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Author Topic: Anyone else prefer High Plains Drifter to Josey Wales?  (Read 740 times)
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« on: May 31, 2017, 03:30:23 PM »

HPD is probably my favourite Clint western. I simply love it!  I find Josey Wales to be unengaging and totally overrated.

Do you prefer High Plains Drifter? I consider it his masterwork.




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« Reply #1 on: June 01, 2017, 01:33:09 AM »

It's certainly edgier, and yes, in many ways I prefer it. Don't we have a thread around here somewhere where people took sides?
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« Reply #2 on: June 03, 2017, 01:27:58 PM »

That's a good question. They are certainly different movies, and I like both a lot.
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« Reply #3 on: August 29, 2017, 09:45:55 PM »

Yeah this is a great fun question. I love questions like this. Comparing Eastwood movies to other Eastwood movies. I often ask questions like this myself. It's tough to say. Both are truly great. I enjoy both very much. Josey Wales is a tough gritty outlaw. And what he did to that town of Laredo in high plains was pretty enjoyable too. Honestly for me these two are just to close for me to say which one I like more than the other. Really there's only three Eastwood western movies that I would put ahead of high plains drifter and Josey Wales. And those three in order are unforgiven, GBU, and for a few dollars more.
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« Reply #4 on: August 30, 2017, 01:12:05 AM »

(Lago. ;) )

(No poor cowboys wrapped in white linen as cold as the clay in Lago. ;)
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« Reply #5 on: August 30, 2017, 06:16:01 PM »

Thanks for correcting me KC. I remember saying Lago as I was typing but for whatever reason I typed Laredo. Not sure how I did that. I was watching tv so I guess I'll use that as my excuse. Anyways thanks
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« Reply #6 on: September 01, 2017, 03:03:23 AM »

Both are great.  For me, High Plains Drifter has the edge because The Stranger closely resembles the The Man With No Name.  The Leone westerns Eastwood starred in are my favorites. 

Perhaps it's the mystery.  While the viewer is on their own with regards to the back story of The Stranger, such is not the case with Josey Wales.  We see he's a happy family man at the outset before tragedy strikes.  We see the reason for his bitterness and anger.  On his revenge seeking journey, we witness him unwittingly amass a new "family" and, depending on the viewer, possibly comes full circle and settles down on a new farm at the end of the film.

The Outlaw Josey Wales is one of Eastwood's best moments as actor/director and possibly even a better movie, but I still prefer High Plains Drifter.   I love the introduction of the character as he rides into Lago and watching the story unfold from there.

Great topic... I just may have to view these as a double feature sometime soon. 😎

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« Reply #7 on: September 01, 2017, 09:16:26 PM »

Thanks for correcting me KC. I remember saying Lago as I was typing but for whatever reason I typed Laredo. Not sure how I did that. I was watching tv so I guess I'll use that as my excuse. Anyways thanks

I hope you don't take offense because I corrected you! I couldn't resist making a joke about the song "The Streets of Laredo." :)
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« Reply #8 on: September 03, 2017, 12:38:23 AM »

Both are great.  For me, High Plains Drifter has the edge because The Stranger closely resembles the The Man With No Name.  The Leone westerns Eastwood starred in are my favorites. 

Perhaps it's the mystery.  While the viewer is on their own with regards to the back story of The Stranger, such is not the case with Josey Wales.  We see he's a happy family man at the outset before tragedy strikes.  We see the reason for his bitterness and anger.  On his revenge seeking journey, we witness him unwittingly amass a new "family" and, depending on the viewer, possibly comes full circle and settles down on a new farm at the end of the film.

The Outlaw Josey Wales is one of Eastwood's best moments as actor/director and possibly even a better movie, but I still prefer High Plains Drifter.   I love the introduction of the character as he rides into Lago and watching the story unfold from there.

Great topic... I just may have to view these as a double feature sometime soon. 😎

Very well put B.C.  It really is too close to call for me. What he does to that town is pretty amazing. Josey Wales is tough and gritty. Very rough tough type of movie. Really too close to call for me. Like U stated I think I'll have to watch them back to back and maybe decide then.
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« Reply #9 on: September 03, 2017, 12:41:24 AM »

I hope you don't take offense because I corrected you! I couldn't resist making a joke about the song "The Streets of Laredo." :)

No I'm not offended at all. I needed to have that corrected. I still can't believe I did that. 😅
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« Reply #10 on: September 04, 2017, 04:14:23 PM »

As much as I like High Plains Drifter, I love Josey Wales. The one liners from Clint and the performance of Chief Dan George were great!
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« Reply #11 on: September 08, 2017, 08:45:58 PM »


I prefer Marianna Hill over Sondra Locke, so @ the moment I prefer HPD
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