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The Outlaw Josey Wales Details


Clint Eastwood's fifth film as a director and eighth Western as a star (ninth if you count Clint Eastwood), 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 with that regiment, Josey is pursued by U.S. cavalry soldiers led by the unwilling Fletcher and the murderous Terrill, as well as by bounty hunters who eventually learn how coolly lethal Wales can be. Despite his desire to remain a lone fugitive, Josey soon has a crew of travelling companions that includes Cherokee Lone Watie (Chief Dan George) and the pretty Laura Lee (Sondra Locke) and her vigorous Grandma Sarah (Paula Trueman), settlers on their way to a ranch near ghost town Santa Rio. The few Santa Rio residents welcome the group, but their peace and Josey's burgeoning romance with Laura Lee are soon interrupted by Terrill's arrival. A skillfully violent man of few, well-chosen words, Josey Wales resembles Eastwood's previous Western heroes in Sergio Leone's trilogy, Sergio Leone (1964), Sergio Leone (1965), and Sergio Leone (1966). However, the emphasis on friends and family served notice that, in the words of one critic, "the Man With No Name doesn't live here anymore." Indeed, Josey Wales would be Eastwood's last western before 1985's Sergio Leone. Although it did not garner similar critical praise when it was released, Eastwood considers The Outlaw Josey Wales to be the equal of the Oscar-winning Sergio Leone (1992). ~ Lucia Bozzola, Rovi

  • Release date:June 30, 1976


Awarded by
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Jerry Fielding Best Original Score 1976 Nominee


Clint Eastwood
as Josey Wales
Chief Dan George
as Lone Watie
Sondra Locke
as Laura Lee
Bill McKinney
as Terrill
John Vernon
as Fletcher
Paula Trueman
as Grandma Sarah
Samuel Bottoms
as Jamie
Geraldine Keams
as Little Moonlight
Woodrow Parfrey
as Carpetbagger
Joyce Jameson
as Rose
Sheb Wooley
as Cobb
Royal Dano
as Ten Spot
John Verros
as Chato
Will Sampson
as Ten Bears
John Quade
as Comanchero Leader
Buck Kartalian
as Shopkeeper
Erik Holland
as Union Army Sergeant
Charles Tyner
as Zukie Limmer
John Mitchum
as Al
John Russell
as Bloody Bill Anderson
Cissy Wellman
as Josey's Wife
Len Lesser
as Abe
Doug McGrath
as Lige
Matt Clark
as Kelly
Bob Hoy
as Second Texas Ranger


Clint Eastwood
Fritz Manes
Philip Kaufman
Sonia Chernus
Forrest Carter
Book Author
Bruce Surtees
Jerry Fielding
Composer (Music Score)
Ferris Webster
Tambi Larsen
Production Designer
John G. Wilson
Associate Producer
Bert Hallberg
Sound/Sound Designer
Tex Rudloff
Sound/Sound Designer