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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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Matt Clark plays Kelly the bartender in Santa Rio, serving Josey Wales. In 1990, he plays Chester the bartender in Back To The Future III, serving "Clint Eastwood" a.k.a. Marty McFly. 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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(I Wish I Was In) Dixie's Land
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Written by Daniel Decatur Emmett
Performed by William O'Connell
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Eastwood's Best
8 August 2004 | by (US of A) – See all my reviews

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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