Eastwood's finest characters.
Pale Rider was Eastwood's last Western before his Oscar winning Unforgiven. As much as I enjoy that movie, I like this one just a little bit more. Preacher could easily be The Man With No Name, or Josey Wales, later in life.
Or, as we're led to believe at one point, Preacher could the spirit of either of those characters after meeting the business end of a bullet.
It's this mythical quality that gives Pale Rider an extra resonance for me. The Wild West is full of mythos and ghost stories. The fact this could be one of them is most enjoyable, and makes Pale Rider a nice companion piece to High Plains Drifter.
This one has action, humour and even a little bit of romance. It's one of Eastwood's best, and gets a regular watch every year. Yup, it's a Good, and worth catching up with if you haven't seen it in a while.