The Unforgiven (1960)
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Critic Reviews for The Unforgiven
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.
Considering how Huston and Lancaster have artistic disagreements over filming, it surprisingly still turned out relatively well.
Terrific Western with a strong message
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.
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.
The only thing I liked about the movie was Audrey.
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