Unforgiven (1992)



Critic Consensus: As both director and star, Clint Eastwood strips away decades of Hollywood varnish applied to the Wild West, and emerges with a series of harshly eloquent statements about the nature of violence.

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Dedicated to his mentors Sergio Leone and Don Siegel, Clint Eastwood's 1992 Oscar-winner examines the mythic violence of the Western, taking on the ghosts of his own star past. Disgusted by Sheriff "Little Bill" Daggett's decree that several ponies make up for a cowhand's slashing a whore's face, Big Whiskey prostitutes, led by fierce Strawberry Alice (Frances Fisher), take justice into their own hands and put a $1000 bounty on the lives of the perpetrators. Notorious outlaw-turned-hog farmer … More

Rating: R (for language, and violence, and for a scene of sexuality)
Genre: Western, Drama
Directed By:
Written By: David Webb Peoples
In Theaters:
On DVD: Mar 26, 1997
Warner Bros. Pictures


as William Munny

as Little Bill Daggett

as Ned Logan

as English Bob

as W W. Beauchamp

as Strawberry Alice

as Delilah Fitzgerald

as Quick Mike

as Davey Bunting

as Skinny Dubois

as The Schofield Kid

as Crow Creek Kate

as Will Munny

as Penny Munny

as Fatty Rossiter

as German Joe Schultz

as Crocker

as Johnny Foley

as Lippy MacGregor

as Deputy Andy Russell

as Charley Hecker

as Clyde Ledbetter

as Texas Slim

as Train Person #3

as The Shadow

as Muddy Chandler

as Fighter

as Curious Townsperson ...
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Critic Reviews for Unforgiven

All Critics (83) | Top Critics (20)

"Unforgiven" is a high-caliber movie, a gripping and haunting work of art that should finally establish Eastwood as one of America's best directors.

Full Review… | February 17, 2015
New York Daily News
Top Critic

It shouldn't be missed by anyone with a taste for Eastwood's typically slanted morality. It's the actor/director's best movie -- and the best Western by anybody -- in over 20 years.

Full Review… | August 2, 2013
USA Today
Top Critic

Unforgiven ain't nuthin' new, y'unnerstan', but it's a good, old-fashioned western-type pitcher with plenty o' rootin' tootin' action 'n' big ol' horses 'n' 10-gallon hats 'n' sech.

Full Review… | August 2, 2013
Orlando Sentinel
Top Critic

Eastwood deliberately upends the conventions of the western, subverting his own image in the process.

Full Review… | August 2, 2013
Philadelphia Inquirer
Top Critic

The Western is back. With a vengeance. Saddle up or get out of the way.

Full Review… | August 2, 2013
Los Angeles Times
Top Critic

This is the finest set of performances ever to grace a Clint Eastwood movie, and this time Eastwood even does a good job directing Eastwood. Every bullet in this movie matters.

Full Review… | February 20, 2013
New Yorker
Top Critic

Audience Reviews for Unforgiven

A very good Western. Eastwood is grand.

Wildaly M

Super Reviewer


I'm a little undecided on the specific rating, being torn betweeen a 4 and a 4 1/2, so let's just call it around a B+ to an A-.

When this film can out, it was fairly obvious that it was intended to be the western to end all westerns, the one to bring the genre to a close. That obviously didn't happen, but it did do a fantastic job at demythologizing things, and showing the consequences of violence, guilt, closure.

It's a great film, but not without flaws. It's a bit too long, and drags in places, some of the material is a bit unnecessary, and the stuff with English Bob could have been trimmed and reworked. Also, the prologue and epilogue, I think, could have been tweaked a little as well.

All that aside, this is a wonderful character study. The cast are really good, and they give some tremendous performances. Pretty much everyone shines. I really liked Frances Fisher, though. Eastwood and Hackman have a great confrontation, and Freeman just finds the right notes with his character.

The film is violent, but not in a ridiculous, WIld Bunch kind of way. The cinematic way the violence and showdowns are handled subvert expectations, and are handled in a startingly (yet artful) way. There's a chilling aspect to the matter of fact callousness of things which really lend strength and credibility to the film's themes and thesis.

This is some really great stuff, but not perfect. It's a little overrated, and seems dated now, but it's nevertheless a fantastic and entertaining work of art.

Chris Weber

Super Reviewer


Clint Eastwood's modern Western classic is a slow yet oddly engaging deconstruction of the traditional Western roles, expectations and stereotypes. The first time we see our hero he is running behind some pigs and falls into the mud, never gets tired of mentioning the terrible things he's done in the past and yet you feel for the character and follow him on his hunt for a bounty. The film refuses to make easy dark or light moral distinctions, but shows characters and a world of grey. That may not be very easy to stomach for some viewers but is probably one of the more realistic takes on this era of American history. The acting and cinematography are outstanding, even through a couple of slower parts. And in the end, when the villains have driven a man who wanted to leave his demons behind, back to being a monster everyone gets what they deserve.

Jens S.

Super Reviewer

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