Outlaw Josey Wales

The Outlaw Josey Wales

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Director: Clint Eastwood, Chief Dan George, Sondra Locke, Bill McKinney

Cast: Clint Eastwood, Chief Dan George, Sondra Locke, Bill McKinney


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The Outlaw Josey Wales originally appeared on DVD in 1999, in a stripped-down edition from a film-to-video transfer dating from the mid-'90s, without any special features to speak of. In 2001, a new edition appeared without much fanfare as part of Warner Home Video's "Clint Eastwood Collection." The newer release is definitive, built on a sharper, brighter, and


The Outlaw Josey Wales originally appeared on DVD in 1999, in a stripped-down edition from a film-to-video transfer dating from the mid-'90s, without any special features to speak of. In 2001, a new edition appeared without much fanfare as part of Warner Home Video's "Clint Eastwood Collection." The newer release is definitive, built on a sharper, brighter, and more detailed transfer (in the movie's widescreen 2.35-to-1 aspect ratio) of the movie, with much truer color; the older disc had a widescreen transfer with some problems in color tone and fuzziness in the finer details, which are all solved here. The advantages will be immediately apparent to anyone with a monitor bigger than 20 inches, and the bigger the better. Additionally, the disc includes a wealth of information and support materials that will please fans of Eastwood and this picture. The most basic component is the onscreen printed text explaining how the original story -- of which 75 copies had been printed, through a small publisher -- made its way unsolicited to Eastwood, and ultimately into production; and some aspects of the casting are covered, though one wishes that there had been more attention paid to the non-Native American players, fascinating though the latter are onscreen. The visual supplements, in addition to a new introductory monologue by Eastwood talking about the movie, also include the seven-minute featurette "Eastwood in Action," a 1976 promotional film; and "Hell Hath No Fury: The Making of The Outlaw Josey Wales, a much more ambitious 30-minute documentary from 1999, telling of the movie's history and production. It's a little too self-congratulatory in tone at times, but it also answers a lot of questions (as well as repeating some material) from the text panels, and it's great to see the surviving cast members talk appreciatively of their work and that of departed performers such as Chief Dan George; and Eastwood has some fun at the end of the short. The DVD goes to the simple, straightforward menu automatically on start-up, and the menus go to two easy-to-access layers of selection, including the language choices (English, French) and subtitles, and the special features. The 135-minute movie has been broken into 35 well-positioned chapters. The under-twenty-dollars price is also very attractive, especially given the extras that have been added.

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Clint Eastwood began directing his own pictures just as such new Hollywood filmmakers as Sam Peckinpah and Arthur Penn were replacing the honorable stoicism of old John Wayne films with a more brutal amorality. Eastwood-directed Westerns tend to mix qualities from both traditional and modern forms of the genre: the title character in The Outlaw Josey Wales, for example, is somewhere between hero and anti-hero. He's similar to the "Man with No Name" character from the Fistful of Dollars trilogy, but he's an altogether nicer cowpoke. Josey Wales is an altogether nicer movie as well. Though our hero isn't guaranteed a happy ending, there is a reassuring sense of right and wrong. It's a much different feel from the era's prevailing Westerns. Eastwood didn't direct another Western until 1985's Pale Rider.

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Warner Home Video
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[Wide Screen]
[Dolby Digital, monaural]

Special Features

All-new digital transfer; Soundtrack remastered in dolby digital 5.1; 1976 documentary "Eastwood in Action"; 1999 documentary "Hell Hath No Fury: the Making of The Outlaw Josey Wales"; Introduction by Clint Eastwood; Interactive menus; Production notes; Theatrical trailer; Scene access; Languages: English & Français; Subtitles: English, Français & Español

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Clint Eastwood Josey Wales
Chief Dan George Lone Watie
Sondra Locke Laura Lee
Bill McKinney Terrill
John Vernon Fletcher
Paula Trueman Grandma Sarah
Samuel Bottoms Jamie
Geraldine Keams Little Moonlight
Woodrow Parfrey Carpetbagger
Joyce Jameson Rose
Sheb Wooley Cobb
Royal Dano Ten Spot
John Verros Chato
Will Sampson Ten Bears
John Quade Comanchero Leader
Matt Clark Kelly
Cissy Wellman Josey's Wife
Buck Kartalian Shopkeeper
Len Lesser Abe
Doug McGrath Lige
John Russell Bloody Bill Anderson
Charles Tyner Zukie Limmer
Bruce M. Fischer Yoke
John Mitchum Al
Clay Tanner First Texas Ranger
Bob Hoy Second Texas Ranger
Erik Holland Union Army Sergeant
Danny Green Lemuel
L. William O'Connell Sim Carstairs
John Chandler First Bounty Hunter

Technical Credits
Clint Eastwood Director
Sonia Chernus Screenwriter
Robert Daley Producer
Jim Fargo Asst. Director
Jerry Fielding Score Composer
Bert Hallberg Sound/Sound Designer
Philip Kaufman Screenwriter
Tambi Larsen Production Designer
Fritz Manes Producer
Charles R. Pierce Set Decoration/Design
Tex Rudloff Sound/Sound Designer
Walter Scott Stunts
Bruce Surtees Cinematographer
Ferris Webster Editor
John G. Wilson Associate Producer

Scene Index

Side #1 --
0. Scene Selections
1. Ashes. [5:06]
2. Setting Things Right (Credits). [4:06]
3. Last of the Holdouts. [5:09]
4. Enough of Your Money. [3:33]
5. Broken Pledge. [2:02]
6. Josey and the Gatling Gun. [3:31]
7. Ground Cover. [2:43]
8. The Word on Josey. [3:25]
9. Missouri Boat Ride. [5:36]
10. "Buzzards Gotta Eat." [5:37]
11. Requiescat for Jamie. [3:09]
12. Lone Watie. [4:51]
13. No Horned Toad for Him. [2:48]
14. Fresh Horses. [6:09]
15. Only an Indian. [3:41]
16. Trouble in Texas. [7:36]
17. "I Want to See Wales Dead." [3:04]
18. Riders in the Sand. [1:49]
19. Ain't that Old. [:03]
20. Comancheros. [1:41]
21. Hell Comes to Breakfast. [5:43]
22. Granny's Druthers. [4:55]
23. Lost Lady Saloon. [2:34]
24. Ain't Much of a Livin'. [4:31]
25. A Place to Call Home. [2:18]
26. Visions and a Warning. [4:16]
27. Readying for Ten Bears. [3:23]
28. Words of Life and Death. [2:48]
29. A Song for Josey. [5:23]
30. Show Me. [3:36]
31. Shootout With the Bluecoats. [5:20]
32. Terrill Cornered. [4:51]
33. Respects to Mr. Wilson. [3:23]
34. The War Is Over. [2:14]
35. End Credits. [2:52]


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The Outlaw Josey Wales 4.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 11 reviews.
JasperNicky More than 1 year ago
I love this movie for the character portrayals and the rich story elements. I read where John Wayne didn't like Clint Eastwood's anti-hero premises. John Wayne wanted the hero to be "The Hero" and never do anything that could be construed to be wrong. But right and wrong can blur in war and survival situations. I like the reality that Clint's characters portray.
BudRY More than 1 year ago
Clint's westerns are truly classic and entertaining media. Love the supporting actors as well.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I love this movie. It is perfect! Casting, setting, direction, editing and the most amazing story all add up to the very best American movie of all times.
Guest More than 1 year ago
A true film classic. The Oulaw Josey Wales is Clint Eastwood at his most dangerous as a revenge filled Missouri raider traveling to Texas with an ensemble group of people. The film boast some of the best sequences found in cinema. Josey's confrontation with the Union troopers is a classic. It was where Clint spoke one of the most famous line's in movie history, 'you gonna pull those pistols or whistle dixie'. Other famous scenes include the Josey's killing of a bounty hunter, which include's another famous one-liner 'dying aint much of a living boy' and the dialouge between Josey and the Comanche chief Ten Bears that bristle's with honest realism. Eastwood is truly the best cowboy in american cinema. His cowboys had a since of honest realism and uncompromising danger about them. They were men who knew how to survive at all cost. For me this is Eastwoods best 'western' performance hands down. Will Sampson fills his brief screen appearance as Ten Bears with a feeling of true emotion. A great performance. The defining supporting performance goes to Chief Dan George as Josey's Cherokee sidekick. Chief Dan George characterization is truly a work of art. Eastwoods direction is excellent and he moves the film along at a perfect pace. Clint's best.
Western-Addict More than 1 year ago
Very well done, interesting story. The supporting cast is great, Eastwood does a superb job. Not a Spaghetti Western, but classic Clint Eastwood.
Guest More than 1 year ago
clint eastwood makes a movie come alive. I enjoy all of his westerns.
jakemacd More than 1 year ago
The Outlaw Josie Wales was an effcient killing machine, easy to track. Just follow the trail of dead bodies. But he was so compassionate despite his vengeful anger. Along his bloody journey, he pulled so many folks out of desperate, dismal, hopeless places and even fed the buzzards along the way. Probably my favorite Eastwood. My recommendation below is not exactly in the same vein as Josie Wales but I highly recommend it just the same.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Some 16 years before the Oscar laden and equally brilliant 'Unforgiven', this movie is seen by many as one of Clint Eastwoods finest movies, particularly in the Western genre. Playing the title role himself, we meet Josey Wales, a quiet farmer, abruptly thrown into the civil war after his land and family are attacked by Union soldiers, who joins up with the confederate fight in an almost guerilla / mercenary way. The civil War aspect of the story is little more than an opening skirmish however, as it is the subsequent fugitive aspect of the character that moves us through most of the picture. I have to disagree with those that think this is just a revenge movie, or that a single viewing is all one can manage, as the story unfolds in a multi faceted way with each succesive viewing, despite the viewer knowing the ending. Wales comes to be the guiding scout and protector to an unlikely and very mixed bag of characters (all played with sound realism)as he is continually and almost reluctantly hounded by his former ally Fletcher. Charged with hunting him down, Fletcher (played with a salty almost poetic grace by John Vernon) must accompany a band of 'red leg' Union soldiers, with more than questionable morality, to the border and this long pursuit helps the picture move at an even pace. Add some interesting subplots, commancheros, some imaginative and lively characters (with many of Eastwoods regular screen stars in various roles)and the overall effect is just right, without trying to be moralistic. Often brutal in it's depiction of the 'wild' west, and at times graphically violent keeps the deserved R rating, but some moments of comedy and pathos bring an unmistakable Eastwood handprint of direction, without overtaking the excellent story or script. Already widely received as a classic piece of filmaking, it has stood the test of time extremely well, and has become one of the movies that have benchmarked the genre since it's release almost thirty years ago. Extremely enjoyable movie.
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