Here is the teen girl that will be discussed later
Here is the mother and daughter who are the subject of this post
Here is the introduction of Clint Eastwood’s character; assisting the beta fella who who is taking care of the mother and her daughter
Pale Rider is obviously a Western. I happen to like almost all Westerns, so I would say that it is a mighty fine Western.
Of particular interest are the women, and their relationships to the fellas. Sarah Wheeler and her daughter Megan Wheeler live in tent in Gold Rush mining camp. Hull Barret performs as the effective husband and step-father for the duo. He is a hard-working beta provider type. The ladies appreciate him, as they would any good beta provider.
An evil rich miner is trying to drive the small miners from their claims, and is slowly succeeding. He uses intimidation through violence as his means. Hull gets the crap beaten out of him in the scene above, until the mysterious Preacher saves him. The Preacher comes to the mining camp, the small time miners organize, violence gradually escalates until the final showdown which is a bit unrealistic, but does not disappoint.
The aspect of interest is the interest that the mother and daughter both take in the violent, mysterious, brooding, man of few words Preacher. In short, they both fall head over heels for him. He does his best to shoo them away, for he is a man who cannot be tied down. Furthermore, he points out there they already have a great fella in Hull. The Preacher’s words go unheeded, and the ladies pine for him more; even after he has moved on.
When I saw this movie as a youngster, I thought that it was odd that women would act like that. Obviously there was no future with the Preacher. He did not have a job, probably never would; and he just roamed the Wild West being who he was. Obviously the hard-working Hull was where they should be putting their interest. I thought this way because all of my relatives and the family friends operated this way. There was, and never had been as far as I could tell, women chasing what I would later in life learn as tingles.
So I experienced lots of adult years, and I learned that the world was not as I envisioned it. Women do go for the tingles. Even when it is logically stupid to do so. Sometimes movies have good lessons in them. Fellas should heed this one.