Clint Eastwood is a confederate soldier seeking revenge once his family is murdered in the 1976 Western film "The Outlaw Josey Wales". This is a film where the American Civil War ends at the outset of "The Outlaw Josey Wales". The point in time is also when Missouri farmer Josey Wales (Clint Eastwood) turns desperado. He is continuing his conflict with the North. He also has to confront a sober, harsh, and straightforward aesthetics and attitude existing in frontier brutality and personal fights for everyday survival.

Here the results of this film is revealed in the larger-than-life iconography of the American Western genre. The film's action undercuts its romanticism—of tall men outfitted in wide-brimmed hats and gun belts, of horses galloping across the ragged plains, of squinty-eyed stare-downs and the fair maidens whose beauty makes them prey for marauding bandit—with a portrait of killing as a plague that begets individual and national trauma.

The film was adapted by Sonia Chernus and Philip Kaufman from author Forrest Carter's 1972 novel 'The Rebel Outlaw: Josey Wales' (republished in the movie's opening credits, as 'Gone to Texas'). The film was directed by Eastwood and produced by Robert Daley. It was a commercial success, earning $31.8 million against a $3.7 million budget. In 1996, the film was selected for preservation in the National Film Registry of the Library of Congress for being deemed "culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant".

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