I WISH the Europeans had been snotty. They weren't even snotty--everything "snotty" about them is on paper! If they'd been snotty the movie might have ingratiated me a lot more!
I wouldn't have gotten that Unforgiven reference because I haven't watched that movie in a very long time. It's a good movie, I just haven't much revisited it!
Yeah, I did catch that Josey was rated PG. I guess Sondra Locke's pale butt cheeks and 138 deaths on screen aren't enough to rouse the MPAA's ire. But they also didn't mind melting faces in Indiana Jones back then either.
I probably find the movie more depressing than you because those community-of-misfits characters didn't interest me much more than they seemed to interest Josey himself. They're the closest Clint came in this movie to his usual obligatory cheesy amateur supporting actors, but maybe he didn't do that as much in 1976 as he did in his old age.
You're also probably well aware that the book it's based on (though heavily altered by Clint, on top of already being adapted by Philip Kaufman) was written by a Klansman who wrote that one infamous speech for George Wallace, Asa Carter, who wrote under the name Forrest Carter.
That's right, a Southern Confederate racist sympathizer changed his name from ASA to FORREST. That's like a Vietnamese guy changing his name from Nguyen to Tran.