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Director:
Writers:
Ben Maddow (screenplay)
Alan Le May (based on a novel by)
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Release Date:
6 April 1960 (USA) See more »
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Tagline:
A NEW TRIUMPH FROM ACADEMY AWARD WINNER JOHN HUSTON (original ad - all caps) See more »
Plot:
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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Tearing The Family Apart See more (74 total) »

Cast

  (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)
 
Stunts
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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Runtime:
125 min | USA:121 min (Turner library print)
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Color (Technicolor)
Aspect Ratio:
2.35 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Westrex Recording System)
Certification:
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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"The Unforgiven" was Audrey Hepburn's only Western.See more »
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Anachronisms: 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 »
Quotes:
[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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Soundtrack:
The Battle Hymn of the RepublicSee more »

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21 out of 32 people found the following review useful.
Tearing The Family Apart, 9 February 2007
Author: bkoganbing from Buffalo, New York

This film, The Unforgiven, as opposed to Clint Eastwood's classic is taken from a novel by Alan LeMay who also wrote The Searchers. Both stories are about the post Civil War Texas frontier. But in this one we have the Indians seeking out one of there's who's been taken by whites and raised as one of their own. The person in question is Audrey Hepburn who's been raised by Lillian Gish as her own daughter and sister to her three sons, Burt Lancaster, Audie Murphy, and Doug McClure.

It was an unwritten law of Hollywood that no one shoots a film in Monument Valley except John Ford. So John Huston made due with Durango in Mexico which had become a favorite western location site also. Huston got some good performances out of his cast although he had many problems.

Audrey Hepburn fell off a horse and was injured for a few weeks. Audie Murphy nearly drowned in a river. Topping it all off, according to a recent biography of Burt Lancaster was the fact that Lillian Gish served as a kind of back seat driver to John Huston. She was forever telling him that D.W. Griffith did this or that a different way. But apparently Ms. Gish was satisfied with the finished product because she acclaimed Huston as another Griffith when it was over.

The story really gets going when some Kiowas come knocking on Lillian Gish's door demanding Audrey Hepburn's return. When it's discovered that Hepburn in fact is an Indian, the reaction of the neighbors and some of the family is to send her back. Lancaster, Gish, and McClure aren't having it though.

The Unforgiven was butchered in the editing department. One role that was mostly left on the cutting room floor apparently was John Saxon as a halfbreed named Johnny Portugal. Standing out though is Joseph Wiseman as the crazy ex-cavalryman now turned preacher who has a hate for Audrey Hepburn. Why he does you'll have to see the film, but it's an interesting problem.

Its parts, its individual performances make The Unforgiven an uneven film where the whole is not greater than the sum of those parts.

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