High Plains Drifter
DIRECTOR: CLINT EASTWOOD
CAST: CLINT EASTWOOD, VERNA BLOOM, MARIANNA HILL, MITCHELL RYAN
After watching and learning from filmmakers Sergio Leone and Don Siegel, Eastwood began to direct for himself, with High Plains Drifter the first of his enormously influential cycle of Westerns. Here he’s an anonymous gun-for-hire brought into a mining town in need of protection from outlaws—but both the townsfolk and their protector have some dark secrets that they’re holding on to. One of nearly a dozen films Eastwood would make at Universal throughout the decade.