The Outlaw Josey Wales

The Outlaw Josey Wales (1976)

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Corrected entry: The Josey says to Laura, "I'm from Missouri - you'll have to show me." The "show me" line was first publicized in a speech by the Governor of Missouri in 1899, several years after the movie was set.

Correction: That doesn't mean the saying was not in common usage well before the governor said it in a speech, not a mistake.


Corrected entry: When the two bushwhackers, Abe and Lige, get the drop on Josey and Jamie they call back for a third bushwhacker named Benny. No other sign of Josey and Jamie dealing with Benny.

Correction: As you said, they're bushwhackers. Most likely Benny, if he existed, ran when things went south.


Correction: In one version Josey chases Benny and kills him.

Corrected entry: Josey Wales opens up on the Red Legs with the gatling gun. In one shot in particular, about six cavalry mounted soldiers ride right in front of Wales. Josey easily shoots the soldiers but somehow misses all the horses they were mounted on.

Correction: He is aiming above the horses and hits the men in the chest/head.


Continuity mistake: When Josey was in the general store picking up supplies with the Indian man and women, Josey was handed a picture of Slim Fixin. If you watch carefully, he walks out with the picture. When you see Josey after he has walked out of the general store, he does not have the picture in his hand.

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Senator: The war's over. Our side won the war. Now we must busy ourselves winning the peace. And Fletcher, there's an old saying: To the victors belong the spoils.
Fletcher: There's another old saying, Senator: Don't piss down my back and tell me it's raining.

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Trivia: Some of the combat footage shown during the opening credits comes from John Huston's classic Civil War film, "The Red Badge of Courage" (1951). (00:08:22)

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Question: After the raid on his farm and he has buried his wife and son, where did he get the ammunition (powder, caps and balls) to do all the practising with, as they would have burned up in the fire and the lead balls would have melted?

Answer: At first, the story advances very rapidly, essentially giving the audience a primer lesson on Josey's angry motivation; so, many minute details aren't explored, such as where he acquired his ammunition. We might conjecture that Josey had a separate out-building, called a "powder house" (which was common in that era) where gunpowder and shot was kept for safety reasons. If he did, that raises the question of why the raiders didn't ransack and burn his powder house as well.

Charles Austin Miller
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