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Director:
Writers:
Forrest Carter (book)
Philip Kaufman (screenplay) ...
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Release Date:
30 June 1976 (USA) See more »
Genre:
Tagline:
...an army of one.
Plot:
A Missouri farmer joins a Confederate guerrilla unit and winds up on the run from the Union soldiers who murdered his family. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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Awards:
Nominated for Oscar. Another 1 win See more »
User Reviews:
Among The Best Westerns Of The 1970s See more (176 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Clint Eastwood ... Josey Wales

Chief Dan George ... Lone Watie

Sondra Locke ... Laura Lee
Bill McKinney ... Terrill

John Vernon ... Fletcher
Paula Trueman ... Grandma Sarah

Sam Bottoms ... Jamie

Geraldine Keams ... Little Moonlight

Woodrow Parfrey ... Carpetbagger

Joyce Jameson ... Rose
Sheb Wooley ... Travis Cobb

Royal Dano ... Ten Spot

Matt Clark ... Kelly (as Matt Clarke)
John Verros ... Chato

Will Sampson ... Ten Bears
William O'Connell ... Sim Carstairs

John Quade ... Comanchero Leader
Frank Schofield ... Senator Lane
Buck Kartalian ... Shopkeeper

Len Lesser ... Abe

Doug McGrath ... Lige

John Russell ... Bloody Bill Anderson

Charles Tyner ... Zukie Limmer
Bruce M. Fischer ... Yoke
John Mitchum ... Al
John Davis Chandler ... First Bounty Hunter (as John Chandler)
Tom Roy Lowe ... Second Bounty Hunter
Clay Tanner ... First Texas Ranger
Robert F. Hoy ... Second Texas Ranger (as Bob Hoy)
Madeleine Taylor Holmes ... Grannie Hawkins (as Madeline T. Holmes)
Erik Holland ... Union Army Sergeant

Cissy Wellman ... Josey's Wife
Faye Hamblin ... Grandpa
Danny Green ... Lemuel
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Frank Cockrell ... Confederate Soldier (uncredited)

Kyle Eastwood ... Josey's Son (uncredited)

Richard Farnsworth ... Comanchero (uncredited)

Walter Scott ... Drunken Galloper in Town (uncredited)

Directed by
Clint Eastwood 
 
Writing credits
Forrest Carter (book "Gone To Texas")

Philip Kaufman (screenplay) (as Phil Kaufman) and
Sonia Chernus (screenplay)

Produced by
Robert Daley .... producer
James Fargo .... associate producer (as Jim Fargo)
John G. Wilson .... associate producer
 
Original Music by
Jerry Fielding 
 
Cinematography by
Bruce Surtees (director of photography)
 
Film Editing by
Ferris Webster 
 
Casting by
Jack Kosslyn 
 
Production Design by
Tambi Larsen 
 
Set Decoration by
Charles Pierce  (as Chuck Pierce)
 
Makeup Department
Joe McKinney .... makeup supervisor
Lorraine Roberson .... hairstylist
Jack Obringer .... makeup artist (uncredited)
 
Production Management
John G. Wilson .... unit production manager
Nick Falco Sr. .... unit production manager (uncredited)
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Alan Brimfeld .... second assistant director (as Alan Brimfield)
James Fargo .... assistant director (as Jim Fargo)
Win Phelps .... second assistant director
 
Art Department
Edward Aiona .... property master (as Eddie Aiona)
Al Litteken .... construction coordinator
Nayce Acosta .... propmaker (uncredited)
Ragnar Antonsen .... drapery (uncredited)
Dan Baray .... propmaker (uncredited)
Robert L. Clark .... painter (uncredited)
Franklin Combs .... foreman (uncredited)
Franklin Combs .... greensman (uncredited)
Mike Combs .... foreman (uncredited)
Mike Combs .... greensman (uncredited)
Jack Davis .... propmaker (uncredited)
Tom Del Genio .... propmaker (uncredited)
Tim Di Puma .... propmaker (uncredited)
Henry Hail .... propmaker (uncredited)
Roy Kirkpatrick .... propmaker (uncredited)
George Lillie .... foreman (uncredited)
George Lillie .... painter (uncredited)
Richard Lind .... propmaker (uncredited)
Ronald MacDonald .... laborer (uncredited)
Alan Manser .... set dresser (uncredited)
William S. Maxwell III .... swing man (uncredited)
Frank Medina .... propmaker (uncredited)
Michael Muscarella .... propmaker (uncredited)
Andrew 'Sandy' Overholtzer .... propmaker (uncredited)
James J. Pickering .... drapery foreman (uncredited)
Eugene J. Reed .... carpenter (uncredited)
Bob Rentch .... propmaker (uncredited)
John Rozman .... leadman (uncredited)
John J. Rutchland Jr. .... construction foreman (uncredited)
George Samson Jr. .... plasterer (uncredited)
Marty Seidman .... foreman (uncredited)
Marty Seidman .... greensman (uncredited)
John Sexton .... props (uncredited)
Paul Sophy .... plasterer (uncredited)
Dean Wilson .... props (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
Bert Hallberg .... sound
Tex Rudloff .... re-recording mixer
Keith Stafford .... sound editor
Steve Birkett .... cable person (uncredited)
Alex Bytnar .... boom operator (uncredited)
David Rust .... boom operator (uncredited)
 
Special Effects by
Robert MacDonald .... special effects
A. Paul Pollard .... special effects (as Paul Pollard)
Frank Hafeman .... special effects (uncredited)
 
Stunts
Walter Scott .... stunt coordinator
Bennie E. Dobbins .... stunts (uncredited)
Jerry Gatlin .... stunts (uncredited)
Robert F. Hoy .... stunts (uncredited)
John Hudkins .... stunts (uncredited)
Mike H. McGaughy .... stunts (uncredited)
George Orrison .... stunt double: Clint Eastwood (uncredited)
George Orrison .... stunts (uncredited)
Larry Randles .... stunts (uncredited)
Neil Summers .... stunts (uncredited)
Greg Walker .... stunts (uncredited)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Kenneth Adams .... key grip (as Ken Adams)
Richard Barth .... camera assistant (as Dick Barth)
Doug Cook .... second grip
Thomas Del Ruth .... camera operator (as Tom Del Ruth)
Joseph Hernandez .... camera assistant (as Joe Hernandez)
Charles Holmes .... gaffer
Jack Kennedy .... best boy
Charles W. Short .... camera operator (as Charles Short)
Timothy E. Wade .... camera assistant (as Tim Wade)
Howard Anderson .... grip (uncredited)
George Bacos .... grip (uncredited)
Don Christie .... still photographer (uncredited)
Bob Fillis .... electrician (uncredited)
Leroy Hershkowitz .... electrician (uncredited)
Tony Ledger .... grip (uncredited)
Alvin Presley .... electrician (uncredited)
Gary Stromp .... electrician (uncredited)
David Tomack .... grip (uncredited)
 
Casting Department
Jack N. Young .... extras casting (uncredited)
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Glenn Wright .... costume supervisor
Thomas S. Dawson .... costumer: men (uncredited)
Susan Smith .... costumer: women (uncredited)
 
Editorial Department
Joel Cox .... assistant editor
 
Music Department
Dan Carlin Sr. .... music editor (as Dan Carlin)
 
Transportation Department
Art Rimdzius .... transportation captain
John Brumby .... driver (uncredited)
John Conte .... driver (uncredited)
Robert Conte .... driver (uncredited)
Howard Brady Davidson .... driver (uncredited)
Robert Fish .... driver (uncredited)
Tim Hill .... driver (uncredited)
Wayne Krause .... driver (uncredited)
Hank MacFarlane .... transportation co-captain (uncredited)
James Marett .... driver (uncredited)
Russ Meadows .... driver (uncredited)
Joe Sawyers .... driver (uncredited)
Steve Schultz .... driver (uncredited)
Donald Tuttle .... driver (uncredited)
Norman Walke .... driver (uncredited)
Tom Yardley .... driver (uncredited)
 
Other crew
John Franco .... script supervisor
Fritz Manes .... assistant to producer
James Moffett .... first aid
Rudy Ugland .... wrangler
Diana Brent .... secretary to producer (uncredited)
Jack Casey .... publicist (uncredited)
Cecil Higgins .... representative: American Humane Association (uncredited)
Carl Longstrom .... caterer (uncredited)
Don Mink .... auditor (uncredited)
Marshall Moody .... projectionist (uncredited)
Ramon Pahoyo .... craft service (uncredited)
Estelle Schaffer .... production coordinator (uncredited)
Elizabeth Yanoska .... assistant auditor (uncredited)
 
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Runtime:
135 min
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Certification:
Argentina:16 (original rating) | Argentina:Atp (re-rating) | Australia:M | Australia:MA (DVD rating) | Canada:14A | Finland:K-18 | Iceland:16 | Norway:18 | Norway:16 (1976) (heavily cut) | Peru:18 | Singapore:NC-16 | Spain:18 | Sweden:15 | UK:15 (edited tv version) | UK:AA (original rating) (passed with cuts) | UK:18 (video rating) (1986) (1999) | USA:PG (Approved No. 24565) | West Germany:16
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Trivia:
Because of Chief Dan George's age, he would have trouble remembering his lines so during takes, Clint Eastwood would begin to mouth his lines without realizing it and had to be told to stop because it would ruin the take. In a featurette on the DVD about making the film, Eastwood says he'd have people drill Dan George on his lines, but when it came time to shoot the scene, he'd say "Chief, just forget about the lines - tell me the story about the man who rode over the hill." And Dan George, who was apparently a natural storyteller would tell the story and it would be perfect.See more »
Goofs:
Crew or equipment visible: Near the end, after the old lady comments about freeloaders from Kansas, a camera shadow is seen when a guy falls off his horse in the last shoot out.See more »
Quotes:
[first lines]
Josey's wife:Little Josey! C'mon in, let's get you cleaned up!
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Soundtrack:
(I Wish I Was In) Dixie's LandSee more »

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29 out of 31 people found the following review useful.
Among The Best Westerns Of The 1970s, 17 January 2007
Author: virek213 from San Gabriel, Ca., USA

Even when matched up against his Oscar-winning 1992 film UNFORGIVEN, THE OUTLAW JOSEY WALES must rank as being among Clint Eastwood's finest turns both in front of and behind the camera. Having displayed a solid feel for the director's chair with 1971's PLAY MISTY FOR ME and 1973's HIGH PLAINS DRIFTER, Eastwood took the reins on JOSEY WALES when he and the original director Philip Kaufman, who still shared a co-write of the script (and had directed 1972's THE GREAT NORTHFIELD, MINNESOTA RAID), ran into some pretty strong disagreements. The end result was one of the best westerns of the 1970s, in critical, commercial, and artistic terms.

Eastwood's character is a farmer living out a quiet life in Missouri near the end of the Civil War who is forced to see his whole family and homestead wiped out by marauding "Redlegs" from Kansas. He joins up with a guerrilla band of Southerners to "set things aright." But when the Union betrays those same guerrillas into surrendering and then promptly slaughters all of them, Eastwood takes violent revenge. He soon finds himself of the run at the reluctant hands of his former commander (John Vernon), and a determined Union man named Terrill (Bill McKinney, who played one of the sadistic mountain men in DELIVERANCE). As he heads towards Texas, he encounters a motley group of outcasts (Chief Dan George; Sondra Locke; Paula Trueman), and becomes less obsessed by violent revenge and more interested in helping, going for his guns only when McKinney's Union troop closes in, and bounty hunters come looking for him.

In contrast to the "Man With No Name" persona he codified with Sergio Leone in the 1960s, or the tough cop he personified in DIRTY HARRY, Eastwood's Josey Wales is a man of great courage and sympathy who becomes tired of all the violence he has had to see and to take part in. The vengeance motif is largely played out by the time the film is into its second half, and it only comes back towards the tail end for a brief moment. Those who have tagged Eastwood as a political reactionary, a John Wayne of our time, have certainly misjudged him, as even one viewing of THE OUTLAW JOSEY WALES will testify to. He is not interested in being tough for the sake of being tough; he just wants to survive, and he wants those he protects to be able to live in peace. That's why, although the film is unavoidably violent at times, it has a considerable humanity too, and why it remains one of Eastwood's finest films even to this day.

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