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The script floated around Hollywood for nearly 20 years, during which time Gene Hackman read and rejected it, only to be later convinced by Clint Eastwood (who had owned the rights to the script for some time) to play a role.
The final screen credit reads, "Dedicated to Sergio and Don", referring to Clint Eastwood's mentors, Sergio Leone and Don Siegel.
Although the score was arranged by Lennie Niehaus, the main theme was written by Clint Eastwood himself.
Clint Eastwood's mother Ruth Wood toiled through an uncomfortable day (wearing a heavy dress) as an extra, filming a scene where she boards a train; but the scene was eventually cut, with her son apologizing that the film was "too long and something had to go." All was forgiven when he brought her to the Academy Awards and thanked her prominently in his acceptance speech.
The film was shot in 39 days, coming in 4 days ahead of schedule. The town had to be built very quickly, with a relatively short run-up time (2 months) to the start of filming; the construction period was used by the stunt coordinator to work on actors' riding skills and stunt choreography.
Gene Hackman had turned down the part of Munny before the script came to Clint Eastwood.
This film put paid to Clint Eastwood's longstanding statement why he would never win an Oscar. Eastwood reckoned he would never be in the running because "first, I'm not Jewish. Secondly I make too much money. Thirdly, and most importantly, because I don't give a fuck". Since his double Oscar win for Unforgiven (1992), Eastwood has gone on to win 2 more Oscars as well as an Irving G. Thalberg Memorial Award and has been nominated an additional 6 times.
To maintain the authentic atmosphere, no motor vehicles were allowed on the Big Whiskey set.
The boots that Clint Eastwood wore in this film are the same boots that he wore in the TV series Rawhide (1959). These boots are now a part of Eastwood's private collection and were on loan to the 2005 Sergio Leone exhibit at the Gene Autry Museum of Western Heritage in Los Angeles, California. In essence these boots have book-ended Eastwood's career in the western genre.
Only the third western to ever win the Best Picture Oscar. The other two being Dances with Wolves (1990) and Cimarron (1931).
Ranked #4 on the American Film Institute's list of the 10 greatest films in the genre "Western" in June 2008.
Deputy Clyde's line about why a one armed man needed to carry three pistols: 'I don't want to get killed from lack of being able to shoot back' is sometimes attributed to lawman/gunfighter Wild Bill Hickok who usually carried two pistols around his waist, another in a shoulder holster, sometimes another stuck in the back of his belt, and usually had at least one Derringer hidden somewhere on his person. While working as a lawman, he usually carried a sawed off shotgun as well. Hickok also laughed at Ned Buntline's report about his killing 20 men with 20 shots saying that his theory was start shooting and keep shooting until the man you were shooting at was dead.
Production designer Henry Bumstead took only 32 days to have the Big Whiskey set constructed, the fastest in his lengthy career.
Richard Harris was watching High Plains Drifter (1973) on TV when Clint Eastwood phoned him to offer the part of English Bob.
It took Clint Eastwood several years to actually get round to reading the script as his script reader had initially told him that it wasn't very good.
Most of the rain in the film was specially created because Calgary, where it was shot, was experiencing a dry spell, though the snowfall that is featured when William Munny is recovering from his beating was unexpected (and unscripted).
With inflation, the $1,000 bounty on the cowboys would be the equivalent to $110,000 now at a very liberal estimate. A more conservative estimate would be around $30,000.
Clint Eastwood said at the time that this would be the last movie that he would both act in and direct, but he went on to appear in quite a lot of movies he directed since then.
According to Clint Eastwood in a 2000 interview, Gene Hackman was very concerned about how they were going to show the violence in the movie, owing to the rising gun violence in American cities. Eastwood assured Hackman that the film wouldn't glorify gun violence.
In 2007, the American Film Institute ranked this as the #68 Greatest Movie of All Time.
One of the few changes that Clint Eastwood made to David Webb Peoples's original script was to remove the opening voiceover and replace it with text.
"The Duke" was a reference to John Wayne.
In the early 1980s, Francis Ford Coppola got hold of the script and met with John Malkovich to offer him the role of Williams Munny. Malkovich recalled: "The offer was not very serious - thank God! I say that for myself and the poor public. And for Clint - absolutely! I would have been a total, total failure. Total! Who would've wanted to see that? I wouldn't! I would've just been acting-schmatching. There are some things you can only have with a kind of mythic figure which Clint is."
The windmill that appears in the backdrop through much of the movie was a real operating windmill, rather than a set piece, and to this day pumps water to The Dow Wetlands Preserve in Antioch, California, where it was sent after shooting.
Writer David Webb Peoples credits Martin Scorsese's Taxi Driver (1976) and Glendon Swarthout's novel "The Shootist" as two of the major shaping influences of his screenplay.
None of the participants, least of all Clint Eastwood and writer David Webb Peoples, actively set out to make an anti-violence film. It was a natural byproduct of the script.
Clint Eastwood asked Gene Hackman to model his character of Little Bill Daggett on then Los Angeles police chief Daryl Gates.
The train sequences were filmed in Sonora, California, as there remained an operational 19th-century narrow-gauge railway track in the area.
The following guns were used in this movie. 1. William Munny used a 1859 Starr revolver double action, a Smith and Wesson Schofield revolver, a 12-gauge double barreled coach shotgun, and later a Spencer rifle. 2. Ned uses a Spencer rifle. 3. The Kid uses a S&W Schofield, and earlier he uses a Winchester 1873 rifle. 4. English Bob uses a Colt 1873 "Peacemaker" Single action Army and a Bulldog .32 caliber pocket pistol. 5. Little Bill used a Colt 1873 "Peacemaker" Single action Army. 6. The Cathouse owner has a Colt 1851 single action revolver. 7. Andy the deputy uses a Winchester 1866 "Yellow Boy" made to look like a Henry rifle by removing the for-end. 8. The one armed law man uses 3 revolvers one a Remington 1875 and 2 Colt 1873 "Peacemakers". 9. Various people stick to the famed "peacemakers" and Winchester '73 rifles.
The tavern in which the final scene takes place is called Greeley's. It is a reference to New York Tribune editor Horace Greeley who is often incorrectly attributed with writing the line "Go West Young Man." That line was actually written by John B.L. Soule. The phrase "Go West, Young Man" is often attributed to New York Tribune founder Horace Greeley, and often misattributed to Indiana journalist John B. L. Soule, but the latest research shows it to be a paraphrase.
With this film being an Oscar winning western, Clint Eastwood went on to direct and star in A Perfect World (1993) the following year. Eastwood and co-star Kevin Costner had something in common, as Costner had also directed and starred in an Oscar winning western, which was Dances with Wolves (1990).
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By Clint Eastwood's own recollection he was given the script in the "early 80s" although he did not immediately pursue it, because according to him "I thought I should do some other things first." Biographer Patrick McGilligan specifies that it was presented to him in the spring of 1984 by Megan Rose, a story analyst at Warner Bros. whom Eastwood happened to be sleeping with at the time.
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Morgan Freeman came to know about the film from Kevin Costner while filming Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves (1991). Morgan approached to Clint Eastwood and received role of Ned Logan.
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Frances Fisher was nearly four months pregnant with Francesca Eastwood when she went to the Academy Awards, but had been under strict orders not to tell anyone, including her closest friends. Clint Eastwood reportedly said to her, "I don't want that kinda thing taking attention away from my Oscar race!"
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Favorite film of actor Bill Duke.
The rifle Andy carries to arrest English Bob is a Winchester '66 "Yellowboy" with the fore-stock removed to resemble a first-model Henry.
As of 2016, this is Clint Eastwood's final western movie
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Included among the "1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die", edited by Steven Schneider.
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The concept for the film dated to 1976, when it was developed under the titles The Cut-Whore Killings and The William Munny Killings.
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Three of the main actors were born in 1930: Clint Eastwood, Gene Hackman and Richard Harris.
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Jeremy Irons was considered for the role of English Bob.
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When Will notes that Ned is still using a Spencer rifle, it would imply that Ned carried it in the Civil War as a member of a U.S. Colored Troops cavalry regiment. Morgan Freeman also starred in Glory (1989) as a member of a U.S. Colored regiment
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The trivia item below may give away important plot points.

According to the script, The Schofield Kid drowned himself out of guilt.

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