THE OUTLAW JOSEY WALES
1976, Warner Bros., 135 min, USA, Dir: Clint Eastwood

Long considered an Eastwood masterpiece, WALES tells the story of a farmer (Eastwood) who sets out to avenge the murders of his family. With a refreshing blend of heart-pounding action, complex characters and offbeat humor, the film still stands as one of the greatest Westerns ever to hit the screen.


THE GOOD, THE BAD AND THE UGLY (Extended Version)
(IL BUONO, IL BRUTTO, IL CATTIVO)
1966, MGM/Park Circus, 179 min, Italy, Spain, West Germany, Dir: Sergio Leone

From the opening whistle and whipcrack theme, to the final images of a vast cemetery stretching almost to infinity, THE GOOD, THE BAD & THE UGLY is surely one of the bloodiest, funniest and most wickedly entertaining portraits of human corruption ever made. Leone’s surreal masterpiece of the American West during the last days of the Civil War follows a trio of equally violent and unrepentant gunslingers (Clint Eastwood, Eli Wallach and Lee Van Cleef) who engage in a jawdropping series of double- and triple-crosses to get their hands on a fortune in stolen Confederate gold.


JOE KIDD
1972, Universal, 88 min, USA, Dir: Clint Eastwood

Clint Eastwood stars in this late Western by old master John Sturges (THE MAGNIFICENT SEVEN), who brings his usual muscular style to the staging of some classic action sequences. Robert Duvall plays a wealthy land baron who hires bounty hunter Eastwood to track down a Mexican leader (John Saxon) fighting for reform. What seems like a simple job quickly becomes complicated for Eastwood as his allegiance starts to shift. Eastwood favorite Bruce Surtees brings his usual evocative touch to the imagery, while ace screenwriter Elmore Leonard provides the words.


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