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The Outlaw Josey Wales [DVD] [1976]

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  • Actors: Clint Eastwood, Sondra Locke, Chief Dan George, Bill McKinney, John Vernon
  • Directors: Clint Eastwood
  • Writers: Forrest Carter, Philip Kaufman, Sonia Chernus
  • Producers: James Fargo, John G. Wilson, Robert Daley
  • Format: PAL, Subtitled
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: Arabic, Bulgarian, Dutch, English, French, German, Italian, Portuguese, Romanian, Spanish
  • Dubbed: French, Italian
  • Subtitles For The Hearing Impaired: English, Italian
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 18
  • Studio: Warner Home Video
  • DVD Release Date: 21 Jan. 2002
  • Run Time: 130 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (175 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00005TNZF
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 4,196 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Clint Eastwood directs and stars as Josey Wales, a peaceful farmer at the time of the American Civil War who becomes a Confederate outlaw in order to avenge his family's death at the hands of Union guerillas. His obsession with revenge slowly lifts, however, as he picks up various outcasts in the wilderness. Wales tries to protect his new 'family' by leading them to a safe haven where they can rebuild their lives.


The Outlaw Josey Wales (1976), Clint Eastwood's 31st film as an actor, 20th as international star and fifth as director, was the first to win him widespread respect. Critics had grumbled when the producer-star replaced Philip Kaufman (The Right Stuff) in the director's chair a week into shooting. They ended up cheering when Eastwood delivered both his most sympathetic performance to date and--with the heroic collaboration of cinematographer Bruce Surtees--an impressive Panavision epic that stresses the scruffiness, rather than the scenic splendours, of frontier life.

During the Civil War, Union "Redlegs" attack Southerner Josey Wales's dirt farm and wipe out his family. Seeking vengeance, Wales throws in with a company of Reb guerrillas. Tagged as a renegade after the surrender, he flees west into the vastness of the Indian Territories, where, quite unintentionally, he finds himself cast as the straight-shooting paterfamilias of an ever-growing, spectacularly motley community of misfits and castaways. This is to say, Josey's personal quest for survival and something like peace of mind evolves into a funky, multicultural allegory of the healing of America.

Josey Wales is good, not great, Eastwood. The big-gun fetishism can get tiresome, and too many characters exist only to serve as six-gun (and at one point Gatling gun) fodder. But mostly the film is agreeably eccentric, and almost furtively sweet in spirit--a key transitional title in the Eastwood filmography, and one of his most entertaining. --Richard T Jameson

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By S J Buck TOP 500 REVIEWER on 11 Sept. 2006
Format: DVD
Until Dances with Wolves and then Eastwoods own Unforgiven this was the best western post 1970. Eastwood plays the title role who is a certainly a match for the man with no name, but unlike that character Josey Wales is not amoral, in fact quite the contrary.

This is the first movie that Eastwood directed that made people sit up and notice him as a filmmaker rather than an action hero. Some classic trademark Eastwood lines are in this film, perhaps the best of which is:

Bounty Hunter - "You're wanted Wales"
Josey Wales - "Reckon I'm right popular. You a Bounty Hunter?"
BH - "A man's got to do something for a living these days"
JW - "Dyin' ain't much of a livin' boy"

The difference with this film (over say the spagetti westerns) is that Eastwoods character gradually becomes part of a family like gang of people. Most noteably an aging Indian (played by Chief Dan George) which makes for some wonderfully understated comic moments. One of the strengths of this film is you do care what happens. Yes there are gun fights and people are killed but in the end there is a sort of reconcilliation.

Already by this stage of his career Eastwood had a regular team around him to make the film. Standout amongst which is Bruce Surtees cinematography. This really is beautiful looking film.
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Thirty years after it was made, The Outlaw Josey Wales still stands up as Eastwood's finest outing as director. Like the later Unforgiven, it casts Eastwood in his traditional role of legendary gunfighter, but explores and humanizes the character, carrying him on a journey of genuine change and development. For me, this makes for a far more meaningful and enjoyable film than something like High Plains Drifter, in which Eastwood is just an inexplicable figure of vengeance; he isn't given a lot of credit for his acting skills, but when called upon do something other than just shoot people and look mean, Eastwood can deliver the goods. The Outlaw Josey Wales is one of only three films in which he cries onscreen, and in the opening scenes of the film he actually convinces as a meek farmer unable to stop his family`s murder. Whilst, throughout the film, he projects an image of violence and hatred, we see this image punctured as he continually comes into contact with other, weaker outcasts from society whom he is compelled to help. A story about redemption, not revenge, the film finally acknowledges that Josey Wales' true nature, of a family man, provider, and protector, still exists inside the feared outlaw he has become, and when he finally confronts the man who killed his wife and child, he is willing to forgive, and only kills him because the man in question is unable to comprehend this forgiveness. Ending on an upbeat note of new life, The Outlaw Josey Wales is Eastwood's most positive and emotionally complex work.
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THE OUTLAW JOSEY WALES is adapted from Forrest Carter's novel Gone To Texas, a tale of the 'Jayhawkers' - groups of diehard Confederates who refused to give-in and made their way to Mexico to fight with French-imposed Emperor Maximilian against the Juaristas (the Liberales of Benito Juarez and others). In the film they do not get that far - only Texas. And the storyline follows that charming medieval tale ... The Pied Piper of Hameln. For 'extras' are picked up along the way, attracted by the lure of a 'promised land' in the West, away from the ravages of the Civil War-torn South or Mid-West. Jerry Fielding's musical score was nominated for an Academy Award.
Eastwood's respective 'lesser' and more 'welcome' performances in HANG 'EM HIGH, PAINT YOUR WAGON, TWO MULES FOR SISTER SARA, THE BEGUILED, JOE KIDD and HIGH PLAINS DRIFTER, along with the runaway success of his Dirty Harry character, convinced Eastwood that he was best suited for the stern, sullen rôle of the mysterious stranger who drifts into town - in short, The Man With No Name persona created by Sergio Leone. Josey Wales is a man alone, a man possessed, "an army of one."
The 'Show Me' State of Missouri can rightfully claim an uncomfortable episode in its history. The 'Missouri Compromise' was an arrangement whereby Missouri was admitted to the Union in 1820 as a slave(-owning) State, but with the proviso that there would be no slavery in the State north of 36°30'. This brought a more brutal aspect to the Civil War's tragedies in Missouri with lootings, burnings and massacres followed by reprisal lootings, burnings and massacres.
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By lawyeraau HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWER on 25 Jan. 2003
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As I am not ordinarily a fan of westerns, I was surprised to find that I really enjoyed this film. It was an engrossing and entertaining movie, and, unlike others in this genre, it is an intelligent and well thought out film.
The film tells the story of a Missouri farmer who, towards the end of the Civil War, finds his home overrun by renegade union soldiers who set fire to his homestead, kill his wife and son, and leave him for dead. After burying his family, he joins a group of confederate guerillas who have suffered similar tragedies. Ultimately, the war ends and their leader brings them in for surrender, except for Josey Wales, who watches their surrender from afar. Good thing he did not join them, as their surrender turns into an execution by the very same men who had pillaged his home and killed his family.
Wales escapes only to be relentlessly hunted down by the very men who had wronged him, as well as by bounty hunters who want that five thousand dollar reward offered for his capture. Wales rides on to escape them, and along his travels acquires a motley entourage whom he befriends and who befriends him. What happens on his journey is classic Eastwood.
Clint Eastwood plays his role as a stoic man of few words, while Chief Dan George is an absolute delight as part of Wales' entourage. The rest of the cast is uniformly excellent. Of course, Sandra Locke, as Eastwood's real life main squeeze at the time, got star billing, even though her role was one of the smaller ones and her performance the least impressive of the supporting cast.
This remains one of the more entertaining films in this genre. It also made Hollywood sit up and take serious notice of Eastwood as a major force in the film industry.
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