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
English Bob takes his beating from Little Bill, on "Independence day" (July 4). A few days later Little Bill dishes out another beating to Will Munny and then days after that, Munny is recovering in a shack/barn where there is snow outside. Since the fictional town of "Big Whiskey" is most likely located in the East high plains section of Wyoming near Laramie, as opposed to the mountain ranges and Indian reservations in the Western part of Wyoming in the 1880s, the average temperature in July is between 85-95 degrees. Even in the highest mountain plains accumulated snowfall would be nearly unheard of in early to mid July. Also there is much rain in the film, and July is the driest month in Wyoming. See more »
This film was a revelation, a western that DOESN'T LIE. The whole theme stripping away the mythology our culture has built around the west, scraping it away like the finish on a mirror and reveling the ugliness AND the humanity beneath. I was utterly convinced, both by the portrayal of the period and the reality of the characters. A large focus was its treatment of the subject of killing. The movie SHOWS US what it is like to kill a man, a stark stark contrast to the casual attitude taken by so many other westerns. We see what we already know, wild west or no, that killing is something that most people just aren't capable of. And yet the character of William Munny shows us that in spite of the mundanity he embodies in his later life, true evil still existed then as now, and every now and then, true heroism.
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