The Outlaw Josey Wales

The Outlaw Josey Wales

DVD - 2001
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After avenging his family's brutal murder by Union Forces in the Civil War, Missouri farmer Josey Wales is on the lam, pursued by a pack of killers. He travels westward alone, but a ragtag group of outcasts is drawn to him, and Wales can't leave his motley surrogate family unprotected.
Edition: Widescreen version.
ISBN: 9780790762777
0790762773
9781419872501
1419872508
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (135 mins.) :,sound, colour ;,12 cm.

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Shuken_1989
Apr 17, 2019

This movie, in my humble opinion, represents the height of what a Western can be. Excellent landscapes, a scintillating story looking at the post Civil War South and Texas in particular, it goes beyond to examine the different interactions between the various factions that inhabited the frontier. I think there are nods to novel's author, Forrest Carter, and his "Education of Little Tree," especially in the interactions with the Native Americans at the end of the film. This particular copy of the film does, however, have a few scratches that made the first few minutes a jumbled and staticky mess.

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loella
Apr 03, 2019

At last, a first-class movie by Clint Eastwood. Granted, he had shown his technical prowess in his first feature, the deadly dull thriller Play Misty for Me, and perhaps he honed them in the action thrillers he made between Misty and Josey Wales, but action thrillers are about my least favorite kind of movies, so I'll have to gird my loins to find out. Anyway, with Josey Wales he has a first-class property, the tougher-than-the-toughest, auto-idiomatic post-Civil War western, Gone to Texas (its second and better title) by KKK-leader-turned-novelist Forrest Carter. Screenwriters Phil Kaufman and Sonia Chernus adapt the novel to give Eastwood the elbow room for a positively John Fordian epic that faces down an especially horrifying era in our national existence and, despite feinting at criticism of government and the military, places the inherent evil in mean front and center. Eastwood and editor Ferris Webster cut with near-Eisensteinian speed but never chaotically, and DP Bruce Surtees shoots the seemingly light-devouring interior scenes--in which the characters aid and abet each other's wickedness so scabrously that one almost wishes he couldn't see what he does see--with aplomb; note that Josey's entry often if not always comes as a flash of light, confined but obvious. The extra characters Kaufman and Chernus introduce, ruthless Redleg Captain Terrill and the conforming ex-Confederate, Fletcher, glue the various episodes together and provide some relief and escape to possible normalcy at the end, something that would have been essential to Ford but that Carter implies but doesn't push or endorse in the novel (to which there's a fine sequel, The Vengeance Trail of Josey Wales). The only upfront contributor to the movie, composer Jerry Fielding, is, alas, the only one who rather lets the side down; his score sound too tinny and too much like 1970s TV music. Can't have everything. --Ray Olson

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RoyalJellyIII
Oct 01, 2015

Excellent Western- AS good as the best Spaghetti Westerns.

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panties
Oct 01, 2015

excellent movie great western

kevfarley Mar 07, 2014

Sooo much better than the 'spagetti Westerns' ! Even better this second time around. Well worth the re-visit.

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johnnybookreader
Jun 16, 2013

I hadn't seen this one since it's original theatrical release, making it a virtually "new" movie, lucky me! It was a ripping ride back to the wild West with Clint Eastwood hell-bent on revenge! Also directing, Clint (I call him "Clint"!) drew fine performances out of a crack cast, notably a fine comedic turn out of Chief Dan George. Recommended to anyone who likes Westerns, Clint Eastwood, or adventure; after all, they're synonymous!

aaa5756 Feb 08, 2013

Very well done and interesting DVD movie. A pleasure to watch. I would recommend this movie for all to see. No fast forwarding no falling asleep on this one. A++ DVD

mrsgail5756 Feb 08, 2013

One of the best films I have seen in this year. It was entertaining and interesting. Great performances a must see for all. Truly a really great movie worth the long library wait or the price to rent from a Red Box. Well worth the price of admission to any theater.

howardpoole Feb 01, 2013

Still a worthy picture. Time only makes it better.

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mrsgail5756 Feb 09, 2013

Hey Josie it's too bad we don't have time to bury these fellows the Buzzards' have to eat also so do the warms. the outlaw Josey Wales

mrsgail5756 Feb 01, 2013

“I don’t know who smells worse. Him or the pig sh#t that’s in this bottle.”
The High Plaines Drifter

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mrsgail5756 Feb 01, 2013

This is the way I want to remember Clint. Not some old man babbling to a chair with nobody sitting in it.

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