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…
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…
My dad isn't much of a movie buff; when I was a kid, he took me to a lot of the movies I wanted to see but ended up sleeping through most of them. The movies he'd actually express enthusiasm about, either making the trip to the theater or insisting I needed to see them, were a mix of predictable dad movies (The Perfect Storm, Seabiscuit) and out-of-left-field stuff (The King of Comedy, Scarecrow) that hinted at a more adventurous moviegoing youth.
Unforgiven was one that he was enthusiastic about. Not enough to go to the movies - other than taking me to see stuff I wanted to see, he's gone less than five times in twenty years. But he…
What an absolutely hideous oversight on my part not to have seen Eastwood's marvellous Unforgiven up until now, despite the many opportunities. I was a little skeptical about it, considering how underwhelmed I was by Gran Torino, but as it so often happens I was horribly wrong. Gone are the tremendously cool protagonists, the very much black and white characterization of heroes and villains and anything resembling a code of honor or conduct. Eastwood paints a picture of the wild west that is far from pretty and at times gruelling in its savage-like depiction of relentless violence. In an interview he stated that he wanted to make a piece to deconstruct many myths about the wild west and a demonstration…
Can you believe this is my first ever Clint Eastwood film? I know, I know, I should be ashamed. I finally decided to tuck those balls out of my cheeks and press play instead. I can now officially say I have seen an Eastwood film. 1. But still. I feel good.
Unforgiven is a true work of art. Clint Eastwood is the man with the giant gun, (not in the film for some reason, but seriously, look at that fuckin' poster it's huge), William Munny a renowned but repented thief, as the TOTALLY useless opening titles tell us. Throughout the film, we meet characters of all types, portrayed by veteran actors and new actors. The similarity is, however, is that…
I'd only seen bits and pieces of this film over the years on TV so I figured it was time to sit down and watch it all the way through. I'm glad I did because it's an excellent film featuring strong performances by Clint Eastwood, Gene Hackman, and Morgan Freeman. I'm not a huge western fan, but I must say this is one of the best I've seen and I highly recommend it.
Clint Eastwood's final Western is good if not quite the all-conquering epic it's often claimed - it's not really any better than the superb Pale Rider, for instance. However, it is still very good, with a top cast on top form and a blunt revisionist feel to it. The only weak link is the English Bob subplot, which - despite a fine performance from Richard Harris - doesn't really connect with the main plot.
I had never been a big fan of Westerns when I first saw this in the theater in 1992. But I sure as hell was afterwards. It wasn't until much later, after watching many more, that I realized that William Munny was The Outlaw Josey Wales, he was the Man with No Name, he was the Pale Rider. He was the man all of those characters would eventually become. Living a lie and ignoring the awful truth of his previous offenses. Trying to be good but ultimately unable to deny his violent nature. He's a killer born and bred, a product of his time who deserves what he gets. But then again, deserves got nothing to do with it.
I tend to skew more towards Costner when it comes to modern westerns but there is no denying that Unforgiven is not only one of the best recent (as in post 1990) westerns but one of the best westerns of all time. If you like the genre you'll like this.
Overlong. Strong pace in many places. Gene Hackman is incredible.
I've been meaning to watch this for years, I really love westerns with a grim or complicated point of view that aren't all about glorifying the yee haw good ol' boy cowboy mentality. It wasn't quite what I was expecting, but it was still a fine film. Probably the thing that most surprised me was how Eastwood spent most of the film playing against his iconic badass image, instead being a washed up, almost comedically out of practice old man. Some of those scenes almost got a little too close to outright goofy for comfort, but it managed to just stay behind that line. What really works here, though, is the moral ambiguity of just about every character and the…
I thought Unforgiven was borderline boring. The plot seems spread too thin over 2 hours and Eastwood and Hackman are overpraised. And Richard Harris, who might be the best thing here, was almost pointless to the film. I don't get the film and its praise.
A welcome remake, though different from Eastwood's masterpiece it still finds its own emotional identity.
Still among the greatest of Oscar Best Picture winners.
- 12 Angry Men
- 2001: A Space Odyssey
- 25th Hour
- 3 Women
- A Trip to the Moon
- The Great Train Robbery
- The Birth of a Nation
- Les Vampires
All the films from all the editions, including those subsequently removed, presently totalling 1154. An easy way of seeing how…
- The Godfather
- Seven Samurai
- The Godfather: Part II
- 12 Angry Men
- Pulp Fiction
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