THE OUTLAW JOSEY WALES
DIRECTED BY CLINT EASTWOOD
PRODUCED BY ROBERT DALEY/ JAMES FARGO/ JOHN G. WILSON
MALPASO/ WARNER BROTHERS
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Josey Wales makes his way west after the Civil War, determined to live a useful and helpful life. He joins up with a group of settlers who need the protection that a man as tough and experienced as he is can provide. Unfortunately, the past has a way of catching up with you, and Josey is a wanted man.
Written by Murray Chapman
Clint Eastwood ... Josey Wales
Chief Dan George ... Lone Watie
Sondra Locke ... Laura Lee
Bill McKinney ... Terrill
John Vernon ... Fletcher
Paula Trueman ... Grandma Sarah
Sam Bottoms ... Jamie
Geraldine Keams ... Little Moonlight
Woodrow Parfrey ... Carpetbagger
Joyce Jameson ... Rose
Sheb Wooley ... Travis Cobb
Royal Dano ... Ten Spot
Matt Clark ... Kelly (as Matt Clarke)
John Verros ... Chato
Will Sampson ... Ten Bears
William O'Connell ... Sim Carstairs
John Quade ... Comanchero Leader
Frank Schofield ... Senator Lane
Buck Kartalian ... Shopkeeper
Len Lesser ... Abe
Doug McGrath ... Lige
John Russell ... Bloody Bill Anderson
Charles Tyner ... Zukie Limmer
Bruce M. Fischer ... Yoke
John Mitchum ... Al
John Davis Chandler ... First Bounty Hunter (as John Chandler)
Tom Roy Lowe ... Second Bounty Hunter
Clay Tanner ... First Texas Ranger
Robert F. Hoy ... Second Texas Ranger (as Bob Hoy)
Madeleine Taylor Holmes ... Grannie Hawkins (as Madeline T. Holmes)
Erik Holland ... Union Army Sergeant
Cissy Wellman ... Josey's Wife
Faye Hamblin ... Grandpa
Danny Green ... Lemuel
Kyle Eastwood ... Josey's son (uncredited)
Richard Farnsworth ... Comanchero (uncredited)
Forrest Carter (book "Gone to Texas")
Philip Kaufman (screenplay) (as Phil Kaufman) and
Sonia Chernus (screenplay)
* In the novel, Lone Watie is identified as the nephew of General Stand Watie, a Cherokee from Indian Territory, who was the last Confederate general to surrender at the end of the U.S. Civil War.
* Philip Kaufman started to direct the film but was replaced by Clint Eastwood, a controversial move which prompted the DGA to institute a ban on any current cast or crew member replacing the director on a film - a rule which has ever since been titled the "Eastwood rule."
* There were three waves of release: June 23, 1976 in Philadelphia, Chicago, Baltimore, Washington DC; June 30, 1976 in Pittsburgh, Buffalo, Cleveland, Detroit, Denver; July 14, 1976 in Minneapolis, Los Angeles.
* In all his Westerns, Clint Eastwood has never killed any Indians. Josey Wales' friendship with various Indians underlines this fact.
* Reportedly, country singer George Strait's favorite movie.
* Referred to by Johnny Carson as the greatest western of all time.
* Josey's two main handguns are Colt Walker 1847 Dragoon revolvers. They each hold six .44 caliber ball shots. The weapon features larger cylinder chambers to allow more powder to be placed in the gun, making them more powerful (thus, why it was so popular 20 years later). The Walker Colt's one drawback was the weakness in the cylinder walls. If one broke, the whole weapon would blow up. This is referenced in Clint Eastwood's Unforgiven (1992).
* Because of Chief Dan George's age, he would have trouble remembering his lines so during takes, Clint Eastwood would begin to mouth his lines without realizing it and had to be told to stop because it would ruin the take.
* Crew or equipment visible: During the rape scene, crew members can be seen through the legs of a bandit.
* Errors in geography: The river flows in the wrong direction in the ferry scene. After crossing the river while traveling generally northeast to southwest, toward the Indian Nations, the river should flow from left to right.
* Anachronisms: The use of metallic cartridge conversion revolvers that did not exist until well after the war. The pistol that Wales retrieved from the ruins of his house was not offered until 1871. Other conversion guns also pop up throughout the film.
* Continuity: During his showdown with the Comancheros, the sun is behind everyone, no matter which way they're facing.
* Anachronisms: Towards the end of the film, Josey and Laura Lee exchange jokes about their respective home states. Laura Lee tells a gag about Missouri being the "show-me" state, a nickname which most people agree only dates back to the 1890s, whereas this film is set in the immediate aftermath of the Civil War, in the 1860s.
* Audio/visual unsynchronized: When Laura Lee plays the concertina, the sound doesn't match what she's playing.
* Revealing mistakes: After the bounty hunters are killed in the bush and Josey spits on his forehead his eyes are closed, then it shows him again as they ride away and his eyes are open.
* Anachronisms: The hymn "In the Sweet By and By" wasn't published until 1867.
* Crew or equipment visible: Near the end of the film when Wales is fighting the posse outside the house, you can see the legs of a C-stand when a man from Terrill's gang falls off a horse.
* Miscellaneous: The cart has a square hole that the crew uses to drive the cart instead of Granny and the girl. It is obviously driving the cart not the women. It also disappears and reappears.
* Factual errors: A Gatling gun holds either 20 or 50 rounds, but Josey fires way more, not to mention the soldiers before him.
* Continuity: At the opening scene, when Josey is shooting his Colt 1862 cartridge pistol, he never reloads. This is either a "Hollywood gun mistake," or confusing cuts.
* Continuity: When the Redleg leader is shooting at the Gatling gun, he fires 4 shots. When he runs over to the Gatlin gun tent and points his gun in it, you can see all six lead balls sticking out of the front of the cylinder.
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