… AN ARMY OF ONE.
After the murder of his family, Missouri farmer Josey Wales (Clint Eastwood) joins a Confederate militia; when the Civil War ends, he refuses to surrender… A Western that became a hit with audiences and critics. It’s largely the kind of revenge story we’ve seen many times before, with Josey chased by both Union troops and bounty hunters. He’s also traveling together with an odd group of people, including a new woman in his life. A simple story, with some warmth but also bloodletting, since Josey knows how to handle a gun. A good-looking but long movie; Eastwood is the right man for the lead.
1976-U.S. 135 min. Color. Widescreen. Directed by Clint Eastwood. Screenplay: Philip Kaufman, Sonia Chernus. Novel: Forrest Carter (”Gone to Texas”). Music: Jerry Fielding. Cast: Clint Eastwood (Josey Wales), Chief Dan George (Lone Watie), Sondra Locke (Laura Lee), Bill McKinney, John Vernon, Paula Trueman.
Trivia: Original director Kaufman left the production after a dispute and Eastwood finished the film. Followed by The Return of Josey Wales (1986).