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 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-dollar 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 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 the Man With No Name.~Lucia Bozzola
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Commentary by Eastwood biographer Richard Schickel
I want to start by saying Intrulybenjoy a good western film. Mr. Eastwooodbdoes an excellent job of portraying an old gunslinger who settled down to raise his family as a farmer only to be dragged back into the game by circumstances beyond his control. A lovable bad guy turned good back to bad. Marvelous screenplay. The build up to the action is Inevitable. Characters are believable and you finish the movie glad to have seen it.
Starting as he wrestles a pig on his farm( how desperate life has become). The director pulls the audience into the file. It is his' image of the west in the later -1800s. All of our characters change. Fed up with "old way", one man leaves only to be dragged back into the plot. The young bragging cowboy is discussed with the taste of killing. Will finds himself at the bottom of a bottle. It is the "only way he knows how" to finish the job.
This film returns Clint Eastwood to his Western days. This film must be taken as a thriller, in the way that is slow and finally culminates in an epic finale. If you enjoy westerns, thrillers, and another perspective at the usual western genre, then this is a must-watch
I would recommend this to a friend
Rating 5 out of 5 stars with 1 review
A great western
Great picture excellent sound better than I've heard in my entire life especially when I saw it in the theater with my dad
SURE he isn't.
Word of warning- it's a hell of a thing buying this Blu-Ray... it'll take away all the spare time you got, and all you're ever gonna have.
Well, maybe not ALL your spare time- but you will want to view this cinematic triumph again and again, just to glory in the fantastic remastering. They truly did this deconstruction of the western classic justice.
OK I didn’t know that didn’t get to have 100 year party cause that should be a big bash don’t have any friends left anymore so people that you do you know your friends from the hospital you’re probably the oldest one
The film won four Academy Awards: Best Picture and Best Director for Clint Eastwood, Best Supporting Actor for Gene Hackman, and Best Film Editing for editor Joel Cox. Eastwood was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Actor for his performance, but he lost to Al Pacino for Scent of a Woman. The film was the third Western to win the Oscar for Best Picture, following Cimarron (1931) and Dances with Wolves (1990).
Eastwood dedicated the film to directors and mentors Sergio Leone and Don Siegel. In 2004, Unforgiven was added to the United States National Film Registry of the Library of Congress as being deemed "culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant".