Cattle baron Matt Devereaux raids a copper smelter that is polluting his water, then divides his property among his sons. Son Joe takes responsibility for the raid and gets three years in ... See full summary »
Odd Western about racial intolerance focuses around Kiowa claim that the Zachary daughter is one of their own, stolen in a raid. The dispute results in other whites' turning their backs on the Zacharys when the truth is revealed by Mother. Murphy plays Cash, the hotheaded brother who reacts violently to learning his "sister" is a "red-hide Indian." He leaves the family but returns to help them fight off an Indian raid during which Hepburn kills her Kiowa brother, thus choosing sides once and for all. Written by
During the filming Audie Murphy and a friend decided to go duck hunting on a nearby lake. The boat capsized and Murphy nearly drowned, but was saved by a female photographer who had been taking pictures nearby. See more »
In the scene where the piano is delivered, Lancaster's hair style changes again and again, from trimmed to long, from wind swept to coiffured. See more »
[yelling at a cow eating grass growing on the Zachary family's roof]
Shoo now! Shoo! Ain't you got no better manners than to eat at the top of a house?
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He threatened them with the truth they could not bear...
'The Unforgiven' has a lot in common with 'The Searchers' , both were written by Alan Le May and both are westerns that deal with racism. They also show the lonely life of the pioneers, how hard it must have been to live with so few people around you, how important the few social contacts must have been and that is why it is much more painful to see racism taking over and destroying relationships that were so important. The locations and scenery that Huston show us are much more primitive and far from being as beautiful as 'The Searchers' and that much describes the whole mood of the film. Audrey Hepburn, cast against type gives a good performance. As long as an actor can incorporate the character and show his true emotions, you can even accept Laurence Olivier as Davy Crocket. Audie Murphy is a revelation as Cash, it is his best performance ever. Joseph Wiseman is the eerie crazy man who threatens to reveal the unbearable truth. Burt Lancaster accepts his destiny with courage, unlike his brother (Audie) who is a weaker person. There is a great scene where Lilian Gish plays the piano outside the house when the Indians are about to attack. The Unforgiven is an excellent film, it is one of the best of John Huston, but it does not achieve the greatness of 'The Searchers'.
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