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.
"Now remember, when things look bad and it looks like you're not gonna make it, then you gotta get mean. I mean plumb, mad-dog mean. 'Cause if you lose your head and you give up then you neither live nor win. That's just the way it is." - Josey Wales
A Missouri farmer joins a Confederate guerrilla unit and winds up on the run from the Union soldiers who murdered his family.
Looking back at this film, one can certainly feel hard-pressed to think this was made all in 1976. The characterization of Josey Wales was perhaps Clint's most ambiguous and complex role at the time, when he seemed to be getting type-cast as an unstoppable ultra-groovy tough bloke thanks…
It's okay. More engaging than 'Pale Rider,' although it's got its fair share of problems. The story has some serious dramatic potential, with its protagonist going full-circle from family man to violent outlaw to family man once again. Josey Wales didn't choose to leave an ordinary life behind; it was ripped away from him, and now he can never go back.
Unfortunately, it all feels very emotionally hollow, and the character development kind of stilted. It seems like Eastwood (both as an actor and director) is more preoccupied with showing us how badass Wales is than showing us any of his inner turmoil. He's trying to recapture the spirit of "The Man With No Name," but it just doesn't quite…
The Outlaw Josey Wales is very well acted, directed and competently made and the film looks really good, but it is such an uninspired and typical western feature with not a single original or memorable thing in it. The characters are forgettable, the action is overwhelming and the film is too boring at times despite having some genuinely great moments. It is in the end a very dull, overrated movie that favors style over substance.
Clint spits on everything in this. It's probably the all-time best spitting movie.
This has a great story and Clint Eastwood's direction and performance are excellent.
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…
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