Nolte: The Gloriously Inappropriate and Problematic 'Outlaw Josey Wales' (1976)

Nolte: The Gloriously Inappropriate and Problematic 'Outlaw Josey Wales' (1976)


Everything about The Outlaw Josey Wales, Clint Eastwood’s 1976 Western masterpiece, would offend today’s Woke Hitler Youth. That alone makes it something worth cherishing and celebrating.

Josey Wales is directed by its star, Clint Eastwood, and when we meet his title character, he’s a family man, a farmer. And then, for no apparent reason (other than they can), a band of pro-Union Jayhawkers (or red legs) burn his home, murder his son, and rape and murder his wife.

With his home and family gone, Josey has no idea what to do with himself. A montage of practice shooting leads us to believe he’s preparing himself for revenge. But when a group of pro-Confederate “bushwhackers” finds him, he’s sitting by his wife and son’s

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