Movies that are slightly off.
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…
"There ain't no forgetting." vs. "The war's over."
Coming to terms with past trauma; vengeance vs. absolution.
This is definitely a weird thing to say about a movie in which a cold-blooded killer strikes up a relationship with a young woman whom he saves from being raped, but I think The Outlaw Josey Wales might be the most tender revisionist western I've seen. If the central thesis of the revisionist western is that manifest destiny wasn't all it was cracked up to be—that the supposedly benevolent civilizing influence saving North America from the savagery of the western frontier was itself just as savage, if not more so—The Outlaw Josey Wales takes back this undermining of traditional social values by showing…
4. A film about War! of: Scavenger Hunt #3
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.
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…
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.
I've been meaning to see this for a long time; glad I finally got around to it. It feels pretty traditional in a lot of ways, which works for me, but with just enough revisionist-type stuff to keep it fresh.
Here's how it entered my Flickchart:
The Outlaw Josey Wales > The Student Prince
The Outlaw Josey Wales > The Hudsucker Proxy
The Outlaw Josey Wales < Magnolia
The Outlaw Josey Wales < Old Yeller
The Outlaw Josey Wales < Paranoid Park
The Outlaw Josey Wales < Blossoms in the Dust
The Outlaw Josey Wales > Carnage
The Outlaw Josey Wales > Gone Baby Gone
The Outlaw Josey Wales < Topsy-Turvy
The Outlaw Josey Wales < The Cure
The Outlaw Josey Wales < The Fall
The Outlaw Josey Wales > Yojimbo
Final #875 out of 3679 (76%)
"To hell with them fellas. Buzzards gotta eat, same as worms."
I hated the first film I saw directed by Clint Eastwood (High Plains Drifter), so maybe I was a bit prejudiced against this, the second film I watched directed by Eastwood, when I first saw it...I also thought it was obnoxious. I still think it is unpleasant, but it is much more interesting than I first allowed. Josey Wales (Eastwood) is tending the fields in his Garden of Eden, but ‘red legs’, irregular soldiers on the side of the Union during the American Civil War, turn up, kill his wife and son and leave him for dead. He joins the Confederacy and we see him battling away during the credit sequence. The film proper begins after the credits, in post-War…
"Dyin' ain't much of a livin', boy."
Happy fouth of july folks! Celebrate your pride, build your modern communities and families, cheer for freedom, but don't forget: the day you'll celebrate too hard and stop examining your own nationalist loyalty, your wife will be kidnapped and your house burned down (or Trump will be elected, I guess)
"Are You Gonna Pull Those Pistols or Whistle Dixie?"
"Yeah, well, I always heard there were three kinds of suns in Kansas, sunshine, sunflowers, and sons-of-bitches"
I bet Clint was a cowboy in his previous birth. He gets my vote definitely. Looks the part,has the right amount of nonchalant swagger and i just cant take my eyes off him whenever he appears. Honestly i am a life long fan of The Good The Bad and The Ugly which is the benchmark by which i measure other westerns. What impressed me was the bonding scenes between Josey and Lone Watie. There are some nifty action sequences and some killer lines to go along with it which "i reckon" are in droves. Good one!
It appears the name "Revisionist Western" has been applied to this type of western, but only to differentiate it from what some would call the "revisionist" westerns of old, and the ultra-violent (and ultra-fun) Spaghetti Westerns. There has to be a better name.
Chief Dan is the standout as the humorous Indian chieftain, Lone Watie, a break from the cliche at the time, as Eastwood briefly details in one of the making-of featurettes.
Not the most amazing western, but a solid effort from Eastwood, bot as director and star. Several slow, uninteresting bits, but peppered with terrific sequences.
Drinking game potential, one shot for every time Clint spits, two if it shows him hitting a living thing with the spit.
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