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…
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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…
Unforgiven is probably has the best acting of all films in the "Western" genre.
When retired gunslinger Bill Munny [Eastwood] accepts his last bounty to ride to a town with a younger man, and picking up his old partner [Freeman] on the way. They end up taking on a whole town including it's Sheriff [Gene Hackman]
This is on classic that should not be missed by anyone.
A film all about how legends are made, whether it's the lies men tell themselves, the misreporting of facts, the misremembering of details over time or y'know, ACTUAL STRAIGHTUP BADASSERY.
At times this film can feel overly sedate, especially for those familiar with Eastwood's earlier roles (and gosh I feel like he must have been as champing at the bit as I was the whole way through), but it's a story well-told and well-acted.
Come on, you'd expect nothing less from a cast including Clint Eastwood, Morgan Freeman and Gene Hackman, the latter of whom is a real love-to-hate-him bad guy, whose bastarddom is compounded by the fact that as sheriff he's supposed to uphold law and order.
By contrast, the men who actually set the events of the film in motion by wronging some prostitutes are small fry and their screentime is allotted accordingly.
A slow-burner, but definitely worth a watch.
a down and dirty hero's journey. love the deconstruction of the Old West as much as i love the movies that it inspired. also the two scenes with Eastwood and Hackman are gold.
Will Munny: "It's a hell of a thing, killing a man. Take away all he's got and all he's ever gonna have."
The Schofield Kid: "Yeah, well, I guess they had it coming. "
Will Munny: "We all got it coming, kid."
If you ask me, when it comes to actors, Clint Eastwood is the king of the Western genre. From what I've seen, Unforgiven is Eastwood's best directorial effort and it isn't likely to ever be topped. Unforgiven tells the story of a retired gunslinger who is hired for one last job. We've all heard that story before, but its the talented cast along with the stories execution which sets Unforgiven apart from similar films.
Eastwood plays the main…
Very fine action by all, especially Clint Eastwood and Gene Hackman. I personally feel Clint Eastwood is only a good actor in rough, gruff cowboy style characters, such as the one he played in this film not the least to mention Morgan Freeman has done his job prefectly
resurrection of WESTERN
'It's a hell of a thing, killing a man. Take away all he's got, and all he's ever gonna have.'
Clint Eastwood has had something of a monopoly on the westerns of the second half of the 20th century. Like John Wayne before him it is impossible to think of the genre without his grizzled face leaping to memory, perhaps with some Sergio Leone affectations and a striking Morricone score. However, in Unforgiven, he strips back his own mythology, actively decrying the romanticism of the Wild West and gives the undeniably hit-and-miss genre the swansong it deserves.
Like Eastwood himself, William Munny is a frosty, frowning hero called back to do what he does best. Yet it is clear that…
Eastwood's completely lackluster direction kills all tension and intrigue stone dead. Surprisingly bland.
An incredible western with awesome performances that just gets better every time I watch it and if you haven't seen Unforgiven then you are missing out big time.
Unforgiven is a very well done film, to say the least. It is certainly deserving of the recognition it gets, and got. I'm glad that this movie won Best Picture. Clint Eastwood is obviously well known for his portrayal of cowboys back when Westerns owned the air waves. I love how he came back in the early 90's to show them he hadn't lost his touch with a Schofield or Henry Repeater. He was perfect, and played the role exactly as I would expect. But his character went through a change that I was not expecting.
The movie progresses along at a slow pace, and calmly inches its way toward the thrilling conclusion. Throughout the film we hear repeatedly how…
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