POSTERS: The Outlaw Josey Wales

“Dyin ain’t much of a livin boy”

With his fourth directorial outing The Outlaw Josey Wales (1976), Clint Eastwood headed back into familiar western genre territory, this time telling the Civil War era tale of a Missouri farmer whose wife and son are murdered by a band of corrupt Union soldiers known as “Red Legs” hired to wipe out all Southern rebels.


After the war is over, Josey refuses to turn himself into the Union, thus making him a wanted man. To get the drop on Wales, the Union Red Legs hire one of Josey’s old Confederate guerrilla fighter friends (John Vernon) to help track him down. This eye-catching poster definitely shows the furious nature of Josey Wales as he does his best to evade capture and avenge the wrongs done to his family. What a great image!

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Peter

Editor-In-Chief of The Grindhouse Cinema Database/Furious Cinema contributor. Pete is a rabid movie geek who enjoys everything from wild n' crazy exploitation/cult flix to big budget mainstream classics. His other interests include: graphic design, cartooning and music.

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4 Responses

  1. tom hyland says:

    This is a great poster (and a hell of a film). It tells the story at one glance. Sort of reminds me of posters from the ’40s and 50s.

  1. February 11, 2011

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  2. June 22, 2011

    […] THE OUTLAW JOSEY WALES (1976) – Directed by Clint Eastwood – This was the follow up to Eastwood’s supernatural Western High Plains Drifter (1973) and a classic tale of revenge, based on the book Gone To Texas. In Missouri during the Civil War, a farmer named Josey Wales is working on his ranch when his family is murdered by a squad of Union soldiers (known as Redlegs) who are led by a man named Captain Terrill (evil hick supreme Bill McKinney). These men not only kill Confederate soldiers on the trail, they pillage, rape and burn down the homes of innocent civilians. With his family dead, Wales decides to join a group of ragtag Confederate bushwhackers until the war is over. When the other men decide to turn themselves in after the Union wins, Wales stays behind. Soon after they arrive at the Union camp, the Confederate captives are murdered by the group of Redlegs. Afterwards, they hire one of Wales old compatriots, Fletcher (John Vernon) to help track him down and kill him. One of Wales other friends Jamie (Sam Bottoms) manages to flee the massacre but is shot on the way. Wales and Jamie make it out, but the kid later succumbs from his wound, leaving Josey to wander on his own trying to evade capture. When an Indian named Lone Watie (Chief Dan George) shows up Josey has a new cohort to ride with. By the end of the story Josey finds a kind of new family with different people who he meets on his journey. Its certainly a violent tale but also has a thoughtful side and shows Clint Eastwood’s sharp eye for mixing violence with humor, with Wales’ sense of honor at the forefront. You can see his own personal style of film making that he would come to be known for taking shape here as well. […]

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