The Outlaw Josey Wales | Chicago Reader

The Outlaw Josey Wales

Clint Eastwood's fifth film as a director (1976) shows an almost equal balance between his two main influences, Sergio Leone and Don Siegel. As the title character, a Confederate guerrilla out to avenge the murder of his family by Union redlegs, Eastwood combines the cold pragmatism of a Leone hero with the strident Old Testament morality of a Siegel protagonist. Although the last part of the film becomes repetitive and slightly confused, Eastwood manages the picaresque plot with skill, and his visuals have a high-charged, almost Germanic quality. Wales also possesses a touching emotional vulnerability that marks another significant step away from Eastwood's often-overcriticized "macho" image. All in all, a very creditable film.



  • Clint Eastwood


  • Clint Eastwood
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  • Sondra Locke
  • Bill McKinney
  • John Vernon
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