★★★★☆ USA. 2h15m. Western. Directed by Clint Eastwood. Written by Philip Kaufman, Sonia Chernus (screenplay) and Forrest Carter (“Gone To Texas”). Cinematography by Bruce Surtees. Edited by Ferris Webster. Music by Jerry Fielding. Starring Clint Eastwood, Chief Dan George, Sondra Locke, Bill McKinney, John Vernon.
Tells the story of Josey Wales, a Missouri farmer whose family is murdered by Union militants during the Civil War. Driven to revenge, Wales joins a Confederate guerrilla band and makes a name for himself as a feared gunfighter. After the war, all the fighters in Wales’ group except for him surrender to Union officers, but they end up being massacred. Wales becomes an outlaw and is pursued by bounty hunters and Union soldiers as he tries to make a new life for himself.