The Outlaw Josey Wales (1976)
Directed by Clint Eastwood
Stars: Clint Eastwood, Chief Dan George, Sondra Locke, John Vernon
"A man like Wales lives by the feud...because of what you've done here today, I've got to kill that man."
Everything you hold dear is taken from you. Your family murdered, your home burnt to a black skeleton, and you are left for dead among the debris. What do you do?
Sit around like a punk beeyatch and cry, or get out the big guns and start perfecting your kill shot? WWJD? Not Jesus- Josey. Josey Wales is his name, vengeance is his aim.
This is a story about balls, about having the courage to stand up in the face of adversity and being true to yourself at all costs. It takes balls to walk your own path and live by your own set of rules. An outlaw is by definition an outsider, with the cojones to adhere to a personal coda of behavior, damn what the government, the church, or society says.
Bullets fly and blood flows. The action is relentless and the tension never abates. Clint Eastwood is perfection on both sides of the camera. The supporting cast is uniformly excellent. This film is a beautifully crafted contemporary tale of the post Civil War west, not to be missed.