The Unforgiven

The Unforgiven

John Huston (1960)

116min
PG Certificate
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Review

Our Score
Not to be mistaken for Clint Eastwood's masterly epic, this is a handsome Texas-set western from director John Huston, based on a novel by The Searchers author Alan LeMay. Huston is particularly well served by Burt Lancaster, and the unusually interesting support cast includes two Duel in the Sun veterans, Lillian Gish and Charles Bickford. There's also the excellent Audie Murphy making a rare appearance in a big-budget feature - Huston had previously cast him in the lead for The Red Badge of Courage. Only Audrey Hepburn is badly cast, lacking credibility as the native American brought up by Gish with her three sons on a remote ranch. Superbly photographed by Franz Planer and with a fine Dimitri Tiomkin score, this film deserves to be better known - the racial issues it deals with are no less comfortable now than they were when the movie was made.

Summary

A mysterious stranger stirs up trouble for a Texas ranching family by revealing that their adopted daughter was actually kidnapped from a Kiowa Native American tribe as a child. While the other farmers turn their backs on the family, and the Kiowa prepare to lay siege to their home, the three sons are forced to decide where they stand. Western, starring Burt Lancaster, Audie Murphy, Doug McClure and Audrey Hepburn.

Cast & Crew

Ben Zachary Burt Lancaster
Rachel Zachary Audrey Hepburn
Cash Zachary Audie Murphy
Mattilda Zachary Lillian Gish
Johnny Portugal John Saxon
Andy Zachary Doug McClure
Lost Bird Carlos Rivas
Jude Rawlins Arnold Merritt
Director John Huston
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourGuidance: Violence. Available on: video and DVD
Drama