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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…
"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.
"Dyin' ain't much of a living, boy."
clint reckons, spits, rides horses, shoots MFers faster than his shadow and other many badass things in this western that mainly focuses on how the unionists also committed their fair share of atrocities, especially after the war had ended.
of course eastwood's invincible personna can get a little silly, and the plot is quite often predictable, but the movie carries a lot of heart — the credit goes to eastwood's charisma — and features many encounters/sidestories that are never without meaning.
lastly, surtees' cinematography is absolutely stunning — great 4K restoration. his use of vibrant colors give a very powerful look — those red boots, the blood — to the film and the places eastwood crosses during his journey look fantastic.
A Civil War revisionist Western with a capital R. Set in Bleeding Kansas, where Union and Confederate guerrillas slaughtered each other on the Kansas-Missouri border. Josey Wales is a farmer who joins up with the Confederate cause after Union jayhawkers murder his family. After the war, his unit is tricked into surrendering and massacred by the Union Army, and he flees to Texas, pursued by federal agents and bounty hunters.
Josey Wales is a pro-Confederate movie to some degree, like most American Civil War films are. It papers over the issue of slavery and it's based on a novel by the virulently segregationist writer Forrest Carter, and it was hard for me to put those facts aside. But it's not…
Film #19 of Scavenger Hunt 20
Task #2: A film that one director started working on, but another director took their place.
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I'm fairly convinced now that if you put Clint Eastwood in a movie and hand him a gun, he'll play a convincing... whatever you need him to. I mean, even in Gran Torino when he only pretends to have a gun and is ancient, he still has a huge amount of charisma and presence. So, seeing him 40 years ago with a full head of hair, riding around on horseback, attracting a ragtag group of rebels to fight back against an oppressive regime during the times of the Civil War, is really enjoyable.
“Dyin' ain't much of a livin', boy”.
Someone here on Letterboxd convinced me to rewatch this movie, which I had previously given one star. I don’t remember their name, but I cannot begin to say how grateful I am. This is a masterpiece.
Right at the start it’s obvious that this is different from so many other Clint Eastwood movies, and westerns generally. Josey Wales is a family man beset on revenge, but he is also compassionate and human. He’s tough, but when his family and friends die he feels it, and he feels responsible. That latter word is important, because this movie seems to go against the grain of regular westerns in caring a lot about negative responsibility. That…
"Dying ain't much of a living."
This film is filled with great quotes from the outlaw himself, Clint Eastwood. One of his better movies, The Outlaw Josey Wales is a nice classic amongst the western genre.
"I guess we all died a little in that damn war."
The Outlaw Josey Wales is the best western that I have ever seen. It establishes the chaotic microcosm of the post-war West with incredible rawness, and delivers a magnificent character study of the war-addled American, a man who just wants to live in peace but is pushed to commit acts of extreme violence by traumatic and inexplicably horrifying events beyond his control.
I think the biggest reason why I love this film so much is kind of why I love John Boorman's Deliverance: it feels so acutely authentic to the point that you believe that the events actually happened, despite the fact that the events conspiring are sometimes bizarre.…
From Clint Eastwood's floppy hat I could tell instantly he was in trouble...
The first 10 minutes of the movie I wasn't too impressed with the lighting/color/score. When I hear Fifes and Drums as a score I'm instantly under the impression this is a civil war film (which I hate).
Childlike pretend violence. Terrible dialogue. Bad acting.
I won't be finishing this film, unfortunately.
If you don't like this film then there must be something wrong with you. Ok, so the film is probably 20 minutes too long, but the action is still great, and the lines in this are for me, the most memorable of all films.
"I didn't surrender, but they took my horse and made him surrender"
"Are you a bounty hunter?"
"A man's got to do something for a living these days"
"Dying ain't much of a living boy"
"But then it's always like that, just when I get to liking someone, they ain't around for too long"
"I notice that once you get to disliking someone, they ain't around too long either"
"Glad you stopped me when you did, I might have killed her"
"Oh I noticed that"
Slower than what I've seen of Eastwood's Dollars franchise.
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