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…
Josey Wales sure likes to spit tobacco juice on people and creatures.
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…
This is a pretty great Western!!
A new addition to my 'Top Ten Westerns of All Time'.
Sad that he spat on the dog, though. I'd rather he'd killed another 50 guys than spat on that dog.
"Get ready little lady, Hell is coming to breakfast."
"Dying ain't much of a livin, boy."
It says a lot about Eastwood that when asked which of his movies he was proudest of, he chose the one in which his character spit tobacco on four dead bodies, two insects, one white suit, and the same dog three different times.
Strong main character and performance (the same Eastwood gave during the seventies), a modern day antihero. Sadly both the supporting characters and the plot are not on par with it.
I found it rather conventional and generic, and certainly not in the league of something like The Good the Bad and the Ugly or The Searchers or any of those other epic Westerns.
It's an enjoyable romp; little more. Clint did better before, and he would do better since. Though I do agree it was terrifically written.
“Get ready, little lady. Hell is coming to breakfast.”
Not big on western films, but after a clumsy start, it got pretty good.
So...after three CYBORG COP movies I just had to wach something...well, normal, and (hopefully) good. Now, I'm a really huge Clint Easwood fan (as my avatar all ready suggests that), but I'm ashamed to admit that for some damn reason I never ever watched THE OUTLAW JOSEY WALES before. And this is apparently a classic! I've seen bits and pieces on TV and Youtube (mostly from first 30 minutes or so), but never the whole thing...but thanks to Geoff T who watched it recently and gave me idea to finally sit down and watch this...I did exactly that!
And of couse I liked it! This is really great western and great redemption story about a revenge thirsty gunfighter who gets…
The first thing I have to say is: I am not a huge fan of Western movies but I do know a great Western film when I see one - The Outlaw Josey Wales IS a fantastic Western film that is most definitely worth viewing. (And, again, I do not say that about many Western films).
The Outlaw Josey Wales captured my attention - I felt I was carried back in time, a time where the Western World was in fact wild and battles took place to govern the people. The Outlaw Josey Wales has a good story to tell about the governing of the people during the days after the American Civil War.
Outstanding performances, sets, costuming, cinematography, acting and story. This is a must see film for fans of Western films - and great for those of us (like myself) that are not into many Western movies.
A classic civil war-based western starring and directed by Clint Eastwood. I don't consider myself a huge western buff, but Outlaw Josey Wales is probably one of my favorites of the genre, and one of Eastwood's best outside the Dollars trilogy.
He plays a Missouri farmer quickly driven to vengeance after his family are brutally killed by a group of Union soldiers, later finding himself on the run from bounty hunters after an attack on a Union squad after joining a pro-Confederate Bushwhackers. "An army of one" holds true as Wales proves to be a fearless and highly trained gunslinger taking out anyone pursuing his way, eventually meeting elderly Cherokee Lone Watie who assists him on his journey across the…
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