I thought I would share these rather nice candid photos of Clint along with actress co-star Sydney Penny. Pale Rider was 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. Train-station scenes were filmed in Tuolumne County, California, near Jamestown. Scenes of a more established Gold Rush town (in which Eastwood's character picks up his pistol at a Wells Fargo office) were filmed in the real Gold Rush town of Columbia, also in Tuolumne County, California. It’s hard to believe Pale Rider was shot over 30 years ago. I remember vividly the huge amount of publicity Pale Rider gathered at the time, and the general consensus that this was a key element of the mid 80s rival – the return of the western. Great times they were too. Watching Pale Rider on the big screen was a real feast on the eyes and Clint made fantastic use of those stunning locations. Pale Rider was released in the United States in June, 1985, and became the highest grossing western of the 1980s.
My thanks to Dave Turner for sending me these lovely photos.