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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.
Those poor horses didn't deserve all that unnecessary trauma.
The good thing though is that they're all probably dead now, I suppose.
Big Boss gets some rest while Code Talker rambles on about Wolbachia and copulation.
An absorbing western drama starring Clint Eastwood.
O mais curioso sobre os primeiros filmes de Eastwood, como O Estranho Sem Nome e esse Josey Wales, é ver como o viés conservador do diretor foi se acentuando com o tempo.
Se aqui ele põem como protagonista um outsider, um homem perseguido por não se adequar as estruturas sociais que passaram a ser impostas em uma sociedade anteriormente quase sem lei, unindo-se a outros excluídos, como índios e mulheres, hoje ele comanda uma visão sem reflexão do "democratização" do Oriente Médio, que traz o trauma dos soldados ocidentais, mas que nunca aponta sua câmera para o outro lado do scope de seu sniper americano, para a população a ser "salva" do terror.
Mas voltando ao filme de 1976, todo…
Revenge flick. Solid '70s Eastwood.
This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.
Except for the fighting scenes, this movie sucked. I obviously don't just have something 'against' Westerns because Back to the Future III is one of my favorite movies. Horses die.
My rating would be 4 stars or more if it was Unforgiven but watching this again made me see how far he has come as a director. Have yet to see his directorial debut feature 'Play Misty For Me' which is now on my must see list. This movie is truly competent in every respect but I am trying to see the identity that makes it an Eastwood versus any large budgeted western of the time. The only reason I rate it so low is because it has all the right elements but not as much impact as Unforgiven. It's hard to give a good western a lower rating but I feel it is my honest take on it.
COEN BROTHERS APPROVED: I grew up looking at this poster. If not, it was the single most coolest front cover in movie history, or at least in the video-rental-store I use to walk around. I grew up to the posters of Peter Jackson's Dead Alive (1992) and Paul Verhoeven's terrible Showgirls (1995). It was this poster that caught my eye a lot. Seeing a badass cowboy holding two pistols; veins popping out of his head; mad look; so awesome. But hey, you obviously cannot judge a book (movie) by its cover.
THE OUTLAW JOSEY WALES follows the journey of a family-man, farmer (Clint Eastwood) whose wife and child get murdered by Union soldiers. Towards the turn of the century, this…
Good stuff. Clint shows off both of his prime directives as a filmmaker: naturalism and explicit violence. One's a unique gift, not often utilized for mainstream films, while the other is adolescent escapism, although I guess it helps keep your attention. The two don't clash as much as you'd think they would, though, maybe because he's cultivated an entire career out of merging them so we're used to it by now.
Memorable supporting characters:
John Vernon as Fletcher, who alternately respects Josey Wales and hunts him down as a task of necessary evil. He mythologizes Josey with some badass dialogue, and the way his eyes appear out of the shadows in the bar at the end is legendary
Chief Dan George as Josey's wry Indian sidekick. Brings a lot of the underplayed humor to the movie, which may have been too grim without him
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