All the films from all the editions, including those subsequently removed, presently totalling 1177. An easy way of seeing how…
Some legends will never be forgotten. Some wrongs can never be forgiven.
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…
Perhaps the best argument for Clint Eastwood as a savvier, craftier and more complicated filmmaker than the one many consider him to be. It’s a commentary on movie violence, yes, and a meta riff on much of Eastwood’s own career, but what ultimately elevates the 1992 Best Picture winner is the way it avoids being a diatribe about any of those things and instead ends as a festering challenge.
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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…
As a movie about America, rivals THE GODFATHER as maybe the best ever. Also like the Godfather, it's just damn fun to watch.
America is far too complex a place for any one story to explain it; but the one UNFORGIVEN tells is a revealing one. William Munny - our hero - is a reformed killer. A killer of women and children whose memory is peopled by the ghosts of his undeserving victims. When we meet up with him, he's a widower and a failing pig farmer with two kids to care for. When he's persuaded to dust off his gun, he tells himself it's because the folks he'll hunt down "have it coming" - an act of honorable revenge…
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.
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…
I wasn't sure if he still had it in him, but Clint Eastwood's last western is my favorite of the genre. The performances are great, including established actors Clint Eastwood, Morgan Freeman, and Gene Hackman, bring their all. and the story is very interesting. This is not your standard "shoot em up" typical western, this film gets into the psychology of what it's like to actually kill a man. The violence is justified, and we see its effects on not just the victims but those who commit the acts. It's really quite interesting, I've never seen a western take the time to dive that deep thematically. The characters are all quite memorable and the cinematography is great. There isn't muh…
Great slow burn. Awesome pay off. Some moments really do drag and feel unnecessary though. The cast did a great job.
I liked it better this time around but I'm still not over the moon about it. I'm not big on westerns in general or Clint Eastwood so it's not exactly surprising.
It displays a great exploration of violence which is intelligent and captivating for both modern audiences and contextually through the tropes of violence in traditional Westerns and its transformation in this film.
Thematically it is heavy. As said above, the exploration of violence is enviable from most modern films with similar subject matter--some even by Eastwood himself. The most engaging theme, at least for me, is the theme of mortality and its tie to redemption made clear in its opening and closing shots of the film with those beautiful…
(Original review outdated, re-evaluation required at later date)
Clint Eastwood deconstructs the role that made him famous in the first place. This is where the "man with no name" would be 30 years after The Good, The Bad And The Ugly; remorseful for his violent lifestyle, yet not able to move away from it
This review reportedly contains spoilers. I can handle the truth.
Unforgiven personifies the end of the Old West, and specifically in Eastwood's Will Munny as well as himself, a relic of Leone's Spaghetti trilogy. That Eastwood went under several aliases but was always calm, collected, deadly with the draw and ruggedly handsome. Here he is ragged and elderly; he tends to pigs, not to bounties, misfires from a few paces on a still tin can, and can barely mount his horse without a decent struggle. That vehicle in itself is becoming obsolete - the crowded and lively steam engine train a sign of the old world being mechanised. I am reminded of the opening of Red Dead Redemption, and that climatic monologue.
So, in a changing age where digital effects…
Unforgiven is unquestionably Clint Eastwood's greatest achievement as a director of motion pictures and one of his finest performances.
Gripping movie hard at work deconstructing well-worn western tropes of an older era. Really plays around with what it means to be a hero and/or villain. Gene Hackman is unhinged and wonderful. The ending is unflinching and perfect.
Every film that has ever been nominated for an Academy Award in any category. Enjoy!