Critics 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.



Total Count: 98
User image

Unforgiven Photos

Movie Info

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

Watch it now


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
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
John Pyper-Ferguson
as Charley Hecker
Ron White
as Clyde Ledbetter
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)
View All

News & Interviews for Unforgiven

Critic Reviews for Unforgiven

All Critics (98) | Top Critics (25)

Unforgiven Quotes

News & Features