The Outlaw Josey Wales
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Clint Eastwood's fifth film as a director and eighth Western as a star (ninth if you count Paint Your Wagon), The Outlaw Josey Wales chronicles the hero's violent journey westward after the Civil War. With fresh memoris of his family's slaughter by Red Leg soldier Terrill (Bill McKinney), Confederate Josey Wales (Eastwood) refuses to join his captain Fletcher (John Vernon) and the rest of his comrades in surrender to a U.S. Army regiment. Deemed a dangerous outlaw after a bloody one-man battle with that regiment, Josey is pursued by U.S. cavalry soldiers led by the unwilling… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 94%

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"All in all, a very creditable film."
‑ Dave Kehr, Chicago Reader
"Demonstrated Eastwood's ability to recreate his first starring role, as the mythic Man with No Name of the Italian Westerns, and to subtly undercut it through comedy and mockery."
‑ , Time Out
"It's true enough that The Outlaw Josey Wales makes no attempt to hide its true nature, but that isn't to say it doesn't reward a closer look."
‑ Michael Nordine, Not Coming to a Theater Near You
"It's a powerful, revisionist, revenge Western with many unique touches."
‑ Jeffrey M. Anderson, Combustible Celluloid
"Fun western character study"
‑ John A. Nesbit, Old School Reviews
"The screenplay is another one of those violence revues, with carnage production numbers slotted every so often."
‑ Variety Staff, Variety
"Eastwood is such a taciturn and action-oriented performer that it's easy to overlook the fact that he directs many of his movies -- and many of the best, most intelligent ones."
‑ Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times
"An important movie in the maturation of Clint Eastwood as both actor and director."
‑ Matt Brunson, Creative Loafing
"An underrated early directorial effort by Clint Eastwood."
‑ , TV Guide's Movie Guide
"Eastwood whups 'em again"
‑ Pete Vonder Haar, Film Threat
"[Eastwood] gets to the heart of the matter briskly, orchestrates his confrontations intelligently and gets off without lingering unduly over the resultant ugliness."
‑ Richard Schickel, TIME Magazine
"A soggy attempt at a post-Civil War western epic."
‑ Richard Eder, New York Times
"Though the story is pat...there's pleasure to be had in the memorable one-liners, the irreverent humor...and the Western action against the backdrop of frontier scenery. [Blu-ray]"
‑ Peter Canavese, Groucho Reviews
"An epic journey to redemption, set against a riveting portrait of a battered country."
‑ , Film4
"One of Eastwood's earliest 5-star Western classics."
‑ Scott Weinberg,
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