The Outlaw Josey Wales (1976)



Critic Consensus: Recreating the essence of his iconic Man With No Name in a post-Civil War Western, director Clint Eastwood delivered the first of his great revisionist works of the genre.

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Clint Eastwood's fifth film as a director and eighth Western as a star (ninth if you count Paint Your Wagon), The Outlaw Josey Wales chronicles the hero's violent journey westward after the Civil War. With fresh memoris of his family's slaughter by Red Leg soldier Terrill (Bill McKinney), Confederate Josey Wales (Eastwood) refuses to join his captain Fletcher (John Vernon) and the rest of his comrades in surrender to a U.S. Army regiment. Deemed a dangerous outlaw after a bloody one-man battle … More

Rating: PG (adult situations/language, nudity, violence)
Genre: Western, Drama, Action & Adventure
Directed By:
Written By: Philip Kaufman, Sonia Chernus, Phil Kaufman
In Theaters:
On DVD: Mar 30, 1999
Warner Home Video


as Josey Wales

as Lone Watie

as Laura Lee

as Terrill

as Fletcher

as Grandma Sarah

as Little Moonlight

as Carpetbagger

as Travis Cobb

as Ten Spot

as Kelly

as Ten Bears

as Sim Carstairs

as Comancho Leader

as Shopkeeper

as Bloody Bill Anderson

as Zukie Limmer

as Josey's Wife

as First Texas Ranger

as Second Texas Ranger

as Union Army Sergeant

as Sim Carstairs

as First Bounty Hunter
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Critic Reviews for The Outlaw Josey Wales

All Critics (36) | Top Critics (6)

All in all, a very creditable film.

Full Review… | August 8, 2011
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

The screenplay is another one of those violence revues, with carnage production numbers slotted every so often.

Full Review… | July 6, 2010
Top Critic

[Eastwood] gets to the heart of the matter briskly, orchestrates his confrontations intelligently and gets off without lingering unduly over the resultant ugliness.

Full Review… | October 26, 2008
TIME Magazine
Top Critic

Demonstrated Eastwood's ability to recreate his first starring role, as the mythic Man with No Name of the Italian Westerns, and to subtly undercut it through comedy and mockery.

Full Review… | January 26, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

Eastwood is such a taciturn and action-oriented performer that it's easy to overlook the fact that he directs many of his movies -- and many of the best, most intelligent ones.

Full Review… | October 23, 2004
Chicago Sun-Times
Top Critic

A soggy attempt at a post-Civil War western epic.

Full Review… | May 21, 2003
New York Times
Top Critic

Audience Reviews for The Outlaw Josey Wales


One of the best westerns of all time. Another Eastwood Classic. Clint Eastwood is excellent, he delivers a thrilling performance and even more thrilling directional feature. A stunning and well-crafted western that delivers plenty of sensational shoot-ours and great humor. A fun and exhilarating action-packed adventure. A great cast in some wonderful supporting roles just add more to love about this movie.

Al S

Super Reviewer


Clint Eastwood's The Outlaw Josey Wales is a near flawless Western with a great cast of actors. Directed by Clint Eastwood who also plays the lead role of Josey Wales, This is a classic Western that is packed with effective story telling, good action, memorable characters and above all, great directing. I very much enjoyed this film, and though it's not as legendary as Sergio Leone's Westerns, this is still a classic of the genre. Clint Eastwood delivers a great performance alongside Chief Dan George. The Outlaw Josey Wales is a great tale of revenge and payback. I think it's a subject that suits Clint Eastwood well, and he doesn't disappoint. This is a well crafted film with a great cast, great performances and an engaging story. If you're a Clint Eastwood fan, then you really should give this one a shot. This is a superb Western, and it will please fans of the genre. I really enjoyed John Vernon's performance as Fletcher, the man hunting down Josey Wales. Both Eastwood and Vernon light up the screen, and it's what makes this film so good. Combine that with a great story, and you have yet another Western classic. If you enjoy exciting Westerns, then this is the film for you. The cast is great, and the story is always exciting, and the performances are top notch. The Outlaw Josey Wales is a great film, and directed by Clint Eastwood, you can expect an excellent film for sure. If you love Eastwood's work, then don't miss out on this one. A must see for Eastwood fans.

Alex roy

Super Reviewer

A typical horse opera with Eastwood as the stranger you better not mess with, only different, yea charged, with the blithe spirit of Chief Dan George as the unlikely second banana, who manages to lift the usual proceedings single-handedly into 4 star territory.

Kevin M. Williams

Super Reviewer

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