Outstanding film that in 80 minutes summarises the tragedy of the Civil War and the Indian wars in a stylish and consummate way. The uncompromising but ultimately peace-loving character of Eastwood's character is consistent with his undeniably moral value system that permeates all his films. Brilliant.
Excellent film although now a bit dated having been made in the '70s. Good cast with old stone face (Eastwood) in one of his earlier films as good as ever.
I am a big Eastwood fan, and this one did not disappoint. Even my missus liked it, and that's saying something. Eastwood plays the "bad guy with a heart" part so well in many movies, and this is one of his best
Screen icon Clint Eastwood directed and starred in this sprawling, passionate and violent western concerning border skirmishes occuring during the bloody US Civil War. Based upon the novel "Gone To Texas", by Forrest Carter ( the pen name of notorious segregationist Asa Earl Carter ), Eastwood is a quiet Missouri farmer who loses both his family and his home in a bloodthirsty raid by "Kansas Redlegs". The shattered, yet vengeful Josey Wales joins up with passing members of "Quantrill's Raiders" led by Bloody Bill Anderson and becomes an expert raider and feared gunman. As the Civil War draws to a close, Wales refuses to surrender and decides to flee to the supposed sanctuary of Mexico with other Confederate troops, however Wales is hotly pursued by Union troops keen for the rich bounty on Wales' head.
Wales' often violent journey south becomes an odyssey of self discovery as he meets up with a motley group of characters, including a wise old Indian chief, "Lone Watie" - a film stealing performance by Canadian actor Chief Dan George - and saving a beautiful young woman (Sondra Locke) and her mother at the mercy of Comanchero gunmen. Arguably, this is one of Eastwood's best films from both sides of the camera. Clint's production shows his directorial skills were only continuing to improve with each new film he directed, and his portrayal of the hardened guerilla fighter, Josey Wales has an instant hit with movie audiences worldwide. Lending strong support to Eastwood is Bill McKinney as the brutal Redlegs leader , John Vernon as ex-friend "Fletcher" forced to hunt him down and quirky Woodrow Parfrey, as an oily "carpetbagger" of the old West. Fans of the changing Western genre of the late 1960's / mid 1970's should also check out "Will Penny", "Pocket Money", "Major Dundee" and "The Missouri Breaks"
One of Clint's best ever movies without a doubt. And, one of the best (if not THE best) Westerns ever shot.
For an old movie I was pleasantly surprised at the quality of this dvd release. I comes complete with extras including interviews with Clint Eastwood and the actors.
The movie itself is a western classic and if like westerns then this is a must.
A truly great Western and maybe Clint Eastwood's finest.
Excellent story well told.