High Plains Drifter (1973) Poster

Verna Bloom: Sarah Belding



  • Sarah Belding : Be careful. You're a man who makes people afraid, and that's dangerous.

    The Stranger : It's what people know about themselves inside that makes 'em afraid.

  • Sarah Belding : They say the dead don't rest without a marker of some kind.

  • The Stranger : I'd love to oblige you. But a man's got to get his rest sometime.

    Sarah Belding : Oblige me?

    The Stranger : But I tell you what, if you'd come back in about half hour, I'll see what I can do, all right?

  • Lewis Belding : Will you never understand, woman? That wasn't anything we wanted to do. When Duncan found out the mine was on government property... it was just a technicality, really, but he was determined to turn us in. Wouldn't listen to reason.

    Sarah Belding : Is that why? Is that really why it happened?

    Lewis Belding : Don't you see, Sarah? They would have closed down the mine. Do you know what would've happened to this town then? It would've been the end of everything we've worked on. All of it, all of us. And you too, wife. Sometimes we have to do what's necessary to do... for the good of everybody. That's the price of progress.

    Sarah Belding : And what's the price of a human life?

  • The Stranger : My room ready?

    Sarah Belding : Two connecting rooms. The best in the hotel. One for entertaining your many new friends in town, and one for sleeping - if your conscience lets you sleep.

    The Stranger : Oh, I sleep just fine, ma'am.

    Sarah Belding : Is that so?

    The Stranger : You care to see for yourself?

    Sarah Belding : [glares at him and walks away] 

  • Sarah Belding : I knew you were cruel, but I didn't know how far you could go.

    The Stranger : Well, you still don't.

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