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…
Big Whisky is full of people trying to lead quiet lives. Cowboys try to make a living. Sheriff 'Little Bill' tries to build a house and keep order.
When a couple of cowboys cut up a prostitute and disfigure her, the other prostitutes put a bounty on the cowboys. The bounty attracts The Schofield Kid, and he convinces ageing killer William Munny to join him.
Munny reformed for his wife, and has been raising his two children in peace, since his wife passed on.
But farm life is hard. And Munny is no good at it. So he calls his old partner Ned, and rides off to kill again, but who is villain, and who is heroic.........
Redemption is the…
That movie has:
-Fine actors (Eastwood, Freeman, Hackman)
-An interesting and suspenseful plot.
-Great action scenes.
-Also a touch of sentimentality.
The only thing I dislike about 'Unforgiven' is that is feels to modern for an western movie.
Okay, it was made only 22 years ago but I personally like the landscapes of 'The Good, the Bad and the Ugly' or especially 'Once Upon a Time in The West' more.
It also lacks Ennio Morricone haunting score of the good-old Sergio Leone westerns. Sadly he passed away 3 years before shooting this movie.
All in all: Well done, Clint!
As opposed to most westerns this one has no "good or bad guys" they're all shades of gray. A very real portrait of a time in America. When was the last time you saw a western where a young character had bad vision? And the cast! Gene Hackman is fantastic (as always). Clint is spot on. With this cast and story you are transformed to a spot in history where you had to "get tough or die". Or maybe run off like Richard Harris did. That's what I would have done. :). Put this on your must watch list. But don't expect a happy ending. Like in real life, there really is no such thing......
***Watched as part of the Western Film Challenge***
Still unequivocally glorious 24-years on from its original release, which garnered so much critical acclaim and winner of four Academy Awards. Unforgiven is a western drama for the ages that only seems to seep into the soul with each subsequent watch. A film that is as beautiful as it is ugly; filled with great visuals that emphasise the fact.
Eastwood stars and directs in what might just be the best film he has ever made.
What might seem on the outset like a standard western story develops into a beautiful little narrative which plays on the age of the central performers in an interesting way. The film develops a strong relationship and engagement with the characters and their journey and outcome is great to watch.
Still stands strong. A bit chatty at times and self conscious. Yes. Self indulgent too. I don't think it's Eastwood's best western but definitely his manifesto. It's by far the most theoretical of all. Almost like a taiwanese western. Slow. Beautiful. Tense. And meaningful. About justice, violence, law, morale, friendship, women, America, movies, whatever you want you name it... And as much as it's a Republican western, I kind of agree with most what he shows of human nature. I said most. And that's my dark side. I know. But anyways. Great western.
Hackman's unbelievably handsome. And I mean that: I really can't believe how handsome he is. I love him so much. The others too. Maybe he could have…
This is a weighty one, so I had to see it twice. This time around, I decided the key scene is when Munny is sick and sees visions of the angel of death.
Ned, I'm scared--I'm dying. You won't--no, don't nobody...don't tell my kids none of the things I done.
Whereas you would think Eastwood would be worried about people finding out he was scared at the end, it's his children finding out about his past that he thinks of. And while in his delirium he sees ghostly specters, this past haunts through the whole film.
When we first meet him, he seems to have reformed as a pig farmer and father. Yet it's clear he's still an outlaw at…
It took me a while to decide how much I liked this movie. There are a lot of films about revenge. *Unforgiven* rises above the them because it refuses to either celebrate the idea, or indict it. As Money says at the end, "deserve's got nothing to do with it." Gene Hackman should be in more things.
It is a very rare thing, leaving the genre you've helped define. Even rarer is doing it well. Unforgiven is a great farewell to, and retrospective look, at Clint Eastwood's career in the Western genre, as well as what defines it as a whole.
You're introduced to a man who has long since retired from his gunslinging ways, all he wants to do now is retire to his hog farm and raise his kids while living up to the standards of life his late wife showed him. Throughout the movie, you see William Munny, Clint Eastwood's character, say over and over again how his wife cured him of his villainous days, filled with killing and drinking, and that he's done…
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