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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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 Little Sue
as The Schofield Kid
as Crow Creek Kate
as Will Munny
as Penny Munny
as Fatty Rossiter
as German Joe Schultz
as Johnny Foley
as Lippy MacGregor
as Deputy Andy Russell
as Clyde Ledbetter
as Charley Hecker
as Texas Slim
as Train Person #3
as The Shadow
as Muddy Chandler
as Curious Townsperson (uncredited)
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Critic Reviews for Unforgiven
"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.
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.
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.
Eastwood deliberately upends the conventions of the western, subverting his own image in the process.
The Western is back. With a vengeance. Saddle up or get out of the way.
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.
Audience Reviews for Unforgiven
Eastwood deconstructs the Western myths with this dark, realistic film devoid of any of that romanticism of the Wild West - a glorious farewell for the genre with a melancholic score, an epic cinematography and a lot of tension that builds towards a brutal, fantastic ending.
A very good Western. Eastwood is grand.
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.
|The Schofield Kid:||Yea...well I guess they had it comin'.|
|William Munny:||We all have it comin' kid.|
|Bill Munny:||Anybody don't want to get killed, better head on out the back.|
|Sheriff "Little Bill" Daggett:||I'll see you in hell Bill Munny|
|Sheriff "Little Bill" Daggett:||I'll see you in hell Bill Munny.|
|Will Munny:||I've killed women and children. I've killed everything that walks or crawls at one time or another. And I'm here to kill you, Little Bill, for what you done to Ned.|