2021 Movie Draft- Round 7 Pick 7- Hanspostcard selects western- The Outlaw Josey Wales.
Up until five years ago I had never seen The Outlaw Josey Wales. On a trip to Gettysburg in the summer of 2016 we were taking a tour with Park Ranger Matt Atkinson and a group of others. It started raining- and we all found shelter and Matt was asked what was the best Civil War movie- and he said ‘The Outlaw Josey Wales’- and then he goes into his Clint Eastwood mode- quoting Clint lines from the movie. Sounded like something I should see so when we got home we watched the movie- and I agree with Matt- my favorite Civil War/ Western movie. I’ve watched it a handful of times since- including last weekend- it gets better with repeated viewings.
Just giving the basics of the story without giving the movie away – the movie is set during the American Civil War. Josey Wales a Missouri farmer who isn’t involved in the war is driven to join up with a group of Confederate guerrillas after atrocities are committed by a group Union militants.
When the war ends- Wales refuses to surrender- and a bounty is put on his head. While there continues to be violence -Wales I believe has had enough- but they won’t let him be and continue to attempt in tracking him down. There is an anti-war vibe about the film. He heads west and just wants to be left alone but they won’t leave him alone.
Here is what Clint Eastwood later said about the movie-
As for Josey Wales, I saw the parallels to the modern day at that time. Everybody gets tired of it, but it never ends. A war is a horrible thing, but it’s also a unifier of countries… Man becomes his most creative during war. Look at the amount of weaponry that was made in four short years of World War II—the amount of ships and guns and tanks and inventions and planes and P-38s and P-51s, and just the urgency and the camaraderie, and the unifying. But that’s kind of a sad statement on mankind, if that’s what it takes