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The Unforgiven -- Burt Lancaster and Audrey Hepburn lead an all-star cast in this gun slinging depiction of a pioneer family haunted by a deranged ex-soldier armed with the "sword of God."


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Ben Maddow (screenplay)
Alan Le May (based on a novel by)
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Release Date:
6 April 1960 (USA) See more »
The neighbors of a frontier family turn on them when it is suspected that their adopted daughter was stolen from the local Kiawa tribe. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Burt Lancaster ... Ben Zachary

Audrey Hepburn ... Rachel Zachary

Audie Murphy ... Cash Zachary

John Saxon ... Johnny Portugal

Charles Bickford ... Zeb Rawlins

Lillian Gish ... Mattilda Zachary

Albert Salmi ... Charlie Rawlins

Joseph Wiseman ... Abe Kelsey
June Walker ... Hagar Rawlins
Kipp Hamilton ... Georgia Rawlins
Arnold Merritt ... Jude Rawlins

Doug McClure ... Andy Zachary
Carlos Rivas ... Lost Bird

Directed by
John Huston 
Writing credits
Ben Maddow (screenplay)

Alan Le May (based on a novel by) (as Alan LeMay)

Produced by
Harold Hecht .... presents (as Hecht Hill and Lancaster)
James Hill .... producer
Burt Lancaster .... co-producer (uncredited)
Original Music by
Dimitri Tiomkin 
Cinematography by
Franz Planer (director of photography)
Film Editing by
Russell Lloyd 
Art Direction by
Stephen B. Grimes  (as Stephen Grimes)
Costume Design by
Dorothy Jeakins 
Makeup Department
Frank La Rue .... makeup artist (as Frank LaRue)
Frank McCoy .... makeup artist
Production Management
Gilbert Kurland .... executive production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Tom Shaw .... assistant director
Emilio Fernández .... second unit director (uncredited)
Carlos Villatoro .... assistant director (uncredited)
Art Department
Ramón Rodríguez Granada .... associate art director (as Ramon Rodriguez Granada)
Ross C. Burke .... property master (uncredited)
Sound Department
Basil Fenton-Smith .... sound recordist
Leslie Hodgson .... sound editor
Special Effects by
Dave Koehler .... special effects (uncredited)
Jack Conner .... stunts (uncredited)
Bob Herron .... stunts (uncredited)
Bob Terhune .... stunts (uncredited)
Camera and Electrical Department
Inge Morath .... still photographer (uncredited)
James Saper .... camera operator (uncredited)
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Joan Joseff .... costume jeweller (uncredited)
Music Department
Orchestra dell'Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia .... orchestra: recorded in Rome Italy with (as The Santa Cecilia Orchestra)
Richard Nash .... musician: trombone (uncredited)
Dimitri Tiomkin .... musical director (uncredited)
Other crew
Harold Hecht .... presents (as Hecht Hill and Lancaster)
James Hill .... presents (as Hecht Hill and Lancaster)
Burt Lancaster .... presents (as Hecht Hill and Lancaster)
'Chema' Hernandez .... head wrangler (uncredited)
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125 min | USA:121 min (Turner library print)
Color (Technicolor)
Aspect Ratio:
2.35 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Westrex Recording System)
Australia:PG | Finland:K-16 | Netherlands:12 | Netherlands:6 (re-rating) | Norway:16 | Sweden:15 | UK:A (original rating) | UK:PG (tv rating) | UK:PG (video rating: feature and trailer) (2003) | UK:PG (video rating) (1995) (1996) | USA:Approved (PCA #19245) | West Germany:12 (f)
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Richard Burton, Kirk Douglas and Robert Mitchum were considered for the role of Cash Zachary.See more »
Audio/visual unsynchronized: In the search scene in the desert, at high winds, when the two cowboys try to reach for the cactus' protection, the horse's mane dangles like if there was no wind at all.See more »
[first lines]
[yelling at a cow eating grass growing on the Zachary family's roof]
Rachel Zachary:Shoo now! Shoo! Ain't you got no better manners than to eat at the top of a house?
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16 out of 25 people found the following review useful.
He threatened them with the truth they could not bear..., 19 July 2004
Author: alexandre michel liberman (tmwest) from S. Paulo, Brazil

'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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