Eastwood cuts down the Western machismo with irreverent humor and memorable one-liners. My favorite: "Dyin' ain't much of a livin' boy." I also love the brooding atmosphere and backdrop of post-Civil War America.
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.
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.
Chief Dan George steals the show in this atypical Western by Eastwood which blends familiar ingredients of the genre with characters whom Josey meets that start to change him and ultimately become his surrogate family.
Un spectacle de divertissement moyen, avec les habituels et inutiles stéréotypes d'un genre qui nous dévoile, cette fois-ci, un Clint Eastwood (dont c'est déjà la cinquième réalisation) en manque crucial d'inspiration et d'éloquence... www.cinefiches.com