7.9/10
52,191
191 user 73 critic

The Outlaw Josey Wales (1976)

PG | | Western | 7 August 1976 (Japan)
Trailer
2:14 | Trailer

Watch Now

From $2.99 (SD) on Amazon Video

ON DISC
A Missouri farmer joins a Confederate guerrilla unit and winds up on the run from the Union soldiers who murdered his family.

Director:

Writers:

(book), (screenplay) (as Phil Kaufman) | 1 more credit »
Reviews
Popularity
3,719 ( 126)
Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 1 win. See more awards »

Videos

Photos

Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Pale Rider (1985)
Western
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

A mysterious preacher protects a humble prospector village from a greedy mining company trying to encroach on their land.

Director: Clint Eastwood
Stars: Clint Eastwood, Michael Moriarty, Carrie Snodgress
Mystery | Western
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  

A gunfighting stranger comes to the small settlement of Lago and is hired to bring the townsfolk together in an attempt to hold off three outlaws who are on their way.

Director: Clint Eastwood
Stars: Clint Eastwood, Verna Bloom, Marianna Hill
Hang 'Em High (1968)
Certificate: M Western
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

When an innocent man barely survives a lynching, he returns as a lawman determined to bring the vigilantes to justice.

Director: Ted Post
Stars: Clint Eastwood, Inger Stevens, Pat Hingle
Certificate: M Adventure | Romance | War
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

Nun Sara is on the run in Mexico and is saved from cowboys by Hogan, who is preparing for a future mission to capture a French fort. The pair become good friends, but Sara never does tell him the true reason behind her being outlawed.

Director: Don Siegel
Stars: Clint Eastwood, Shirley MacLaine, Manolo Fábregas
Magnum Force (1973)
Action | Crime | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

Dirty Harry is on the trail of vigilante cops who are not above going beyond the law to kill the city's undesirables.

Director: Ted Post
Stars: Clint Eastwood, Hal Holbrook, Mitchell Ryan
Sudden Impact (1983)
Action | Crime | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

A rape victim is exacting revenge on her aggressors in a small town outside San Francisco. "Dirty" Harry Callahan, on suspension for angering his superiors (again), is assigned to the case.

Director: Clint Eastwood
Stars: Clint Eastwood, Sondra Locke, Pat Hingle
Dirty Harry (1971)
Action | Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  

When a mad man calling himself 'the Scorpio Killer' menaces the city, tough as nails San Francisco Police Inspector Harry Callahan is assigned to track down and ferret out the crazed psychopath.

Director: Don Siegel
Stars: Clint Eastwood, Andrew Robinson, Harry Guardino
The Enforcer (1976)
Action | Crime | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

Dirty Harry must foil a terrorist organization made up of disgruntled Vietnam veterans. But this time, he's teamed with a rookie female partner that he's not too excited to be working with.

Director: James Fargo
Stars: Clint Eastwood, Tyne Daly, Harry Guardino
The Gauntlet (1977)
Action | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  

A hard but mediocre cop is assigned to escort a prostitute into custody from Las Vegas to Phoenix, so that she can testify in a mob trial. But a lot of people are literally betting that they won't make it into town alive.

Director: Clint Eastwood
Stars: Clint Eastwood, Sondra Locke, Pat Hingle
Western
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8/10 X  

A wandering gunfighter plays two rival families against each other in a town torn apart by greed, pride, and revenge.

Director: Sergio Leone
Stars: Clint Eastwood, Gian Maria Volontè, Marianne Koch
Action | Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

A hard-nosed, hard-living Marine gunnery sergeant clashes with his superiors and his ex-wife as he takes command of a spoiled recon platoon with a bad attitude.

Director: Clint Eastwood
Stars: Clint Eastwood, Marsha Mason, Everett McGill
Joe Kidd (1972)
Western
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  

An ex-bounty hunter reluctantly helps a wealthy landowner and his henchmen track down a Mexican revolutionary leader.

Director: John Sturges
Stars: Clint Eastwood, Robert Duvall, John Saxon
Edit

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
...
...
...
...
...
Paula Trueman ...
...
...
...
...
Sheb Wooley ...
...
...
Kelly (as Matt Clarke)
John Verros ...
...
Edit

Storyline

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>

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

...an army of one.

Genres:

Western

Certificate:

PG | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

 »
Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

| |

Release Date:

7 August 1976 (Japan)  »

Also Known As:

The Rebel Outlaw: Josey Wells  »

Filming Locations:

 »

Box Office

Budget:

$3,700,000 (estimated)
 »

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Color:

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

According to famed music producer David Geffen, Eastwood's tough reputation is well-deserved. When Geffen was a young exec at Warner Bros., one of his assignments was to give notes on a pre-screening of this film. All the other Warner execs were unanimous in their praise for the picture. Geffen liked the film, but told star Eastwood that perhaps the film could be shortened by half an hour. Eastwood calmly told Geffen that if he wanted half an hour out of the picture, he could do it himself. Geffen asked Eastwood where he would be, to which Eastwood replied: "I'll be across the street at Paramount cutting a new deal." Geffen was never asked to sit in on any other Eastwood picture after that encounter. See more »

Goofs

At one point in the movie there is a soldier playing a 5 string open-back banjo claw-hammer style in the back-ground. Shadows through the leather head of the banjo can be seen. Even though the banjo started to evolve in the late 1840s, the open-back banjo was invented by Arthur Windsor in England after 1887 and "frailing" (claw-hammer style picking) did not become popular until the late 1800s'. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Josey's wife: Little Josey! C'mon in, let's get you cleaned up!
See more »

Connections

Referenced in Hijacking Hollywood (1997) See more »

Soundtracks

The Irish Washerwoman
(uncredited)
Written by Traditional
Performed by Sheb Wooley
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
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.


38 of 50 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Contribute to This Page