Unforgiven

  • 15
  • Clint Eastwood (1992)
  • US
  • 125 min
Film Review
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5 out of 5

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.

Plot Summary

Oscar-winning western directed by and starring Clint Eastwood, and also starring Gene Hackman, Morgan Freeman and Richard Harris. Following the death of his wife from smallpox and the failure of his farm, former gunfighter William Munny is tempted back to his old ways by the bounty offered for killing the cowboys who badly scarred a prostitute.

Cast and crew

Cast

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

Crew

Director
Clint Eastwood

Other Information

Language: 
English
Colour
Theatrical distributor: 
Warner Brothers
Guidance: 
Violence, edited for language.
Available on video, DVD and BluRay
Certificate 15
Categories
Drama

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