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

Director:

Clint Eastwood

Writers:

Forrest Carter (book), Philip Kaufman (screenplay) (as Phil Kaufman) | 1 more credit »
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Cast overview, first billed only:
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 John Verros ... Chato
Will Sampson ... Ten Bears
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Storyline

Josey Wales (Clint Eastwood) 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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Western

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Clint Eastwood and Sondra Locke stayed at an unremarkable hotel in Oroville, California when production moved there in November. On Thanksgiving night, postcoital, Eastwood suddenly and unexpectedly leapt out of bed, threw open the hotel room door, and standing stark naked for the world, shouted "Sveeeeeeeeeetie! I love you-u-u-u-u." See more »

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When the two hillbillies are facing and pointing their rifles at Josey, the injured Jamie, lying on the ground, starts singing. Hillbilly #1, in the brown coat, turns his back to Josey and tells Hillbilly #2 to "shut him up". Hillbilly #2 turns his back to Josey, walks to Jamie and kicks him. This takes about three seconds when they both have their backs to Josey, plenty of time for Josey to draw his third pistol and make his day. 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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Alternate Versions

The original UK cinema version was cut by 16 secs by the BBFC to edit the attempted rape of Laura Lee in order for the film to receive a 'AA' (14 and over) certificate. All later releases were upgraded to an '18' certificate and fully uncut. See more »

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Referenced in Random Acts of Violence (2012) See more »

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Rose of Alabamy
(uncredited)
Written by Silas Sexton Steel
Performed by Sam Bottoms
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One Of My Favorite Westerns
8 June 2006 | by ccthemovieman-1See 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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Country:

USA

Language:

English | Navajo | Spanish

Release Date:

30 June 1976 (Canada) See more »

Also Known As:

The Rebel Outlaw: Josey Wells See more »

Filming Locations:

Kayenta, Arizona, USA See more »

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Budget:

$3,700,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$31,800,000

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$31,800,000
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Mono

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2.39 : 1
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