The Outlaw Josey Wales

Continuity mistake: When Josey was in the general store picking up supplies with the Indian man and women, Josey was handed a picture of Slim Fixin. If you watch carefully, he walks out with the picture. When you see Josey after he has walked out of the general store, he does not have the picture in his hand.

Continuity mistake: When Josey, Lone Watie, and the Indian woman stop in a town, Josey listens to the General store clerk who hands him a postcard that shows "Slim Fixin" after he was killed. The postcard is actually a real life photograph of gunfighter/outlaw Bill Doolin after he was gunned down.

Continuity mistake: In the scene where Josey and Jamie are about to ride off after killing the two bushwhackers (Abe and Lige), Josie spits tobacco on Abe's forehead. Look closely and you can see Abe's eyelids twitch. Also, notice where the tobacco lands. In the first shot, it's right next to Abe's receding hairline. But in the next shot, it's much closer to his eyebrows. His eyes are also open/closed between shots.

Continuity mistake: When Josey rides into Ten Bears' camp, Ten Bears bends down and puts some blood or war paint on his forehead. When he stands up the paint above one eyebrow is applied well, the other one is smeared. As Ten Bears is talking to Josey, both of them are well applied.

Continuity mistake: When Josey was in the general store picking up supplies with the Indian man and women, Josey was handed a picture of Slim Fixin. If you watch carefully, he walks out with the picture. When you see Josey after he has walked out of the general store, he does not have the picture in his hand.

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Lone Watie: Get ready, little lady. Hell is coming to breakfast.

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Trivia: Some of the combat footage shown during the opening credits comes from John Huston's classic Civil War film, "The Red Badge of Courage" (1951). (00:08:22)

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Question: After the raid on his farm and he has buried his wife and son, where did he get the ammunition (powder, caps and balls) to do all the practising with, as they would have burned up in the fire and the lead balls would have melted?

Answer: At first, the story advances very rapidly, essentially giving the audience a primer lesson on Josey's angry motivation; so, many minute details aren't explored, such as where he acquired his ammunition. We might conjecture that Josey had a separate out-building, called a "powder house" (which was common in that era) where gunpowder and shot was kept for safety reasons. If he did, that raises the question of why the raiders didn't ransack and burn his powder house as well.

Charles Austin Miller
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