The Outlaw Josey Wales Poster

Release Date: September 7th, 2003

DVD Release Date: March 30th, 1999

PG|2 hr 15 min

Plot Summary
Josey Wales (Clint Eastwood) watches helplessly as his wife and child are murdered, by Union men led by Capt. Terrill (Bill McKinney). Seeking revenge, Wales joins the Confederate Army. He refuses to surrender when the war ends, but his fellow soldiers go to hand over their weapons -- and are massacred by Terrill. Wales guns down some of Terrill's men and flees to Texas, where he tries to make a new life for himself, but the bounty on his head endangers him and his new surrogate family.

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

Director: Clint Eastwood

Genres: Western

Production Co: Malpaso Company

Distributors: Warner Bros. Pictures

Keywords: Brooding, Pursuit, Gritty, Revenge, Transformation

Ratings & Reviews

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

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

  • 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. show more

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