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Unforgiven

Unforgiven

Clint Eastwood (1992)

125min
15 Certificate
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Review

Our Score
Winner of four Oscars, including best picture and director, this is, quite simply, one of the finest films ever made in the genre. Exploring the harsh realities of frontier life, Clint Eastwood depicts the west as an unforgiving place where tragedy strikes every time somebody draws a gun. It's clear from the fevered manner in which Saul Rubinek's dime novelist character gathers his Wild West stories from the last eyewitnesses that an era is about to pass into legend. Screenwriter David Webb Peoples reinforces this shift in attitudes through the film's understated feminism and its assertion that what once passed for law and order often had little to do with justice. Eastwood's own world-weary performance as William Munny, a retired gunslinger forced to strap on the six-shooters one last time to feed his children, is exemplary, cleverly drawing on our familiarity with his "Man with No Name" persona to convey the magnitude of the disgust that he now feels at the prospect of killing. The support playing of Morgan Freeman as his former partner, Richard Harris as vain killer English Bob and Oscar-winning Gene Hackman as the vicious Sheriff Daggett is unsurpassable. It's easy to see why Eastwood dedicated the film to Sergio Leone and Don Siegel - this is both a testament and a riposte to his work with them. Gone is the efficient, detached bloodletting of Leone's Dollars trilogy and Siegel's Dirty Harry and in its place comes the greater emphasis on character and cause and effect that ranks Eastwood alongside his two mentors, at the same time redefining the genre. You won't forgive yourself if you miss it.

Summary

Two notorious gunslingers come out of retirement to help a young assassin collect the $1,000 bounty on the heads of a pair of cowboys who attacked and mutilated a prostitute in the backwoods town of Big Whiskey. The local sheriff, however, has no intention of letting the pair impinge on his own authority. Oscar-winning Western, directed by and starring Clint Eastwood, with Gene Hackman, Morgan Freeman, Jaimz Woolvett and Richard Harris.

Cast & Crew

William Munny Clint Eastwood
Sheriff "Little Bill" Daggett Gene Hackman
Ned Logan Morgan Freeman
English Bob Richard Harris
"Schofield Kid" Jaimz Woolvett
WW Beauchamp Saul Rubinek
Strawberry Alice Frances Fisher
Delilah Fitzgerald Anna Levine
Quick Mike David Mucci
Davey Bunting Rob Campbell
Skinny Dubois Anthony James
Little Sue Tara Dawn Frederick
Silky Beverley Elliott
Director Clint Eastwood
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Other Information

Language: English Colour Theatrical distributor: Warner Brothers Guidance: Violence, swearing Available on: Available on video, DVD and BluRay

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