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October 18, 2016
Typically grim and vapid Eastwood western drama, with his own acting one of the lowlights.
September 16, 2016
Clint Eastwood knows westerns so if you like westerns then put yourself in his extremely capable hands. Sergio Leone and Don Siegal would be proud.
September 8, 2016
I love this film's deconstruction of a genre often thought too sacred to criticize.
August 27, 2016
This is ai 1992 Oscar winner for Clint Eastwood. It's a violent but interesting tale of the old west.
August 22, 2016
What a great film from 1992. Criminally insane that I have never seen it up until last night.
Everything about this Western is top notch. Be it casting, screenplay, locations and photography.
The film is directed by Clint Eastwood and to date is his last western. It has elements of his other western filmography. The man with no name is back but his character William Munny is an older, wiser ex-alcoholic, assassin, looking after two children after the death of his wife.
Other cast members include Morgan Freeman as old sidekick Ned and Gene Hackman as sheriff Little Bill.
How brutal is he?
It got me thinking about just how good an actor Hackman is and how old he must be now.
The lavish photography shows Alberta, Canada at its best doubling for the old West.
I have watched many Westerns mainly old films from the 1930s, 40s and 50s starring the likes of James Stewart and John Wayne.
This 1992 picture beats each one of them.
August 12, 2016
Clint Eastwood's final western, still to this day and what a glorious send off to the genre that made him it is. Retired killer William Munny is now leading a peaceful life, after being reformed by the love of his late wife, struggling to raise his two children and run his farm. When he's paid a visit by a young man calling himself "The Schofield Kid" asking for help in the killing of two cowboys who have cut up a prostitute for a cut of a $1000 bounty he reluctantly agress bringing along his old gunslinging partner Ned Logan (Morgan Freeman). Heading out to the town of Big Whisky the trio soon discover that the two cowboys aren't their only troubles as the corrupt Sheriff of Big Whisky, Little Bill Daggett (played by Gene Hackman) and his henchman look after their own.

What makes 'Unforgiven' a cut above the usual western is its dealing with the myths of the Old West, blurring the lines between the usually well divided heroes and villians. This is done largely through the character of W.W. Beauchamp, a writer accompanying and writing the autobiography of famous gunslinger English Bob who himself has come to Big Whisky for the bounty. In one pivotal scene Little Bill de-mystifies the legend of English Bob and in doing so, the wild west myth itself, to Beauchamp with his re-telling of a classic showdown in which English Bob supposedly killed another cowboy who carried two guns.

Winning four of a nominated nine Oscars aswell as receiving many more nominations and awards around the world 'Unforgiven' is the perfect western, many years after the genres heyday. Eastwood's direction is solid through-out and writer David Webb People's script tells a complex and delicate story with all the classic touches and nods to the genre aswell as commenting on the mythology behind an exaggerated and glamourised time in American history.
August 9, 2016
una historia sencilla, rápida y entretenida, a pesar de que no fuera tan rápida, los personajes y las actuaciones fueron buenas, no me gustó mucho el personaje de
July 29, 2016
After all it's praise, Unforgiven was a bit of a letdown. I enjoyed aspects of the film, but overall it was a slow burner with little payoff. It was extremely predictable. Clint Eastwood is as like-able as ever, but I cannot list this as a favorite of Mr. Eastwood's
July 19, 2016
A real western, a farewell one of the most important genres of film history, the film is amazing and in my opinion is a seal, "Unforgiven" has a spectacular, brilliant script, you care about each character, you know everything about them, their dramas, their anxieties, their desires and their dreams, everything is very deep and well portrayed, and look at the film only has two hours, the performances are magnificent, few things are more rewarding in the cinema to see Clint Eastwood making your paper unnamed man (although in this film he has gained a name), and Gene Hackman is also magnificent, editing the movie is great, especially in the final scene, the outrageously good sound mixing, the beautiful photography, trail sound is good, but lacked that painted Ennio Morricone, If you like movies, watch "the unforgivable" if you like the western genre, buy the DVD and watch every week.

[Spoiler] [/ spoiler]: I rarely comment on the film giving spolier, but the final scene can actually be quite jarring climate of the film, perhaps Willian (Clint) have to have died, but kill the unnamed man is like killing Superman, Rocky or Batman. The character is an icon, almost a superhero, kill him, it would be like to kill Clint himself, so the director (Clint Eastwood himself) opts for a redemption, not a death.

[Spoiler] [/ spoiler] Another point to be discussed is a movie western to where no one pulls the gun and kills 20 people with the eye closed, but a killer who can not kill another killer who never killed and has problems vision and one that has visions of death and can barely get on the horse, and Sheriff claims to love the law and hate killers, beating people who believes to be criminal, are real cowboys, humans, this point of unforgivable is incredible.

[Spoiler] [/ spoiler] And the personal drama of the character played by Clint Eastwood is a counterpoint to his character's past, who killed, robbed, only saw the money, he tries to redeem the past and almost 30 years later, the man nameless goodbye.
July 10, 2016
Excellent modern western. Great ensemble lead by great C. Eastwood. Cold performance by G. Hackman. All around great character driven movie.
July 2, 2016
A very nice story, but a bit slow on some parts. The overall content could be edited and trimmed down to 1 hr and 30 mins.
Super Reviewer
½ June 17, 2016
"It's a hell of a thing, killing a man." From Clint Eastwood comes the gritty Academy Award winning western Unforgiven. After a group of prostitutes put out a bounty on a pair of cowboys who cut-up one of them, an eager young gunslinger seeks out a notorious outlaw named William Munny to team up with in order to kill the cowboys and collect on the reward. In addition to directing, Eastwood leads the cast and gives and excellent performance. And, co-stars Gene Hackman and Morgan Freeman are incredibly good as well. The set designs and costumes are especially well-done, and give an authentic feel to the film. The violence also feels remarkably realistic, particularly the extraordinarily thrilling climatic shootout. A well-crafted and compelling revenge film, Unforgiven delivers a daring and provocative vision of the Old West.
½ May 29, 2016
One of the best westerns films of all time, showing the reality of western gunfights. Eastwood reveals the fallacy of the idea that western gunfights were romantic, as well as speak of his own film career on a metaphorical level.
½ May 29, 2016
I'm not a big fan of the Western genre, but I thought Clint Eastwood did a phenomenal job with this modern take on the genre. Eastwood, Hackman, and Freeman give fantastic performances. Richard Harris gave an entertaining performance in his role as English Bob. Was slightly disappointed with the ending.
May 26, 2016
A well constructed western, but the slow story didn't make if very gripping. I'm still unsure what William Munny's motivation was.
May 17, 2016
what a great movie, Clint reminds me of my dad
May 15, 2016
"Unforgiven" finds Clint Eastwood delivering a beautifully shot, powerfully acted and thematically rich drama that qualifies as one of the genres very best.
May 8, 2016
I'm not quite sure why I keep seeking out Clint Eastwood directed films. I really liked both of his films on Iwo Jima and thought American Sniper was above average, but Unforgiven is another in a long list of movies that just didn't work for me. There is one really good scene here with Gene Hackman, but I couldn't find much else here that I got anything out of. Big disappointment.
½ May 5, 2016
Probably the best characterization of Clint Eastwood as a stone cold old killer. He is the best director after this movie for sure when it comes to capturing guilt. Brillant performance by Morgan Freeman, just overshadowed by the final show down in the old West way.
April 27, 2016
The thing about Westerns, it's hard to sift through all the bad ones. This might be the best one. I do not recall what compelled me to watch this, but I'm glad I did, because it's amazing.

Not only is it beautifully shot and masterfully acted, it explores the questions:

Can a person will-away their wicked nature?

How does a person bring good to the world for being what they cannot help but be?

Is there justice or redemption in BEING unjust TO the unjust? Is there justice at all in a Godless world?

If you can't appreciate this film, consider yourself Un
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