Cinema: Classic Heroism

THE OUTLAW JOSEY WALES

Directed by CLINT EASTWOOD

Screenplay by PHIL KAUFMAN and SONIA CHERNUS

Josey Wales' situation is a classic one for a western hero. A peaceable border-state farmer in the days before the Civil War, he is attacked by Northern guerrillas. His farm is burned out, his wife and child killed. That causes him to join some Southern guerrillas and fight vengefully through the war. Then he sees his comrades—his new family—massacred by the Union soldiers who tricked them into surrendering. That converts him into a bit of unfinished business for the victors, and he must flee deeper into the Western...

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