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The Outlaw Josey Wales (1976)

 -  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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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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When Laura Lee plays the concertina, the sound doesn't match what she's playing. See more »

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Josey's wife: Little Josey! C'mon in, let's get you cleaned up!
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Classic Western!
13 August 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This is Clint Eastwood in one of his best roles ever. There's great one-liners like "You gonna pull those pistols or whistle Dixie?", "Dyin ain't much of a livin boy", etc. Eastwood meets up with the likes of 10-bears (Indian chief), Yankee soldiers, Rapist Trappers, you name it. At one point Eastwood meets an old Indian "I forgot his name" who tells him that he didn't surrender, but they captured his horse and made him surrender. I haven't seen this movie in over 2 or 3 years and so my memory of it has faded some but it's one of the best Westerns ever. As Eastwood would say "Better 'an you'll ever live to see". Rarely is there a happy ending in Eastwood's work. There's always another trail to ride, a bounty to collect, and blood to be shed. 'The Outlaw Josey Wales' shows how hard it is for that blood to be washed away.


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