Josey Wales is a hardworking Missouri farmer during the Civil War - when his wife and son are killed by Union Guerrillas (Redlegs) he joins the Confederates and becomes a one man killing machine. When the war ends Josey's unit surrenders but he refuses and then witnesses his unit wiped out by Redlegs under the command of Captain Terrill - Wales then goes crazy with a Gatling gun.
This results in Wales being hunted as an outlaw and forced to flee, keeping one step ahead of both Terrill and his former commander, Fletcher. Soon Wales picks up a companion in the shape of Cherokee Lone Wait and from here on in the film switches from its revenge plot to become a meditation of the importance of community and more important, family.
Josey Wales is an early Eastwood classic - it's up there with the Unforgiven and The Good, the Bad and the Ugly and contains some great iconic scenes.
"Dying ain't much of a living, boy."