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Pale Rider

What do you know about Pale Rider?
Try this Alan's FUN Western Films Trivia quiz. 
"Check Your Answers" at the bottom of the page.

1) When is the Western's release date?Pale Rider

  1. May 28, 1985

  2. June 28, 1985

  3. July 28, 1985

  4. August 28, 1985

2) During shooting, Clint Eastwood sustained what he describes as the worst injury he has ever had on set when a horse he was riding fell through thin ice and launched him forward.  Clint suffered a dislocated shoulder.

  • True or False?

3) What is the Westerns running time?

  1. 95 minutes

  2. 105 minutes

  3. 115 minutes

  4. 125 minutes

4) The Western is written by Lennie Niehaus and Bruce Surtees.

  • True or False?

5) Hull Barret, one of the panners heads into town for supplies, and is set upon by the same ruffians. A drifter (Clint Eastwood) rides in and defends the miner with unexpected skill wielding a hickory axe handle. Upon returning to the placers camp, the drifter compounds this surprise by revealing a minister's collar when invited to dinner, thus acquiring the name "Preacher".  
Who plays Hull Barret

  1. Buddy Van Horn

  2. Fritz Manes

  3. Glenn Wright

  4. Michael Moriarty

6) Pale Rider is primarily filmed in the Boulder Mountains and the Sawtooth National Recreation Area in central Idaho, just north of Sun Valley in late 1984. The opening credits scene featured the jagged Sawtooth Mountains south of Stanley.

  • True or False?

7) Sarah Wheeler: "Who are you? Who are you... really?  The Preacher:  Well, it really doesn't matter, does it?"
Who plays Sarah Wheeler

  1. Kathleen Wygle

  2. Helen Wright

  3. Carrie Snodgress

  4. Meg Ryan

8) A classic western story line develops, leading to a final showdown in town between a corrupt U.S. Marshal named Stockburn and his "deputies" and Preacher.  John Russell plays Stockburn.
How many films does Russell appear with Eastwood?

  1. 3

  2. 6

  3. 9

  4. 12

9) Chris Penn plays one of the villains, Josh LaHood.  Clint Eastwood will later direct his brother Sean Penn in an Oscar-Winning Performance in Mystic River (2003).

  • True or False?

10) Revealing mistakes: When the preacher approaches Stockburn he unlocks his firearm to re-chamber it.  The bullet chamber he chooses is empty yet he locks it in place and kills Marshall Stockburn.  The cylinder is visibly empty!

  • True or False?

Pale Rider

1) A.  2) True  3) C.  4) False.  The Western is written by Michael Butler and Dennis Shryack.  5) D.  6) True 7) C.  8) A.  9) True  10) True

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