The Outlaw Josey Wales

1976

Action / Western

46
Rotten Tomatoes Critics - Certified Fresh 94%
Rotten Tomatoes Audience - Upright 92%
IMDb Rating 7.9 10 57343

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Clint Eastwood as Josey Wales
Richard Farnsworth as Comanchero
Matt Clark as Kelly
Sondra Locke as Laura Lee
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Reviewed by beckr1 10 / 10

One of the Greatest Westerns of All-Time.

"Are you gonna pull those pistols or whistle Dixie?" To some of us, we quietly get together in closed-door sessions and hushed tones and truly believe that this is the greatest western of all time. It certainly is Clint Eastwood's favorite movie. However, for the sake of our classic western fans, I put it in third place. It has stood the test of time and true Western fanatics quote lines from this movie. "Not a hard man to track. Leaves dead men wherever he goes." Eastwood runs the full gamut of his emotions and turns in a great job of acting including spittin' chaw on everything that moves. Rottentomatoes.com has a perfect 100% score on the critics "Tomatometer" with Roger Ebert stating, " Eastwood is such a taciturn and action-oriented performer that it's easy to overlook the fact that he directs many of his movies -- and many of the best, most intelligent ones. Here, with the moody, gloomily beautiful photography of Bruce Surtees, he creates a magnificent Western feeling." It was also one of the few Western movies to receive critical and commercial success in the 70's at a time when the Western was thought to be dying as a major genre in Hollywood. Orson Welles while on Merv Griffin and Johnny Carson proclaimed Josey Wales the best Western ever made and admitted to seeing it over 4 times!!! Jerry Fielding was nominated for an Oscar in the best motion picture score category. In 1996, this film was placed in the United States Library of Congress and selected for preservation in their National Film Registry. "Dyin' ain't much of a livin', boy."

Reviewed by jsk32870 7 / 10

Good. Expected More.

This is not a bad film, but I honestly have to say it's not the best western I've seen. I am not sure why several reviewers here have written that. To each his own I guess. I am currently cycling through all of Clint Eastwood's westerns in chronological order...some I've seen many times, others I've never seen before....to date, there's only one or two I liked less than Josey Wales.

Now again, it's not bad. I think it's good enough that I'm giving it 7 1/2 stars. But here's the plot in a real quick nutshell: A man on the run from bounty hunters and soldiers tries to make his way to Indian territory so he can disappear. Along the way he picks up a collection of misfits who all eventually prove useful in one capacity or another. Mix in a lot of comic relief and ....that's pretty much it. And to me, well, that just isn't all that great.

Sure, the beginning was intense, and there were a few good action sequences, but there was too much time devoted to the journey and the ever-expanding motley crew joining the pack. This film was as much about the various misfits (and their backstories, and their potential futures) as it was about Josey Wales himself. Also, there's not a lot of action. For a western exceeding two hours, it was too long of a movie to have such little action, especially after the opening credits. When I think western, I think the Dollars trilogy, or 'Unforgiven,' heck 'The Magnificent Seven' beats this hands down. This was all about 'the journey,' or as some have said, of Josey 'regaining his humanity.' Whatever. But it wasn't really a western, not in the spirit of the Dollars trilogy or even of 'High Plains Drifter.' When you think 'western,' you usually don't think "I want to watch a film about a guy regaining his humanity with the help of misfit strangers he reluctantly takes into what forms as a surrogate family." Take that for what it is, but it's not what I was expecting. I suspect people who count this among their favorite westerns aren't big fans of westerns in general. I am not sure, but what I can say is...it's not one of mine.

7.5/10. Good enough for a 2nd viewing. But if I really want to see a fantastic western I would pick 'For a Few Dollars More' any day. And twice on Sunday.

Reviewed by Prismark10 6 / 10

Pale rider

Warner Brothers executive David Geffen was correct, the film needed to be trimmed a bit.

The Outlaw Josey Wales has long been regarded as the last great western set during and in the aftermath of the American Civil War.

Josey Wales, a Missouri farmer watched his family being murdered by Union militants. Hell bent on revenge, Wales joins a band of Confederate guerrilla fighters. After the war, all the fighters apart from Wales surrender to Union officers who massacre them.

Wales becomes an outlaw and an ace marksman. He is pursued both by bounty hunters and Unionist soldiers. As Wales attempts to head for Mexico he is befriended by an old Indian, a mangy dog and a young Indian woman. Wales slowly regains his humanity.

Philip Kaufman co-wrote the screenplay and was slated to direct the film. He was fired by Eastwood part way through. I think it would had been a better film with Kaufman.

When you see a movie over forty years after its initial release, you see it differently. This is an elegiac film with a lot of humour between Eastwood and Chief Dan George. Despite the action set up, it moves at times at a leisurely pace.

Kaufman was unhappy with the source novel's political stance. Once again we have a film set in the civil war where the Unionist soldiers are seen as despicable. The pro slavery Confederates being painted as honourable and wronged.

I did have problems as to how Wales goes on from being an ordinary farmer to such a sharpshooter. There is also a libertarian message that seems to be more anti government which reflects Eastwood's views somewhat. The Indian nations might have little issues with such a message given how they kept losing their land. Does this also mean I have a right to keep this black man as a slave and the big bad government has denied me this right?

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