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Unforgiven (1992)

R  |   |  Western  |  7 August 1992 (USA)
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Retired Old West gunslinger William Munny reluctantly takes on one last job, with the help of his old partner and a young man.


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Delilah Fitzgerald (as Anna Thomson)
David Mucci ...
Davey Bunting
Anthony James ...
Tara Frederick ...
Little Sue (as Tara Dawn Frederick)
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Crow Creek Kate


The town of Big Whisky is full of normal people trying to lead quiet lives. Cowboys try to make a living. Sheriff 'Little Bill' tries to build a house and keep a heavy-handed order. The town whores just try to get by.Then a couple of cowboys cut up a whore. Dissatisfied with Bill's justice, the prostitutes put a bounty on the cowboys. The bounty attracts a young gun billing himself as 'The Schofield Kid', and aging killer William Munny. Munny reformed for his young wife, and has been raising crops and two children in peace. But his wife is gone. Farm life is hard. And Munny is no good at it. So he calls his old partner Ned, saddles his ornery nag, and rides off to kill one more time, blurring the lines between heroism and villainy, man and myth. Written by Charlie Ness

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It's a hell of a thing, killing a man



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Rated R for language, and violence, and for a scene of sexuality | See all certifications »

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7 August 1992 (USA)  »

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$14,400,000 (estimated)


$101,157,447 (USA)

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2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


The train sequences were filmed in Sonora, California, as there remained an operational 19th-century narrow-gauge railway track in the area. See more »


Although pheasants were not introduced to the American west from Asia until the 1890s, they are present along the railroad tracks in 1880. See more »


[first lines]
Quick Mike: Dammit! Come a-running, lad!
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Crazy Credits

At the end of the credits, there is caption reading, "Dedicated to Sergio and Don". This is a reference to late directors Sergio Leone (who directed Clint Eastwood in the Dollars trilogy) and Don Siegel (who directed Eastwood in Dirty Harry and Escape from Alcatraz). See more »


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An old man reconnects with his wicked past
10 December 2004 | by (Southeast Georgia) – See all my reviews

I enjoy the transformation of Clint Eastwood's character throughout the movie. In the beginning he reluctantly becomes a gunfighter but as the movie progresses you see how he slides down the slippery slope of wickedness to become the cold-blooded killer needed for the task. Morgan Freeman's reaction to the transformation is well played also. Richard Harris' character is colorful as is his sidekick. Gene Hackman's sheriff is pleasantly atypical of the role. All these actors and their characters effectively leave the viewer with a myriad of directions from which the movie expertly entertains. If you are expecting anything like Clint's "spaghetti westerns" you will be disappointed. If you are looking for an excellent story with characters that all have varying degrees of wickedness, you will be satisfied when its all said and done.

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