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175 of 184 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Clint Eastwood's best movie: an American Classic
Although Clint Eastwood gained his greatest critical acclaim as a director for 1992's "Unforgiven" and 2003's "Mystic River" -- both of which are incredible pieces of American cinema -- his best film remains this perennially popular Western from 1976. Here's Eastwood's own take on it: "I do believe that if I'd made that picture in 1992, in place of `Unforgiven,' it might...
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3.0 out of 5 stars Clint Still Honing His "Modern Western" Craft
After recently watching Unforgiven and being completely blown-away by it once again, I decided (on the advice of others) to try out The Outlaw Josey Wales, which I had not seen since I was probably about 12 years old. Though I didn't hate it, it never really gripped me like Unforgiven or my other top-shelf westerns.

For a basic plot summary, The Outlaw Josey...
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175 of 184 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Clint Eastwood's best movie: an American Classic, March 27, 2004
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Although Clint Eastwood gained his greatest critical acclaim as a director for 1992's "Unforgiven" and 2003's "Mystic River" -- both of which are incredible pieces of American cinema -- his best film remains this perennially popular Western from 1976. Here's Eastwood's own take on it: "I do believe that if I'd made that picture in 1992, in place of `Unforgiven,' it might have received the same amount of attention, because I think it's equally as good a film. I think the subject matter of `Josey Wales' is timeless." Orson Welles himself named it one of his favorite movies!
Yet critics at the time completely dismissed it as just another Clint Eastwood Western-Revenge flick. On the surface, the plot might give you that illusion: Missouri farmer Josey Wales loses his family to marauding Union cutthroats during the civil war. In retaliation, he joins Qunatrill's raiders in the guerrilla warfare that flames across Missouri. When the war ends, Wales refuses to surrender. He flies west across the country, chased by his former leader Fletcher (John Vernon in a great, sympathetic performance) and Terrill, the Union captain who murdered his family (Eastwood regular Bill McKinney). It seems Wales has no future except to stay alive long enough to get his revenge.
But...that's not at all what movie ends up being about. Gradually, Wales finds himself at the center of a growing community of outcasts from many different backgrounds: an old Cherokee named Lone Watie (Chief Dan George, in the film's most unforgettable performance), a band of Northern settlers (including Sondra Locke in her first role with Clint), a girl from another Native American tribe, the residents of a dying Texas town, and a red bone hound. Gradually, "The Outlaw Josey Wales" turns into a story about forgetting revenge and a fixation on death, and instead about embracing life and rebuilding a community. "Dying is easy for men like you and me," Wales says to a Comanche chief (Will Sampson) in one scene. "It's living that's hard." It's one of the most unexpectedly uplifting and moving films ever made. And, let's make no mistake about it, it's also an action-packed, tough, and exciting film.
Strangely, the film came out of extremely difficult circumstances and rough beginnings. Eastwood purchased the rights to Forrest Carter's novel "Gone to Texas," only to discover that the author was actually Asa (Ace) Carter, who had worked as a speech writer for George Wallace supporting racial segregation and had once created a subgroup of the Ku Klux Klan. Upon meeting Carter, Eastwood and his producer Robert Daley found the man to be a borderline sociopath (he drew a knife on one of Daley's secretaries at a restaurant). Regardless, Eastwood loved the beautiful story too much and pushed on with making the film. He hired Philip Kaufman to both write and direct the movie, now re-named "The Outlaw Josey Wales." Kaufman (along with Sonia Chernus) wrote a stunning script, but after only a few days on the set, it became obvious he wasn't working out as a director; his style clashed with Eastwood's. Eastwood quietly removed him as director and took over the job himself. As Eastwood's biographer notes, "Kaufman was to a degree the victim of Clint's growing confidence in his own abilities."
Despite this confused beginning, "The Outlaw Josey Wales" turned into a magical piece of Western cinema and a huge hit with audiences. It gets better and better with each viewing: a thrilling adventure when you first see it, its many layers of beautiful subtlety emerge each time you go back to it. Bruce Surtees's photography is astonishing, Jerry Fielding's music exciting and unusual for a Western, and every performance top-notch. Few films are as all-around well done as this American classic.
The DVD offers the film in a glorious widescreen transfer with a new 5.1 sound mix, but there are no extras. Considering the history behind the making of the film, this disc really ought to sport some fascinating commentaries and documentaries, but alas, nothing. Still, I can recommend few films higher than "The Outlaw Josey Wales."
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26 of 27 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A sight for sore eyes...this blu ray has got to be seen, to be believed!, June 9, 2011
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Of all the years and several formats for this movie to be released in...this IS the best it has ever looked and sounded! Over the years (even DVD) the transfers have been soft and lacking detail. Well, this blu-ray brings back what has been missing all these years. This is one stunning transfer! The soundtrack DTS-HD 5.1 really sounds like surround for the first time. In the past, it seemed like three channel...but now all the speakers are employed (and the subwoofer is used).
If you are a fan of this classic and love blu-ray, upgrade today! Throw out that old DVD and do your eyes (and ears) a favor and get this version. I am still shocked how well this film from 1976 looks! It finally shines!!
I can't believe what I have been missing all these years! Great restoration job.
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51 of 58 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars THEY DONE HIM WRONG...., August 9, 2002
This review is from: The Outlaw Josey Wales (DVD)
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 befriend 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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40 of 45 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of Clint's Top Westerns, September 11, 2005
This review is from: The Outlaw Josey Wales (DVD)
While he was still a star and hero on the long-running TV western Wagon Train, Clint Eastwood emerged on the Hollywood scene in western-theme movies, specifically his trio of "spaghetti westerns" with director Sergi Leone, the best being "The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly".

After establishing another remarkable character in Dirty Harry, Clint returns to his western "roots" as the vengeful Josie Wales, in "The Outlaw Josie Wales". This is Clint's 31st film and his fifth as a director. Actually, the film was started with a different director, Philip Kaufman of "The Right Stuff" fame. After numerous and intractable arguments over the interpretation of the film, Clint fired his director a week into shooting and took over directorship himself. We will never know what sort of film Mr. Kaufman would have produced, but Eastwood's final product is a true gem in western filmmaking.

In Eastwood's western trilogy he was known only as "the man with no name", a loner who generously dispensed his form of western justice at the barrel of a gun (or two). There was not much character development. We don't learn what drives the man or what he feels inside. With Josie Wales, Clint plows new ground, as he plumbs the emotions of the vengeful Wales. He builds insights into the character and feelings of Wales, a man with a name AND feelings. This makes the movie more than a mere "shoot 'em up", and adds depth and meaning to the film. Eastwood does much the same and more, with his 1990 blockbuster (and his last western) "Unforgiven", with Oscar results.

Josie Wales can be viewed with interest and pleasure on several different levels. There is of course the "vengeful man" theme that is the movie's backbone. Then there is the multi-cultural theme, where instead of going it alone, one man against many, Wales has a collection of "family" that collects as the movie progresses: an old Indian Chief, a talkative Indian "Squaw", a grandmother and her granddaughter (Sandra Locke, whom Clint would have an affair with that would end his marriage to his wife Maggie), and finally a collection of townies from a dying silver mining town. Finally, there is the "healing" theme, namely, how does a man who suffers the violent loss of his wife, son, and home, deal with his vengeful anger, emotional loss, and begin to heal.

Mere trivia, but interesting: Clint Eastwood never once shoots and kills a Native American Indian in any of his western films. Instead of battling indians as do most of the other western film stars, Eastwood's charcters build alliances with the Natives, learning to live in peaceful co-existance rather than a state of perpetual war.

Clearly, this is Eastwood's best western up to this point in his career. It is definately worth a "look" and my guess is that it will become one of your favorite westerns.

Jim "Konedog" Koenig
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29 of 33 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Outlaw Josey Wales - One of the genres finest!, March 10, 2003
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K. Wyatt "ssintrepid" (Cape Girardeau, MO United States) - See all my reviews
This review is from: The Outlaw Josey Wales (DVD)
As stated above, "The Outlaw Josey Wales" is one of the genres finest films to ever grace the silver screen and the home theater! This Western masterpiece deserved a great DVD with as much on it as was possible to have and that goal was achieved! I wanted the DVD but also more or less had to replace the VHS copy I had due to the fact that this fine film is quite well worth repeated viewings and the good old VHS tape just didn't hold up! Off additional note with this DVD is the widescreen format. Obviously I've watched this classic many times, but with this DVD I was highly impressed seeing it for the first time in this format. It "almost" gives one the impression of seeing it for the first time.
Not only is this film blessed with Clint Eastwood in the lead role, due to differences in opinion with the original director, it is directed by him as well. Clint Eastwood, who is inarguably one of the best in the genre, fills both roles flawlessly! Along for the ride and to counterbalance Clint Eastwood's role as the gruff gunslinger is Chief Dan George. His character brought comedic relief and a more realistic portrayal of a Native American, which wasn't done often in films produced at the time this one was. One thing is for certain when viewing a Clint Eastwood western, you the viewer are always in for a great ride!
The premise:
Clint Eastwood plays Josey Wales, a poor Missouri farmer who is trying to make a living and take care of his family while the Civil War rages on. Unfortunately for his character the war comes to his front door when Kansas irregulars known as the "Red Legs" brutally attack and kill his wife and child as he bears witness. Not long after burying his wife and child he meets up with other southerners who form a guerilla group. They immediately head off to start guerilla type attacks against northern troops. Of course the south loses the war and these groups are ordered to turn themselves in. Josey Wales chooses not to turn himself in and his fear of doing so bears out. What follows from this point is, as stated above, one of the finest westerns to ever grace the silver screen.
Special Features:
Of all of the special features available on this DVD there are a couple that are quite worthy of extra mention. The 1976 Documentary "Eastwood in Action" and the 1999 Documentary "Hell Hath No Fury: The Making of The Outlaw Josey Wales". Both are quite well done and highly informative.
I highly recommend this film to all who are into this genre or those who are looking for something different and quite genuine! Most westerns aren't a western without Clint Eastwood! {ssintrepid}
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great movie- memorable dialog below, April 6, 2005
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Good movie, and in many ways it is a parody of the Western, with the mysterious stranger helping devout pioneers seeking the fruitful valley of their dreams in the west. One line captures this, as a local saloon "lady" says to one settler in an exaggerated accent: "Well ah do declare! Aren't you Mary McCory whose son had a ranch in Hidden Valley up at Blood Butte?" (not an exact transcript but you get the parody of stereotypical Western cliches). And yet Eastwood is able to milk them profitably. When challenged by a bounty hunter who justifies his occupation thus: "A man's got to do something for a living these days," Josey Wales retorts "Dyin' ain't much of a living boy".

Eastwood is also politically incorrect, just as he was in the "Dirty Harry" classics. For example, when Indian Lone Watie (beautifully played by Chief Dan George) begins describing a long litany of familar Indian woes, Josey Wales falls asleep and starts snoring. When the Indian female character Little Monlight chatters on at length, Wales says "Can't you shut her up?" It is doubtful if such moments would make the screen today, but in 1976, Eastwood pulled them off with unapologetic panache. Yet at the same time, the movie shows profound respect for the Native American, demonstrating the prowess of Lone Watie, Little Moonlight, the female Indian as a fighter, and also Ten Bears the Commanche chief.

In one scene, Little Moonlight saves Josey from a bullet by some quick shooting. He pauses amidst the action and the two gaze at each other briefly, conveying a shared respect, one warrior to another. Such moments are worth immeasurably more than a dozen hours of politically correct speechifying and posturing. There is the briefest hint of corny sentimentality expressed in the encounter with with Chief Ten Bears, played strongly by Will Sampson, but overall the film is remarkably clear-eyed and comes off well.

The words of Ten Bears are classic, evoking an era of hard men, plain-speaking, and unsentimental, elemental clarity- a sharp contrast to today's supposedly more sophisticated, but demonstrably corrupt and shallow "nuance". His mention of "double-tongues" can well describe hypocritical academics, talking heads of the mainstream media, assorted activists, pandering politicians, smug religious clerics and ever more arrogant judges and bureaucrats on all sides of the modern era's political divide.

"It's sad that governments are chiefed by the double-tongues. There is iron in your word of death for all Comanche to see. And so there is iron in your words of life. No signed paper can hold the iron, it must come from men. The words of Ten Bears carries the same iron of life and death. It is thus good that warriors such as we meet in the struggle of life... or death.."

The film works on several levels- as action packed Western, as a commentary, sometimes parody and ultimately a homage to the Western, or as a pointed commentary on the corrupt and cynical society that marginalizes straight-shooting men like Josey Wales, Lone Watie and Ten Bears. Indeed it is clear that Wales has more respect for his Indian opponent than the mealy-mouthed white purveyors of that era's government "spin". It remains to be seen whether the post 9/11 era can still produce men with the clear eyed moral clarity needed to take care of the dirty business that must be taken care of. As Ten Bears says: "No signed paper can hold the iron. It must come from men."
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Exceptional 70's western gets deluxe treatment on Blu-ray, August 21, 2011
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In the wake of the many 1970's revisionist westerns Clint Eastwood reinvented his western personna once again with "The Outlaw Josey Wales". "Wales" was a sign post of Eastwood's final western the dark and, well, unforgiving "The Unforgiven" and, although not quite as dark as that film, "Wales" is certainly as dark as his previous film (which also paved the way for "Wales") the spooky "High Plains Drifter".

After Wales family is slaughtered he joins Confederate fighters led by Captain Fletcher (the always marvelous character actor John Vernon). At the conclusion of the war Fletcher convinces his men except for Josie to surrender to the Union all of them unaware that there are plans to execute Fletcher's men as part of an arrangement to save Fletcher's neck. Josie escapes with Jaime (Sam Bottoms) unaware that they are being pursued by Fletcher and the Union soldiers. Josie attracts a ragtag band of fellow travelers along the way.

The transfer: "Wales" has never looked this good on home video which highlights the flaws of mid-70's film stock as well as the look of the film itself. Grain is consistent throughout the presentation and looks quite nice adding to unique look. The colors are bolder than previous home video versions and the skin tones are just right for the look of this gritty film.

The film continues to show the influence of Eastwood's mentor Don Siegel ("Invasion of the Body Snatchers", "Dirty Harry")and Leone ("The Good, The Bad and The Ugly")but also demonstrates Eastwood's growth as a director.

"Wales" was a problematic production; writer-director Philip Kaufman ("The Right Stuff", "The Warriors", "The Unbareable Lightness of Being" and who co-wrote the script for "Wales" from the book by Forrest Carter) was fired during the shoot early on (after repeatedly butting heads with Eastwood over co-star Sandra Locke; it seems both wanted to woo her.) and Eastwood reluctantly took on the reins as director which forced Eastwood to push through the shoot without the usual prepartion he would have done as director. Luckily, Kaufman's excellent script survives largely intact and Eastwood compliments the script; it's hard to imagine what Kaufman might have done differently from Eastwood and while it is sad that he was robbed of the chance to complete the project himself, at least his vision somewhat survives.

THe film sports a nice 5.1 DTS lossless soundtrack that nicely captures the environment depicted in the film.

The special features are surprisingly good for this film. Unlike some companies that have been releasing catalog titles (even those with big stars or that have a following)lately, the extras here aren't just recycled from the previous version of the film.

The 30 minute punningly titled "Eastwood's West" gathers the usual suspects from co-stars to critics discussing a variety of Eastwood's films from the 1970's (although the focus is, not surprisingly, on "Wales"). It's an excellent short documentary.

"Hell Hath No Fury" the excellent featurette on the production of the film IS carried over from the previous DVD special edtion.

Kaufman is, not surprisingly, absent from the proceedings and that's too bad; it would have been fascinating to hear his take on what occurred 34 years later with the perspective of time. The chance in director isn't addressed really.

We also get the original vintage promotional featurette (although it doesn't provide much in the way of insight into the production of the film being PC). We also get the original trailer for the film.

A classic dark, brooding western "The Outlaw Josey Wales" has retained many of the qualities that made it so memorable in 1976 and the raw violence is still somewhat startling.

Warner has done a really good job of restoring the film for Blu-ray. The first edition comes in a limited edition "keepsake" hardcover book that has behind-the-scenes photos from the film.

Highly recommended.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Eastwood's Masterpiece, October 22, 2004
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Erik North (San Gabriel, CA USA) - See all my reviews
Aside from his multi-Oscar-winning 1992 film UNFORGIVEN, THE OUTLAW JOSIE WALES, released in the summer of 1976, may very well be the pinnacle of Clint Eastwood's career both in front of and behind the camera. This is an epic western where Eastwood leaves behind the Man With No Name persona he had cultivated in the spaghetti westerns of director Sergio Leone in the 1960s. For here, he is a man with a name...and a conscience to go along with it.

Eastwood's Josie Wales is a Missouri farmer making out a quiet life for himself amidst the turbulent end of the Civil War who must watch in horror as marauding Union men tear up his land and kill his family. Joining up with a group of Confederate rebels to "set things right", Eastwood soon finds himself on the run from a Union detachment, led by his former commander (John Vernon) and a ruthless soldier (Bill McKinney, who portrayed one of the evil mountain men in DELIVERANCE). In his travails through the Southwest, he makes friends with a wise old Comanche (Chief Dan George) and makes an effort to find peace. But when the Union men close in on him, then he is forced to resort to violence.

A fairly long film, at 135 minutes, and riddled with scenes of occasional violent gunplay and sex scenes, THE OUTLAW JOSIE WALES nevertheless shows a more human side to Eastwood's persona than the more modern-day Dirty Harry films. This is in large part due to the complexity of the character as laid out in the screenplay by Phil Kaufman (who was the original director, but was replaced by Eastwood after the two men clashed) and Sonia Chernus, from Forrest Carter's book "Gone To Texas." It also gives Eastwood a chance to stretch himself as an actor with some memorable one-liners, particularly in a scene involving a bounty hunter (John Davis Chandler):

BOUNTY HUNTER: "You're wanted, Wales."
WALES: "Reckon I'm right popular. You a bounty hunter?"
BOUNTY HUNTER: "A man's gotta do somethin' for a livin' these days."
WALES: "Dyin' ain't much of a livin', boy."

As is commonplace with Eastwood as a director, he gives some of his favorite fellow actors prime supporting roles for their talents, George in particular, but also Vernon, whose role as a sympathetic heavy is as rich in complexities as Eastwood's Josie Wales. John Quade, John Mitchum, Royal Dano, Sondra Locke (soon to be Eastwood's beau), Matt Clark, and Paula Trueman are among the other actors that give good support to Eastwood.

Filmed in various parts of California, Utah, Arizona, and Nevada and complete with a superb score by Jerry Fielding, who was nominated for an Oscar here (as he had been on THE WILD BUNCH and STRAW DOGS), THE OUTLAW JOSIE WALES proved not only the magnitude of Eastwood's talents, but also the durability of the western genre in the morally complex world of post-Vietnam America. It is strongly recommended.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This is the one to get!, October 12, 2003
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Mark Lahren (Bismarck, North Dakota USA) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: The Outlaw Josey Wales (DVD)
First off, since Amazon appears to have grouped the reviews for two different DVD editions of this movie together, the one I am reviewing here has the brown cover with a picture of a very angry Eastwood wielding two pistols. It also has "CLINT EASTWOOD COLLECTION" printed across the top.
Others here have reviewed this top-notch movie better than I could, so I'll just give my impressions of the quality of this release.

I don't know how many different DVD versions of this movie were ever released, but as far as I'm concerned, this is the best one, with remastered audio and video. The sound quality is simply superb--I have many DVD movies, and this one is by far the best, both in terms of audio and video quality. Considering it comes in the flimsier fold-out cardboard flap over plastic case, I was surprised at how good the quality of the actual disk is. The picture quality is simply stunning; I don't know how else to adequately describe it. It's the widescreen "letterbox" format, which gives you the entire theater screen including the left and right sides that fullscreen releases chop off in order to fill up the whole screen. Letterbox is the only way to go if you want to see the entire wide picture you get at the theater. Most of you already know this; I only mention it because I know there are still some who do not. This release is dual-layer format and is enhanced for widescreen TVs. The movie itself runs 2 hours and 15 minutes. Special features: Soundtrack remastered in Dolby Digital 5.1. 1976 Documentary "Eastwood In Action" (approx. 8 minutes). 1999 Documentary "Hell Hath No Fury: The Making Of The Outlaw Josey Wales" (approx. 30 minutes and a fascinating look behind the scenes including documentary footage from the making of the movie showing Eastwood in the act of directing). A very brief introduction to the movie itself by Clint Eastwood (approx. 1 minute). Subtitles in English, French, and Spanish. Languages in English and French. Production notes. Theatrical trailer. Scene Access.

Again, I cannot stress how good this edition looks and sounds. Even the darkest scenes are vivid and clear. Image throughout the film is extremely crisp. A very slight pause midway as the player switches layers, but that's normal with the Dual-Layer format, and it was hardly noticeable. The audio is amazing, with gunshots and explosions reverberating through my floorboards. Turned up through a simple decent stereo system, you will *feel* this movie. Whoever did the audio/video remastering did a fantastic job. The best I've ever seen. This would be worth it at twice the price. The only giveaway to the low price is the cardboard-flap-type case. You simply can't go wrong here.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars On the Contrary, Great Eastwood, May 15, 2006
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Wilson Pupps (Blacksburg, VA United States) - See all my reviews
This review is from: The Outlaw Josey Wales (DVD)
There is something about Clint Eastwood that allows him the luxury of delivering a cheesey macho line without looking like an ass. In a movie full of such lines, Eastwood really shines in this epic western. I have always wondered why the critics never gave this western its due, while normal every day joes continue to give it the thumbs up. I believe the answer lies in the sympathic portrayal of the Confederate outlaw who is Josey Wales. How dare anyone cast anything wearing a Confederate uniform in anything less than an evil light? Moreover, How dare anyone portray Union Soldiers as a bunch of marauding murderers who looted and pillaged their way through a defeated South? These are the type of thoughts likely dancing through the heads of liberal wine drinking cheese eating newspaper types while sitting down to disparage what is Eastwood's best movie.

If this is really what troubles the crtics, then the everyday joes are left ot wonder why. After all, this is one of the first westerns to positively portray the Native American. Gone are the the usual "Indian" stereotypes of broken English, firewater references, and raids on helpless pioneers. In their place, stand references to the Trail of Tears and good hearted attempts to conform with the "white man's world". Furthermore, Josey Wales was never a slave owner but a man seeking vengeance on a rogue group of Union cavalrymen who murdered his family. Taken in its proper context, the war supplies merely a backdrop that allows Josey Wales to develop as a character.

Amidst all the seriousness of vengeance and social commentary regarding the treatment of Native Americans lies several instances of black comedy which keeps the movie from becoming too bitter and preachy. Sure Josey Wales blows away several men with his pistols, but he always makes us laugh by splattering their dead foreheads with tobacco juice, or uttering another of those macho cheesey lines. His elderly side kick supplies a few laughs along the way by bedding a young woman and shoving horny toads in the sleeping face of Josey Wales.

As many times as the Outlaw Josey Wales has been replayed on cable, I guess is the same amount of times I have seen a negative review placed next to its title in the newspaper television guide. With such unfavorable reviews, it's a continued wonder that people continue to discover this film. I guess that in itself is a testament to how good a film this really is.
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