Very poor and boringly repetitive man hunting story, full of clichés and easy use of puritan moral. Clint Eastwood once more depicted as the hero who can exterminate hundred of vilains without being hurted and always ready to protect the weaks. Very cartoon-esque western. Just as many others in the genre.
Dyin' ain't much of a livin' A rebellious southern white man meets a rebellious Indian War chief in the post civil war 1800s U.S. both show mutual respect for one another based on eachs reputation. The white man, trying to save citizens of a nearby town from the wrath of the Indian tribe, explains that governments suck. They rob, kill, and cheat, but its citizens and its people who simply live by the land ... (cont)
Ottimamente fotografato,un western ambizioso che spazia su molti contesti ma a che mio avviso non riesce a staccarsi troppo da un certo paladinismo del protagonista. Cmq il ritmo è buono(anche è un pò allungato),l'azione è girata bene(siamo nel 1976) e Clint ha una mimica ed una gestualità estasianti.Il titolo in italiano è davvero ridicolo.Buonissimo lavoro di Eastwood. 3,5 *
The intro sequence is fantastic, short and brutal. Then Eastwood shows what he learned working with Sergio Leone, the good use of wide framing, a similar sense of humour and the overpowering presence in the main character, but instead of the relentless macho-arrogance often found in Leone's work, the script also finds sensibility towards its characters and their situations.
As weird in its way as El Topo, TOJW's attempt to balance bloody-mindedness w/ a comic tone fails into a distracted MOR. The film subverts its revenge engine when Josey begins to collect misfits, each w/ their own political complaint -- co-opted old Cherokee, sexually-abused squaw, jobless/boozeless barflies, women who lost men in the war... TOJW gives each space to speechify, but sympathy is assumed rather than won.
Very entertaining western epic from director/star Clint Eastwood rises above the usual cliches of the genre with rich characters and an authentic Old West atmosphere. It has its flaws - it's slow in spots, with a meandering plot that goes on a bit too long - but at its strongest moments it truly is a western classic. Great spirited score by Jerry Fielding.