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The Unforgiven (1960)





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A Texas woman, Matilda Zachary (Lillian Gish), and her sons (Burt Lancaster, Doug McClure, and Audie Murphy) must battle off a tribe of Kiowa Indians when it is discovered that her adopted daughter, Rachel (Audrey Hepburn), is actually of Indian birth. Unwilling to surrender Rachel to the Kiowas, the Zacharys must fight to keep her.
Action & Adventure , Classics , Drama , Western , Romance
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Burt Lancaster
as Ben Zachary
Audrey Hepburn
as Rachel Zachary
Audie Murphy
as Cash Zachary
John Saxon
as Johnny Portugal
Lillian Gish
as Mattilda Zachary
Albert Salmi
as Charlie
June Walker
as Hagar
Joseph Wiseman
as Abe Kelsey
Kipp Hamilton
as Georgia Rawlins
Arnold Merritt
as Jude Rawlins
Carlos Rivas
as Lost Bird
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Critic Reviews for The Unforgiven

All Critics (4)

This film ... comes draped in the hair shirt of revisionism, but in reality it's an unrepentant throwback to the "good old days" when the only good Indian was a dead Indian.

Full Review… | April 8, 2006
Goatdog's Movies

Considering how Huston and Lancaster have artistic disagreements over filming, it surprisingly still turned out relatively well.

Full Review… | January 17, 2005
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

Terrific Western with a strong message

July 30, 2004
Kalamazoo Gazette

Audience Reviews for The Unforgiven


140802: ***Plot Reveal*** This is one strange film that I'm going to have to do some research into. Like The Searchers but opposite. A Kiowa infant girl taken and raised by white ranchers, two in particular whom are willing to risk everything they own, to retain the now young woman in their family. Gish & Lancaster, each for a different reason, throw away life long friendships with their white neighbours, and face a barrage of Kiowa attacks, to keep Hepburn in their presence. Personally, I found Lancaster's motivation a bit awkward but it was interesting to see the story progress the way it did, a way that I don't think would be very PC today. Hepburn abandons her heritage, and does so violently, embracing her future as a not so white American settler. Some big actors, decent action and a unique accompanying soundtrack.

John Redshaw
John Redshaw

The exact opposite of Ford's The Searchers plotwise (wherein a widdle baby white girl gets kidnapped and brought up redskin), a widdle baby Native is kidnapped and brought up white. The moral of the tale: racism is bad if you hate the redskin girl raised in the busom of good ol'godfearin', Pilgrim ancestor family ways, but its good if it means whackin' off the rest o'th'filthy varmints. Leave your common sense by the door and its not as bad as it sounds.

Kevin M. Williams
Kevin M. Williams

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The only thing I liked about the movie was Audrey.

Leigh Ryan
Leigh Ryan

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