Preacher (Clint Eastwood)
Not too much is revealed about the taciturn hero of this mostly forgettable Western, an unwieldy amalgam of Shane and Eastwood’s Man with No Name films. He appears seemingly (and metaphorically) out of nowhere—summoned by the prayer of a young girl—to help a band of gold miners protect their claims from a powerful mine operator. Eastwood himself has suggested that the character is, in fact, a ghost—which is kinda strange since (as director) he also adds a curious bit of psychosexual drama in a secondary story involving a mother and her teenage daughter both yearning for the Preacher’s warm embrace. Still, the film’s climactic gun battle support Eastwood’s supernatural interpretation: having dispatched, in grand Eastwood-ian fashion, a small army of hired guns, Preacher finally kills their boss—who clearly believes him to be a long-dead adversary.
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