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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 could probably write a multi-thousand-word essay on how mixed my feelings are about this movie, because on just about every conceivable level on which I could analyze it, there are things I absolutely love and things I really, really don't like. It amazes me how this movie managed to both aggravate and thrill me at the same time, how it could send so many messages I love and messages I hate all at once, how the characters could be a collection of multidimensional human beings and useless damsels, how the storytelling could be so tight one scene and then the next have a woman whose husband was just killed in front of her complaining that her clothes are uncomfortable. I have always had a conflicted relationship with Clint Eastwood movies, but this takes the cake.
Everybody wants to be Rambo, even Clint.
Plays like an unorganized greatest hits of western mythology and the hero's redemption, but without ever giving me a reason to care about the main character Josey Wales. It's a textbook case of building up the hero by making the villains really really bad, and unless you are already hooked on Eastwood's Kool-Aid, or one of those people who believe the South will rise again, it's hard to see this film as much more than posturing. But I guess when you are a serial womanizer who gets his director fired and then assumes the role, posturing is the least of your concerns.
Πολύ ωραίο western που εξελίσσεται κατά τη διάρκεια της μετεμφυλιακής εποχής στην Αμερική. Η γνωστή από τα western του Leone λιγομίλητη χολερική περσόνα του Clint Eastwood, η πολύ καλή φωτογραφία, η ψυχολογία των ηττημένων ενός εμφυλίου που δεν θέλουν να υποταχτούν στη νέα εξουσία αλλά και η ανάγκη για συμφιλίωση και κλείσιμο των παλιών πληγών ("we all died a little in that damn war") είναι τα κυριότερα στοιχεία αυτού του κλασικού western.
I loved this one! Really good western, nicely directed by Eastwood. Good western action, several iconic moments and lines. Even humor that was on point. This is my dad's favorite western from Eastwood and I can see why!
Also, Chief Dan George was GOAT.
One of the handful of impressive Eastwood efforts I've seen so far. As the lead, he does his grizzled thing and does it well. The meek girl he saves and has eyes for is bewitching, which sadly Eastwood doesn't devote enough story time to here. Too many shooting matches towards the latter half start giving the film a redundant quality, but it's strong points are enough here to negate the missteps.
A ragtag bunch of people brutalized and scarred by violence form an eccentric community. Eastwood's Josey Wales spends most of the movie spittin' and shootin', but it's a paradoxical means of escaping the cyclical violence of the war.
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