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
Disc 1: Unforgiven - Special Features:
Feature-length audio commentary by film critic and Easwood biographer Richard Schickel
Easwood film highlights
Disc 2: Bonus Materials:
4 marvelous documentaries: 2002's All on Accounta Pullin' a Trigger, 1992's Easwood & Co.: Making Unforgiven, 1992's Eastwood...A Star and Schickel's penetrating 1997 career profile Eastwood on Eastwood
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
'Unforgiven' might be the penultimate western movie in the flawed-cowboy-outlaw-turns-somewhat-a-good guy genre. Superbly written, superbly directed, superbly photographed, superbly acted, aces in all areas. You won't find a finer story or more complex characters than you'll see here.