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The Outlaw Josey Wales (1976), Clint Eastwood's 31st film as an actor, 20th as international star, and 5th as director, was the first to win him widespread respect. Critics had grumbled when the producer-star replaced Philip Kaufman (The Right Stuff) in the director's chair a week into shooting. They ended up cheering when Eastwood delivered both his most sympathetic performance to date and--with the heroic collaboration of cinematographer Bruce Surtees--an impressive Panavision epic that stresses the scruffiness, rather than the scenic splendours, of frontier life.
Though it's been honoured with a place in the National Film Registry, Josey Wales is good, not great, Eastwood. The big-gun fetishism can get tiresome, and too many characters exist only to serve as six-gun (and at one point Gatling gun) fodder. But mostly the film is agreeably eccentric, and almost furtively sweet in spirit--a key transitional title in the Eastwood filmography, and one of his most entertaining. --Richard T Jameson
Post civil war western about brutal, gritty revenge, surprising friendships and redemption.Published 6 months ago by Mike Moses
I thoroughly enjoyed this movie and would recommend it to anyone. I hadn't watched many westerns , but now I am starting to and am enjoying them.Published 11 months ago by JKMFOREVER
Clint Eastwood knows how to make a movie and act in a movie. I love all of his stuff and think he is great.Published 11 months ago by cheryl
I really like Clint Eastwood and have enjoyed all of his movies up to date that I have seen. This one was not as enjoyable as most and will probably not watch it again. Read morePublished 13 months ago by Zola Leishman
One of Eastwood's best. Great story, action and supporting cast too, especially Chief Dan George.
Gritty with tender moments and even laughs thrown in.
Nobody makes westerns better than Clint Eastwood. The "Outlaw Josey Wales" is one of Eastwood's classic's and is a movie I can watch over and over again.Published on Feb. 19 2013 by Dartchie