Unforgiven

Unforgiven

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Cast: Clint Eastwood, Gene Hackman, Morgan Freeman, Richard Harris

     
 

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Dedicated to his mentors Sergio Leone and Don Siegel, Clint Eastwood's 1992 Oscar-winner The Unforgiven 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 upSee more details below

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Dedicated to his mentors Sergio Leone and Don Siegel, Clint Eastwood's 1992 Oscar-winner The Unforgiven 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's 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 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 violent 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 Man With No Name.

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All Movie Guide - Lucia Bozzola
Appearing two years after Kevin Costner's Oscar-winning megahit Dances With Wolves, Unforgiven helped spur a mini-revival of the moribund genre in the 1990s that included Posse (1993), Tombstone (1993), and Sharon Stone's "Man With No Name" turn in The Quick and the Dead (1995). Written by David Webb Peoples in 1976, the script was bought by Clint Eastwood in the early '80s, though he waited until he was old enough to play psychotic antihero William Munny as a grizzled veteran of a bloody past, rather than someone closer to the younger Eastwood of Sergio Leone's "Dollars" trilogy and Don Siegel's Dirty Harry (1971). Upon its release in August 1992, seven years after Eastwood's previous western Pale Rider, Unforgiven was praised as an uncompromising revisionist masterpiece, showcasing Eastwood's visual command of western landscapes and locations and his perceptive yet critical view of the genre's mythology and his own place in its "machinery of violence." After deliberately pacing the reemergence of Munny's pathology, Eastwood shrouds the climactic shoot-out in cinematographer Jack N. Green's dark shadows and heavy rainfall reminiscent of film noir, rendering Munny's return to Eastwood's lethal star form unsettling in its victory. Unforgiven became an unexpected serious hit in a season of popcorn movies, eventually grossing over $100 million and reviving Eastwood's star standing after a series of late '80s flops. After winning several critics' prizes, it became one of only a handful of westerns to win the Best Picture Oscar; Eastwood's status behind the camera was finally acknowledged with a Best Director statuette.

Product Details

Release Date:
02/21/2012
UPC:
0883929214655
Original Release:
1992
Source:
Warner Home Video
Time:
1:53:00

Special Features

Commentary by Eastwood biographer Richard Schickel; 4 documentaries: ; All on Accounta Pullin'a Trigger; Eastwood & Co.: Making Unforgiven ; Eastwood... A Star; Eastwood on Eastwood; Classic Maverick episode Duel at Sundown; Theatrical trailer

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Clint Eastwood Bill Munny
Gene Hackman Sheriff "Little Bill" Daggett
Morgan Freeman Ned Logan
Richard Harris English Bob
Jaimz Woolvett The "Schofield Kid"
Saul Rubinek W.W. Beauchamp
Frances Fisher Strawberry Alice
David Mucci Quick Mike
Rob Campbell Davey Bunting
Anthony James Skinny Dubois
Stuart Aikins Actor
Phyllis Huffman Actor
Liisa Repo-Martell Faith
Anna Levine Delilah Fitzgerald
Tara Dawn Frederick Little Sue
Beverley Elliott Silky
Josie Smith Crow Creek Kate
Shane Meier Will Munny
Aline Levasseur Penny Munny
Robert Koons Crocker
Ron White Clyde Ledbetter
Henry Kope German Joe Schultz
Jeremy Ratchford Deputy Andy Russell
John Pyper-Ferguson Charley Hecker
Jefferson Mappin Fatty Rossiter
Walter Marsh Barber
Frank C. Turner Fuzzy
Lochlyn Munro Texas Slim
Ben Cardinal Johnny Foley
Michael Maurer Train Person #3
Larry Joshua Bucky
George Orrison The Shadow
Mina E. Mina Muddy Chandler
Philip Hayes Lippy MacGregor
Greg Goossen Fighter
Chad Dowdell Curious Townsperson (uncredited)

Technical Credits
Clint Eastwood Director,Producer
Richard Alexander Sound/Sound Designer
Janice Blackie-Goodine Set Decoration/Design
Henry Bumstead Production Designer
Joel Cox Editor
Stan Edmonds Makeup
John Frazier Special Effects
Les Fresholtz Sound/Sound Designer
Adrian H. Gorton Art Director
Bob Gray Production Manager
Jack N. Green Cinematographer
Phyllis Huffman Casting
Julian Ludwig Associate Producer
James Murakami Set Decoration/Design
Lennie Niehaus Score Composer
David Peoples Executive Producer,Screenwriter
Verne Poore Sound/Sound Designer
Richard Roberts Art Director
David Valdes Executive Producer,Production Designer
Rob Young Musical Direction/Supervision,Sound/Sound Designer

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