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The Outlaw Josey Wales

Clint Eastwood

Few American stars or directors have CVs that can rival Clint Eastwood’s. But his 1976 Western, The Outlaw Josey Wales, holds its head high in a career full of highlights.

The key to the film’s greatness is its sense of unpredictability. What at first seems like a straightforward revenge story soon turns into a far more complex study of personal redemption and the after-effects of war as Eastwood’s eponymous hero, a Confederate raider who refused to surrender, finds himself acquiring an unlikely gang of saddle partners and starts to build a second family to replace the one he lost.

Action-packed and fuelled by a delightfully quirky sense of humour, the film is also notable for the selfless way Eastwood mocks his own persona and cedes the limelight to his first-rate supporting cast, including the great First-Nation character actor Chief Dan George, who steals every scene he is in.