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The Outlaw Josey Wales (1976)

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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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Clint Eastwood

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Forrest Carter (book), Philip Kaufman (screenplay) (as Phil Kaufman) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

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 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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Taglines:

...an army of one.

Genres:

Western

Certificate:

PG | See all certifications »

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English | Navajo | Spanish

Release Date:

7 August 1976 (Japan) See more »

Also Known As:

Josey Wales See more »

Filming Locations:

Kayenta, Arizona, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$3,700,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$31,800,000

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$38,000,000
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.39 : 1
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Trivia

A little known sequel titled The Return of Josey Wales (1986) directed by and starring Michael Parks was released ten years later. See more »

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When Josey frees Laura Lee and Granny from Commancheros he cuts the ropes binding their hands and you can see Laura Lee's wrists have rope burns from being pulled along. A short time later at Blood Butte, Laura Lee tells Josey dreams are like clouds across a sky-blue mind, and her wrists show no burns at all. 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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Referenced in Cold in July (2014) See more »

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Cripple Creek
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Written by Traditional
Performed by Sheb Wooley
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"Are You Gonna Pull Those Pistols or Whistle Dixie?"
1 March 2005 | by bsmith5552See all my reviews

"The Outlaw Josie Wales" was made by Clint Eastwood at a time when westerns were out of favor and the public wanted more of Clint as Dirty Harry. This film as it turned out, was one of Clint's best and certainly ranks up there with the more popular "Unforgiven" (1992).

Josie Wales (Eastwood) is a dirt farmer in Missouri during the American Civil War. One day a group of yankee raiders led by Captain "Red Legs" Terrill (Bill McKinny) attacks and burns his farm and murders his wife and young son while leaving Josie for dead. As Josie ponders what to do next a group of southern raiders led by "Bloody Bill" Anderson (John Russell) takes him into his gang to seek his revenge.

After the South surrenders, a fellow southerner, Fletcher (John Vernon) offers the remaining members of Anderson's gang amnesty if they will swear allegiance to the North. All but Wales agree. Unbeknownst to Fletcher, the men are suddenly murdered by the Union soldiers led by Terrill and in spite of Josie's efforts, only he and a young soldier names Jamie (Sam Bottoms) escape. Terrill and Fletcher are sent to hunt down the fugitives.

Jamie soon dies from his wounds and Josie is left alone. He makes for Mexico but is joined first by Lone Watie (Chief Dan George), then Little Moonlight (Geraldine Kearns) whom Josie rescues from a trading post and finally Laura Lee (Sondra Locke) and Grandma Sarah (Paula Trueman) who he rescues from a gang of Commancheros.

The group makes for Texas where Grandma Sarah's son has left her a ranch. All the time Josie is being pursued by Terrill and assorted bounty hunters. Josie dispatches several of them with his brace of Colt 45 horse pistols.

Finally at the ranch, the group sets up a home and Josie begins to fall for Laura Lee. Fearing an Indian attack, Josie rides to meet with Chief Ten Bears (Will Sampson) and makes peace with him. But finally Terrill and his group of "Red Legs" tracks Josie down and..........

Eastwood who also directed the movie, plays Wales with his usual grim faced persons. He's not afraid to pull his pistols and dispose of anyone who stands in his way. Interestingly enough, Eastwood cast all of the principal Native roles with native actors and treated them as equals and not in the old Hollywood tradition.

An excellent western in every way.


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