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Poll: 30th Anniversary 'Unforgiven'

On August 3rd (2022), it's 30 years since Unforgiven (1992) was premiered. The movie is highly praised and ranked in every IMDb Top 250 list. Which of these 10 facts about Unforgiven (1992) is the most interesting?

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    Clint Eastwood in Unforgiven (1992)

    Dry spell and unexpected snowfall

    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).

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    Clint Eastwood and Morgan Freeman in Unforgiven (1992)

    Script floated for nearly twenty years

    The script floated around Hollywood for nearly twenty 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.

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    Clint Eastwood in Unforgiven (1992)

    Influences of Taxi Driver (1976) and The Shootist (1976)

    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.

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    Clint Eastwood, Aline Levasseur, and Shane Meier in Unforgiven (1992)

    Clint Eastwood's boots are from Rawhide (1959)

    The boots that Clint Eastwood wore in this film are the same boots that he wore in the television 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.

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    Clint Eastwood in Unforgiven (1992)

    Remakes back and forth with Japan

    Oddly, The first classic western Eastwood starred in, A Fistful of Dollars (1964), was itself a remake of a classic Japanese samurai film, Yojimbo (1961). The last classic western Eastwood has starred in to date, Unforgiven (1992), was itself remade into a classic Japanese samurai film, Yurusarezaru mono (2013).

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    Clint Eastwood, Morgan Freeman, and Jaimz Woolvett in Unforgiven (1992)

    Main theme was written by Clint Eastwood

    Although the score was arranged by Lennie Niehaus, the main theme was written by Clint Eastwood himself.

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    Gene Hackman in Unforgiven (1992)

    Gene Hackman took three more western roles

    Perhaps due to winning the Oscar for Best Supporting Actor, Gene Hackman would appear in three other westerns in supporting roles a year apart: Geronimo: An American Legend (1993), Wyatt Earp (1994) and The Quick and the Dead (1995).

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    Clint Eastwood and Morgan Freeman in Unforgiven (1992)

    "The Duke" was a reference to John Wayne
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    Richard Harris in Unforgiven (1992)

    Richard Harris was watching High Plains Drifter when Clint Eastwood called

    Richard Harris was watching High Plains Drifter (1973) on television when Clint Eastwood phoned him to offer the part of English Bob.”

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    Frances Fisher, Beverley Elliott, and Liisa Repo-Martell in Unforgiven (1992)

    Scene with Clint Eastwood's mother is cut

    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.

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