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The Outlaw Josey Wales (1976)

PG | | Western | 30 June 1976 (USA)
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A Missouri farmer joins a Confederate guerrilla unit and winds up on the run from the Union soldiers who murdered his family.

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Josey Wales makes his way west after the Civil War, determined to live a useful and helpful life. He joins up with a group of settlers who need the protection that a man as tough and experienced as he is can provide. Unfortunately, the past has a way of catching up with you, and Josey is a wanted man. Written by Murray Chapman <muzzle@cs.uq.oz.au>

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...an army of one.

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30 June 1976 (USA)  »

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The Rebel Outlaw: Josey Wells  »

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$3,700,000 (estimated)
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The movie received mixed reviews on its release, but it wasn't until a few years later that aficionado Orson Welles, during a guest appearance on The Merv Griffin Show (1962), declared: "When I saw that picture for the fourth time, I realized that it belongs with the great Westerns. You know, the great Westerns of Ford and Hawks and people like that." See more »

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The fiddle that provided the music for dancing at the ranch was fitted with a chin-piece, which was not used until the twentieth century. See more »

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[first lines]
Josey's wife: Little Josey! C'mon in, let's get you cleaned up!
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Referenced in American Flyers (1985) See more »

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Rose of Alabamy
Written by Silas Sexton Steel
Performed by Joyce Jameson, Sheb Wooley, John Verros, and Matt Clark
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A brilliant western
2 March 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Strikes all the right notes of humor, adventure, gun fights and most of all, authenticity. Eastwood is impressive in front of and behind the camera. The script stays reasonably close to the book (Gone to Texas).

Chief Dan George is truly a treasure and was perfectly cast. The great Will Samson is imposing and utterly believable as Ten Bears. Bill McKinney (from the "Eastwood acting collective") is great as Terrill. Although, Sandra Locke is typically forgettable in an otherwise well cast film.

This along with Unforgiven will forever be branded classic "Cowboy" movies in my mind. I still recall Orson Welles on the Tonight Show telling Johnny he had just seen "the greatest Western ever made" after viewing The Outlaw Josey Wales. Brilliant film.


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