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The Outlaw Josey Wales
...an army of one.
After avenging his family's brutal murder, Wales is pursued by a pack of soldiers. He prefers to travel alone, but ragtag outcasts are drawn to him - and Wales can't bring himself to leave them unprotected.
Are you gonna pull those pistols or whistle Dixie?
- Josey Wales
'An Army of One' as the poster proclaims, all roads seem to point towards this man Josey Wales caught in the midst of trying to avenge his wife and son. The Civil War is the backdrop for this story, one that begins in turmoil in some sort of nightmare that Josey's never likely to leave behind; and before the title credits even begin Eastwood's established this as a tense and incredibly atmospheric revisionist western. After being quite impressed by White Hunter Black Heart I realised that I had sadly seen very few of Eastwood's directorial efforts. The Outlaw Josey Wales is one of his earlier ones and it's…
Unforgiven is generally regarded as director Clint Eastwood's Western masterpiece. Rightly scooping a host of awards, it reinvigorated a genre that had saw little in the way of commercial or critic success in the previous couple of decades. For me though Eastwood's finest directorial achievement in the genre was back in 1976, and the troubled shoot that delivered one of the greatest Westerns of all time, The Outlaw Josey Wales.
A revisionist Western that sees a family man drawn into a revenge plot after the murder of his wife and children, there's more to this film that just a tale of retribution. Eastwood's Josey Wales joins The Confederacy following Captain Terrill's Redlegs (Pro-Union) attack on his farm. He becomes a…
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A good post Civil War Western directed and starring Clint Eastwood with epic showdowns, interesting fun characters, Clint violently killing all the bad guys, It follows a difference path from most revenge films. Its nicely shot, the shoot outs were magnificent, the film had good humor and the character Chief Dan George was fantastic. Clint's character Josey Wales story from farmer to outlaw was underdeveloped. the plot does gets repetitive. The end scene is epic. Good action adventure that's worth the ride.
Deeply flawed in some ways, perhaps as a reflection of Eastwood's own uncertainty over subverting his screen persona, but still ultimately a very beautiful film. Probably Eastwood's most overtly Ford-inspired work; the film constantly nods towards Stagecoach & The Searchers, this is a film about transformation, about reconciling ones self with the cruelty of the universe.
"Seems like we can't trust the white man," says Josey early on in the film. This line signifies both his complete disassociation with the "civilized world," and the beginning of the birth of a new family. One of the most beautiful scenes in Eastwood is the moment where this group of outcasts at last finds the ranch house they've been looking for, bathed in the…
Josey Wales sure likes to spit tobacco juice on people and creatures.
The Outlaw Josey Wales directed and starring Clint Eastwood.
A film that starts out Eastwood as Josey Wales is a loner not wanting to surrender to the union army shortly after the Civil War and after his family has been killed by Union on the family farm.
Josey soon turns to revenge and takes out a platoon of the army with their own Gatling gun.
Josey meets Lone Watie soon after and after some troubles befriends him and become partners in a sense, in riding around as a wanted fugitive they meet up with some folks traveling through to find settlement in Texas and trouble once again finds them.
The Outlaw Josey Wales is another crowning achievement from the great Clint Eastwood
Clint Eastwood's The Outlaw Josey Wales (1976) is a very overrated movie which starts strong but doesn't get good again until the final act, and even then it isn't great.
The characters for the most part are not likable, and when someone dies we really don't care. Josey is a complete dick to everyone (especially the dog) except for a forced romantic interest later in the film.
The action is very well done, however, there isn't a lot of it. The score is only mediocre for a western, which usually feature epic soundtracks (The Good The Bad and The Ugly).
When simplified, The Outlaw Josey Wales really is just an okay road trip movie where it starts with just Clint…
Though Eastwood's early Western direction lacks the intensity and unique collection of characters of Unforgiven, The Outlaw Josey Wales projects Eastwood's familiarity with the Western genre and paves the way for his future super-American films. Starring Eastwood as the titular character, we follow his violent, defensive rampage across Missouri as his seeks to avenge the death of his family and protect his comrades from the bloodthirsty Union guerrillas and bounty hunters. The film is thus very action centric, and though Wales often finds himself in life-threatening ambushes, his ingenuity and skill helps him evade certain peril. Eastwood is extremely creative with regards to Wales' methods, and makes sure to spice situations up so that the film is engaging without relying…
I don't think any of Clint Eastwood's stand alone westerns (other than maybe unforgiven) are as good as his spaghetti western trilogy but there worth a watch.
Thankfully more than just a simple tale of revenge, Josey Wales is a more complex and sometimes contemplative western dealing with themes of tolerance and community. Live and let live, really. It's otherwise conventional in generic form and styling, well directed and well played.
"You know there ain't no forgettin."
It took me a few sittings to get through this but it's for sure one of Clint's best characters and westerns. The last act makes up for the sluggishness of the set up of the story but Clint fits the role perfectly and does a competent job directing. I like that the movie was more than just a loner seeking revenge but eventually became about a group of loners becoming a surrogate family in the west, I just wish that every time I was getting attached to a new character it wouldn't add/remove another one. Perfect ending though.
It's a long movie, but it has good action, great shootouts, and small but well placed doses of humor throughout. I'd managed to miss seeing this one until now, but it's a great western.
Clint Eastwood's fifth film as a director (1976) shows an almost equal balance between his two main influences, Sergio Leone and Don Siegel. As the title character, a Confederate guerrilla out to avenge the murder of his family by Union redlegs, Eastwood combines the cold pragmatism of a Leone hero with the strident Old Testament morality of a Siegel protagonist. Although the last part of the film becomes repetitive and slightly confused, Eastwood manages the picaresque plot with skill, and his visuals have a high-charged, almost Germanic quality. Wales also possesses a touching emotional vulnerability that marks another significant step away from Eastwood's often-overcriticized "macho" image. All in all, a very creditable film.
Outside of UNFORGIVEN, probably Eastwood's best looking film (that I've seen anyway), achieving that sort of DAYS OF HEAVEN-esque glow that bounces around between shadows. And hey, John Vernon.
Yep, I reckon so. ::spits::
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