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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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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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The Cut Whore Killings  »

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$14,400,000 (estimated)


$101,157,447 (USA)

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2.35 : 1
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[first lines]
Quick Mike: Dammit! Come a-running, lad!
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How the west was
19 January 2006 | by (San Fracisco,CA) – See all my reviews

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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