The Outlaw Josey Wales

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


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

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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

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

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

Metacritic review by Ian Nathan
Ian Nathan