The Outlaw Josey Wales (1976)
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Let’s go back to 1976 for a Clint Eastwood classic.
Set during and after the American Civil War, the movie starred Clint Eastwood who also directed it.
Also starring Chief Dan George, Sondra Locke, Sam Bottoms, and Geraldine Keams.
The movie is the story of Josey Wales, a Missouri farmer whose family is murdered by Union militants during the Civil War. Driven to revenge, Wales joins a Confederate guerrilla band and fights in the Civil War.
After the war, all the fighters in Wales’ group except for Wales surrender to Union officers, but they end up being massacred. Wales becomes an outlaw and is pursued by bounty hunters and Union soldiers.
The film was adapted by Sonia Chernus and Philip Kaufman from author Forrest Carter’s 1972 novel The Rebel Outlaw: Josey Wales (republished, as shown in the movie’s opening credits, as Gone to Texas).
The movie had a budget of 3.7 million dollars and did almost 32 million dollars.
In 1996, the film was selected for preservation in the National Film Registry of the Library of Congress for being deemed “culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant”.
Josey Wales was portrayed by Michael Parks in the film’s 1986 sequel, The Return of Josey Wales.
Source: Sal Amato