Pale Rider

Factual error: As Preacher and Hull ride out of town for first time, Hull offers "3 hots and a cot." Earliest reference of this term is in the 1930's.

Continuity mistake: At the beginning, Hull watches as Eastwood beats up the guys in town. When Hull gets up on the wagon, his hands are fine, but in the next scene he has a bandage, I believe, on his left hand. Then the bandage is gone again and reappears soon after.

Continuity mistake: When the Preacher is tossing dynamite into a barracks shack, a bad guy stumbles out and drops a rifle on the steps, where it lands leaning on the them. In the next view, it's disappeared, then it reappears several feet away, lying flat on the ground.

Revealing mistake: After the cowboys have terrorized the village at the beginning, the girl finds her dead dog and starts crying, when she picks it up it's painfully obvious it's a stuffed toy.

Continuity mistake: When the preacher stops La Hood's son Josh from raping Megan, he shoots Josh's revolver from his hand, then shoots his hand, then shoots the revolver away from Josh with two more bullets. In the next shot where Josh rolls away, the revolver is back in its original position.


Continuity mistake: Eastwood puts five or six bullets into the lead bad-guy at the climax of the big shoot out. As the bad-guy Marshall pitches forward, you can clearly see the bulging outline of the blood pack beneath his clothing.

Visible crew/equipment: In the scene where the preacher has left camp prior to the showdown with the bad guys, a shot at camp shows the cabin in which those who took him in stay. From right to left at the top left of the screen looking at the front of the cabin to the left top you can see power lines. No power during this time.

Kenneth Cote

Revealing mistake: In the scene just before the huge nugget Spider is holding gets shot in two, if you look closely you can see the line down the centre where the two halves break.

Continuity mistake: Near the end of the movie, Eastwood is tossing sticks of dynamite into the "bad" miners' camp. He tosses one stick into a tent. After it blows up, you can still see the stick of dynamite on the ground at the entrance to the tent, with the fuse still burning.

Factual error: On several occasions during the film, one hears the sound effects of cartridges being ejected from revolvers, then reloaded. The revolvers carried by every character in the film appear to be of the "cap and ball" variety, which do not take cartridges and take MUCH longer to reload. Can't be the sound of the cylinder being removed - the cylinder in the closest revolver is visible throughout the sequence. In addition, several of the revolvers are Colts, which require a wedge and then the barrel to be removed before the cylinder can be changed. Only the Remington (which Eastwood carries) could have the cylinder swapped quickly enough.

Factual error: As Megan is holding her dead dog the camera pans back to Barret and over his left shoulder a jet trail is going across the sky.

Continuity mistake: When Preacher is about to kill Stockburn, as he walks toward Stockburn he reloads his revolver by replacing the cylinder. He briefly points the pistol at the camera, you should be able to see bullets in the chambers of the cylinder but they are empty. Again, just before Preacher actually shoots Stockburn, he points the revolver at the camera and you see empty chambers where you should see the unfired bullets. (01:47:40 - 01:48:20)

The Preacher: Nothing like a nice piece of hickory.

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Question: In the final scenes where the five sheriffs are hunting Clint, one of the sheriffs passes by a barn and in the peak of the roof, what I believe are floodlights. Am I wrong?

David L Christensen

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