The Outlaw Josey Wales
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NEW! Commentary by Richard Schickel
Introduction from Clint Eastwood
Hell Hath No Fury: The Making of The Outlaw Josey Wales
Eastwood in Action Vintage Featurette
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An Army of One
The Outlaw Josey Wales tells the story of a Missouri farmer living a peaceful life — until his family is brutally murdered during the Civil War. To get revenge for the death of his wife and son, Wales becomes a Confederate soldier and joins a band of unscrupulous guerilla raiders. When the war ends, Wales refuses to surrender and heads out west to escape the law. When he meets up with a group of settlers in need of his protection, he sees a chance to lead a good and useful life once again. But Josey Wales has a price on his head and everyone is out to get it.
This was the first of six films made by real-life couple Clint Eastwood and Sondra Locke and marked the beginning of their long-term relationship.
Of all the movies Eastwood has made, he claims The Outlaw Josey Wales is his favorite.
In 1996, the Library of Congress identified the film as “culturally, historically or aesthetically significant,” and it was selected for preservation in the National Film Registry.
The film was included in Time Magazine’s list of top 10 movies of 1976.
The movie received much praise from Native Americans for its non-stereotypical portrayal of their people.
An Action-Packed Western Movie
- Starring and directed by four-time Academy award winner Clint Eastwood
- Based on the book “Gone to Texas,” written by Forrest Carter
- A must-own for fans of classic Spaghetti Westerns
- Bonus material includes production notes, commentaries and more
- Available on DVD and Blu-ray
Meet the Cast
Josey Wales (Clint Eastwood)
Wales is a peaceable Missouri farmer-turned-outlaw, driven to revenge when his family is brutally murdered by a band of pro-Union Jayhawkers.
Laura Lee (Sondra Locke)
Laura Lee is a young woman who has been captured by a band of Comancheros. Wales comes to her rescue and helps her escape.
Lone Watie (Chief Dan George)
An old Cherokee chief, Lone Watie becomes part of the ragtag group of people under Josey Wales’ care. Lone Watie believes in fighting for what is right.
Captain Terrill (Bill McKinney)
The leader of the ruthless Redlegs who killed Wales’ family, Terrill is determined to track down the outlaw and claim the bounty placed on him.
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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.Read more ›
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.
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.
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.Read more ›
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