In this self-directed post-Civil War era western Eastwood plays Josey Wales, a farmer. One day his farm is attacked and his family killed. Wales embarks off on a journey of revenge against the men who did it. He finds himself out West and obligated to help a group of vulnerable pioneers find their way to their destination. Co-starring Chief Dan George, Sondra Locke and Paula Trueman.
I think I appeal to the escapism in people – the characters I play… I like those characters myself; that’s why, maybe, I carry them to other extremes than my predecessors… A man who thinks on a very simple level and has very simple moral values, appeals to a great many people.