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Unforgiven (1992)

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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 William Munny (Eastwood) is sought out by neophyte gunslinger the Schofield Kid (Jaimz Woolvett) to go with him to Big Whiskey and collect the bounty. While Munny insists, "I ain't like that no more," he needs the bounty money for his children, and the two men convince Munny's clean-living comrade Ned Logan (Morgan Freeman) to join them in righting a wrong done to a woman. Little Bill (Oscar-winner Gene Hackman), however, has no intention of letting any bounty hunters impinge on his iron-clad authority. When pompous gunman English Bob (Richard Harris) arrives in Big Whiskey with pulp biographer W.W. Beauchamp (Saul Rubinek) in tow, Little Bill beats Bob senseless and promises to tell Beauchamp the real story about violent frontier life and justice. But when Munny, the true unwritten legend, comes to town, everyone soon learns a harsh lesson about the price of vindictive bloodshed and the malleability of ideas like "justice." "I don't deserve this," pleads Little Bill. "Deserve's got nothin' to do with it," growls Munny, simultaneously summing up the insanity of western violence and the legacy of Eastwood's Man With No Name. ~ Lucia Bozzola, Rovi
Rating:
R (for language, and violence, and for a scene of sexuality)
Genre:
Drama , Western
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Warner Bros. Pictures

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Cast

Clint Eastwood
as William Munny
Gene Hackman
as Little Bill Daggett
Morgan Freeman
as Ned Logan
Richard Harris
as English Bob
Saul Rubinek
as W W. Beauchamp
Frances Fisher
as Strawberry Alice
Anna Levine
as Delilah Fitzgerald
David Mucci
as Quick Mike
Rob Campbell
as Davey Bunting
Anthony James
as Skinny Dubois
Tara Dawn Frederick
as Little Sue
Jaimz Woolvett
as The Schofield Kid
Josie Smith
as Crow Creek Kate
Shane Meier
as Will Munny
Aline Levasseur
as Penny Munny
Jefferson Mappin
as Fatty Rossiter
Henry Kope
as German Joe Schultz
Robert Koons
as Crocker
Ben Cardinal
as Johnny Foley
Philip Maurice Hayes
as Lippy MacGregor
Jeremy Ratchford
as Deputy Andy Russell
Ron White
as Clyde Ledbetter
John Pyper-Ferguson
as Charley Hecker
Lochlyn Munro
as Texas Slim
Michael Maurer
as Train Person #3
George Orrison
as The Shadow
Mina E. Mina
as Muddy Chandler
Greg Goossen
as Fighter
Chad Dowdell
as Curious Townsperson (uncredited)
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Critic Reviews for Unforgiven

All Critics (85) | 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.

February 20, 2013
New Yorker
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Audience Reviews for Unforgiven

½

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.

Carlos Magalhães
Carlos Magalhães

Super Reviewer

A very good Western. Eastwood is grand.

Wildaly M
Wildaly M

Super Reviewer

½

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
Chris Weber

Super Reviewer

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