I don’t like westerns that much. There are exceptions of course—Eastwood’s the Man With No Name series, the Wild Bunch and a couple of others but that is really about it. Then there is the Outlaw Josey Wales, a western that is near the top of that genre’s food chain in my book. Eastwood directed part of the film (the initial director Phillip Kaufman was fired) and starred as the Outlaw Josey Wales (as well as his son playing a small role) along with soon to be longtime lover Sandra Locke (a big mistake there)—but more on that later.
The Outlaw Josey Wales was an adaptation of Forrest Carter’s 1973 novel The Rebel Outlaw: Josey Wales (republished, as shown in the movie’s opening credits, as Gone to Texas).
The story is about Josey Wales, a Missouri farmer, who is driven to revenge for the murder of his wife and son…
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