Every film from Roger Ebert's "Great Movies" essays.
William Munny is a retired, once-ruthless killer turned gentle widower and hog farmer. To help support his two motherless children, he accepts one last bounty-hunter mission to find the men who brutalized a prostitute. Joined by his former partner and a cocky greenhorn, he takes on a corrupt sheriff.
"I ain't like that no more. I ain't the same, Ned. Claudia, she straightened me up, cleared me of drinkin' whiskey and all." - William Munny to Ned
As a punishment for not having seen "Unforgiven" until today, I deserve to be on the receiving end of Little Bill's whip. My body should be displayed outside saying "THIS IS WHAT HAPPENS TO PEOPLE WHO HAVEN'T SEEN THIS MOVIE!"
"Unforgiven", to keep it nice and short is an absolute masterpiece.The performances are absolutely fantastic and the star power in the film is almost unparalleled. Clint Eastwood, Morgan Freeman, Gene Hackmann and Richard Harris are absolutely amazing in their roles. Eastwood in particular, captures the essence…
Defying the entire mythology of the Old Wild West, Unforgiven is unlike any western before or after it for this tale completely strips bare the very culture & legacy that has built itself around the west and, in simple words, marks the end of a bygone era in cinema. And who better than Clint Eastwood to hammer down the final nail on this spent genre's coffin.
Unforgiven tells the story of William Munny; a once merciless assassin in the glorifying days of the Wild West who now has retired to a peaceful life with his children. But when a young bloke shows up with an offer to join him for a bounty of $1000, Munny ties up his laces for one…
It's a hell of a thing, killin' a man. Take away all he's got... and all he's ever gonna have.
The comments in my log for the 2013 Unforgiven quickly turned to this film instead and I commented on how I'd love to see Clint Eastwood star and/or direct one more Western before he calls it quits. After yet another rewatch I'll admit that I might be wrong. The odds of coming close to the greatness of this film again are slim and damn if it isn't one hell of a sendoff to a genre that will undoubtedly never find the peak of popularity it once had ever again.
This review reportedly contains spoilers. I can handle the truth.
Part of Clintfest '13
"Well, I guess they had it comin'."
"We all have it comin'."
Unforgiven is Clint Eastwood's masterpiece: a towering dismantling of Western mythos, extraordinary in every way. It's the best and most important oater since John Ford's supposed "last word" on the genre - The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance - and arguably the most morally and thematically interesting since The Searchers, the Ford film that cast John Wayne as a violent racist hell-bent on revenge, and for once held him to account. It's a film so complex, in fact, that I still don't know how to read its ending, pitched somewhere between Dirty Harry and Gran Torino, with that lingering shot of a…
Watch this is like to have see the shadow of The Man Without A Name, who later in the years get married and have two little childrens, and felt guilt from the drunken and hand full of blood along the years of killings. Even that William Mutty is some different man than The man will be. Unforgiven embrace you the solid acting of Clint Eastwood as this men who only have killed peoples in the past for money, and feeling of being guilt drive you into some moral and questionable of human being worst traits against ourselves. Which makes this movie very wonderful to watch is the cast and the script who delivers you to this insight on mankind of…
Some very good character moments and a generally interesting dismantling of the idea of "reputation" in the old west serve this movie well.
This film makes murder appear much less glamorous than films usually do, making it highly appropriate for showing to unscrupulous types or wayward teens.
"It's a hell of a thing, killin' a man. Take away all he's got, and all he's ever gonna have."
I understand this film historically as a revisionist western and what it aims for with its story - a place where goodness runs only as deep as your pockets and the actions of your past are permanent stains - but I don't understand the enduring love and acclaim that the film has garnered.
I did, however, love Richard Harris as the highfalutin gunslinger, "English Bob".
BTW: Enjoying the german version (especially the german voice of Clint and Gene) much more than the original...
"It's a hell of a thing, killing a man. Take away all he's got, and all he's ever gonna have."
The mythology of the gunslinger is deeply rooted in the American subconscious. It's the image of the rough, tough justice-giver, one who is the virtual prototype for masculinity and an archetype that has been an ambassador for American culture the world over. Everybody knows the "cowboy." The Western genre of cinema has done its part to solidify this character into the fabric of American culture.
We're told in school that the West used to be a lawless place. Whenever some new technology or way of doing things is introduced nowadays, how do people refer to the make-it-up-as-you-go-along process of rule-making…
No need to say about client eastwood works..
Classic western.. I watched it more than 4 times...
I m a deadly fan of client eastwood.....
Simply put one of the greatest westerns ever made and in my opinion a realistic portrayal of the old west. The story of an old gunslinger searching for security for his children and maybe even a tiny spark of redemption.
Around the late 1970s-1980s the Western genre began to die. The genre that spawned classics such as “The Searchers” and “The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly” has been dying off. By the time of the early 1990s however there were two Westerns that brought attention and mass critical acclaim back to the genre. Those films were Kevin Costner’s “Dances with Wolves” and this film; “Unforgiven.”
Unforgiven stars and is directed by Clint Eastwood, who starred in many Westerns before and wanted to do one last one not only for him but also to tribute directors Sergio Leone (who directed the before mentioned “The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly” which starred Eastwood) and Don Siegel (who didn’t direct many…
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