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The Outlaw Josey Wales (1976)

PG | | Western | 7 August 1976 (Japan)
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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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7 August 1976 (Japan)  »

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The Rebel Outlaw: Josey Wells  »

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$3,700,000 (estimated)
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Filming began in mid-October 1975 in Lake Powell, Arizona. Clint Eastwood and Sondra Locke went on their first date shortly after arriving on location. Seated at a table for two in a cozy restaurant, they both ordered steak and baked potatoes, then returned to her room at the Wahweap Lodge and consummated their relationship. "It was truly magic," wrote Locke in her autobiography. "Together, it seemed that, though we were two bodies, two hearts . . . in perfect accord we were one." They stayed together 14 years. See more »

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Towards the end of the film, Josey and Laura Lee exchange jokes about their respective home states. Laura Lee tells a gag about Missouri being the "show-me" state, a nickname which most people agree only dates back to the 1890s, whereas this film is set in the immediate aftermath of the Civil War, in the 1860s. 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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Battle Hymn of the Republic
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Music by William Steffe
Lyrics by Julia Ward Howe
Performed by William O'Connell
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One Of My Favorite Westerns
8 June 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Clint Eastwood has directed, played in or starred in a lot of westerns. We all have our favorites and this my favorite Eastwood western, along with the more set-in-modern-day western, "Bronco Billy." (The latter is really a drama more than a western.)

This is simply an extremely entertaining story with two lead characters

  • played by Eastwood and Chief Dan George - who were fascinating to


watch. Also, as in most westerns, I enjoyed the good photography and was surprised, considering the year of release, that the language was pretty tame.

George has always been a favorite Native American actor for many people. He gets choice roles playing likable guys, and "Lone Watie" character here is no exception. Eastwood, as " Josey Wales," reverts successfully back to his "Man with no name" persona: you know, the strong silent and somewhat mean type. He's a lot like the characters John Wayne played late in his career. He best portrays this with scenes like the one in which he spits tobacco on his dog!

In addition, there are some solid actors in minor roles, people like John Vernon, Sondra Locke and Bill McKinney, Will Sampson, Sheb Wooley and Sam Bottoms, among others. I was surprised Locke, Eastwood's girlfriend or wife at the time, didn't have a bigger role. With her youthful looks and great big eyes, she looked prettier than I've ever seen her, although she never was a glamor girl or got many good parts.

At 136 minutes, this is a bit long but it never drags. This is one of the very few movies I ever watched twice within two weeks and enjoyed it immensely both times....and each time since.


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