Review: ‘The Outlaw Josey Wales’

The screenplay [based on the book Gone to Texas by Forrest Carter] is another one of those violence revues, with carnage production numbers slotted every so often and intercut with Greek chorus narratives by John Vernon and Chief Dan George.

The screenplay [based on the book Gone to Texas by Forrest Carter] is another one of those violence revues, with carnage production numbers slotted every so often and intercut with Greek chorus narratives by John Vernon and Chief Dan George.

Clint Eastwood is a Civil War era farmer whose family is murdered by brigands led by Bill McKinney; Vernon is a fellow counter-guerrilla who is tricked into surrendering his men; George is an old Indian whom Eastwood encounters on the long trail of earthly retribution.

Eastwood’s character meanders through the Middle West, disposing of antagonists by the dozen aided at times by George, Sam Bottoms, romantic interest Sondra Locke, latter’s granny Paula Trueman and others.

1976: Nomination: Best Original Score

The Outlaw Josey Wales

Production

Warner. Director Clint Eastwood; Producer Robert Daley; Screenplay Phil Kaufman, Sonia Chernus; Camera Bruce Surtees; Editor Ferris Webster; Music Jerry Fielding; Art Director Tambi Larsen

Crew

(Color) Widescreen. Available on VHS, DVD. Extract of a review from 1976. Running time: 135 MIN.

With

Clint Eastwood Chief Dan George Sondra Locke Bill McKinney John Vernon Paula Trueman

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