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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United Artists


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)

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October 29, 2006
Hollywood Reporter
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Full Review… | June 23, 2006
Time Out
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Full Review… | May 8, 2005
New York Times
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Full Review… | January 10, 2004
Chicago Reader
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Director John Huston and cameraman Franz Planer have teamed to provide an intelligent use of the medium for eye-pleasing effects...

Full Review… | February 13, 2001
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Full Review… | October 17, 2008
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Audience Reviews for The Unforgiven


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

Super Reviewer

The Unforgiven is a terribly underrated western and also one of the most underrated films, period. Apparently this film went through many production problems and was also forced to sanitize its messages about racism to be more mainstream. Both director John Huston and actress Audrey Hepburn seemed to disown this film for various reasons, but I think The Unforgiven is a film that deserves another look because it gets far too much flack. Despite being a bit sanitized in its messages against racism, the film is still a very compelling western, a wonderful family drama, and it still effectively tackles the issue of racism, in my opinion. I think The Unforgiven is a superb film and it's a must-see if you like finding gems to watch because there is a great deal of depth and emotion to this film. I hope one day this film will finally get the recognition it deserves, but I guess I'll have to keep waiting until then. Give it a chance, you might be surprised by what you see.

Keenan Sullivan
Keenan Sullivan

The only thing I liked about the movie was Audrey.

Leigh Ryan
Leigh Ryan

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