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Synopsis

A Missouri farmer joins a Confederate guerrilla unit and winds up on the run from the Union soldiers who murdered his family.

Cast

  • Clint Eastwood
  • Chief Dan George
  • Sondra Locke
  • Bill McKinney
  • John Vernon
  • Paula Trueman
  • Sam Bottoms
  • Geraldine Keams
  • Woodrow Parfrey
  • Joyce Jameson

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Trivia

  • Because of Chief Dan George's age, he would have trouble remembering his lines, so during takes, Clint Eastwood would begin to mouth his lines without realizing it and had to be told to stop because it would ruin the take. In a featurette on the DVD about making this movie, Eastwood says he'd have people drill Dan George on his lines, but when it came time to shoot the scene, he'd say "Chief, just forget about the lines, tell me the story about the man who rode over the hill." And Dan George, who was apparently a natural storyteller, would then tell the story perfectly.
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Goofs

  • The fiddle that provided the music for dancing at the ranch was fitted with a chin-piece, which was not used until the twentieth century.
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Quotes

    • Lone Watie: Get ready, little lady. Hell is coming to breakfast.
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Metacritic

75

Clint Eastwood's The Outlaw Josey Wales is a strange and daring Western that brings together two of the genre's usually incompatible story lines. On the one hand, it's about a loner, a man of action and few words, who turns his back on civilization and lights out for the Indian nations. On the other hand, it's about a group of people heading West who meet along the trail and cast their destinies together. What happens next is supposed to be against the rules in Westerns, as if Jeremiah Johnson were crossed with Stagecoach: Eastwood, the loner, becomes the group's leader and father figure.

Metacritic review by Roger Ebert
Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
75

The remnants of war are fractious and far-flung in Clint Eastwood's impressive revisionist western.

Metacritic review by Chris Cabin
Chris Cabin
Slant Magazine
80

A truly great Western from Clint that is bleakly atmospheric and charming in turns.

Metacritic review by Ian Nathan
Ian Nathan
Empire