Friday, May 28, 2010

Classic Film Friday: The Outlaw Josey Wales

Sometimes, you just feel like a good western. Josey Wales (Clint Eastwood) is a peaceful sort of guy, just a farmin away in post-civil war Missouri... Then some pro-union (at that time you were either on one side or the other) people burn down his house, rape his wife, and murder his son. I mean, there is only so much peace to go around.

So he joins a group that is hunting those same men that did him wrong. And the killing begins. Not that he is looking to kill anyone, because he is not, but when they are trying to kill him, it leaves him with the choice of kill or be killed. Captain Terrill (Bill McKinney) is the main bad guy, chasing Josey from Missouri to Texas. Josey just wants to escape, but he has revenge on his mind too. Along his way he (Josey) picks up various people needing help. Lone Watie (Chief Dan George) is an old Cherokee man who lost everything on the trail or tears. Little Moonlight (Geraldine Keams), a Navajo woman Josey saves from being raped. Laura Lee (Sondra Locke) who Josey also saved along with her grandmother, from a band of Comancheros.

The group eventually makes their way to a ranch that Laura's dad, left to her. Except their is a problem, besides the men hunting for Josey, Ten Bears (Will Sampson) the leader of the war like Comanches doesn't like Josey and his ragtag group moving in on his land. Will he decide to attack? Will Josey ever get his revenge? Will anyone find happiness? You'll have to watch (if you haven't seen it already.. It is on regular cable (AMC) this Saturday at 8:00Pm.

1 comment:

Bob G. said...

This a a great movie...
Not as ambiguous as Pale Rider, but with a lot more character study.
It's one fo those flicks that always is worth a couple hours of your time.

Good choice.
Have a great Memorial Day weekend!