After outlaw leader Ben Wade is captured in a small town, his gang continue to threaten. Small-time rancher Dan Evans is persuaded to take Wade in secret to the nearest town with a railway ... See full summary »
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
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Horse Wranglers: This movie contains some of the most wild horse scenes ever recorded and kept in a movie. Two scenes in particular: 1) At the beginning of the cabin shoot out, a horse jumps the stream, and doesn't stick his landing. As a result, you watch him skate on his front legs for at least 20 to 30 feet. Wonderful to see it caught on tape. 2) About 3 minutes later, one of the women shoot at 3 guys on the side of the hill, knocking people off their mounts. The people, and the horses slide downhill and don't stop until they hit the bottom. Again, great that this was left in the film. See more »
When Laura Lee plays the concertina, the sound doesn't match what she's playing. See more »
Certainly Clint Eastwood's best complete movie, the story of a man drawn into hell by the inhumanity of others (specifically, the Redlegs and the Senator), who is redeemed by the humanity of others (the settlers, Lone Wattie and Ten Bears) to recover some semblance of a life after the Civil War. Eastwood's acting is economical (but a far cry from the man-with-no-name character he made famous), and carries the story very well, and his directing style is practically invisible (which is exactly what it should be -- if the director does his job, you should never even notice his contribution). The viewer is entirely caught up in the story of the man. All in all, a brilliant bit of film from Eastwood (who clearly learned everything he could from his own directors, and then combined that knowledge into superb craftsmanship of his own.)
It is interesting to contrast the Jose Wales and Billy Munny (from Unforgiven) characters. Wales seeks to regain his humanity through others; Munny - having regained his humanity from being a Wales-like character at the beginning of the movie - descends willingly into a hell of his own choosing.
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