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Unforgiven (1992)

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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:
... Bill Munny
... Little Bill Daggett
... Ned Logan
... English Bob
... The 'Schofield Kid'
... W.W. Beauchamp
... Strawberry Alice
... Delilah Fitzgerald (as Anna Thomson)
... Quick Mike
... Davey Bunting
... Skinny Dubois
Tara Frederick ... Little Sue (as Tara Dawn Frederick)
... Silky
Liisa Repo-Martell ... Faith
Josie Smith ... Crow Creek Kate
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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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Drama | Western

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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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Budget:

$14,400,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$15,018,007, 9 August 1992

Gross USA:

$101,157,447

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$159,157,447
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Trivia

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. See more »

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Set in 1881. When the townspeople are forming a posse, they are discussing who will pay for expenses, and one of them says that the store won't sell them any more 30-30 shells unless they pay cash. The 30-30 was not introduced as a cartridge until late 1893. See more »

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[first lines]
Quick Mike: Dammit! Come a-running, lad!
Delilah Fitzgerald: Stop it!
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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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Claudia's Song
Written by Clint Eastwood and Lennie Niehaus
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Eastwood & Hackman shine
30 January 1999 | by See all my reviews

Unforgiven is about as far from the fantasy mythos of A Fistful of Dollars as Clint Eastwood could get. No pin-point accuracy with 19th century technology, no desire to 'play fair' and face the enemy on even terms. If you can shoot him in the back...then do it.

Eastwood puts in an astonishing performance as the retired killer Muny, saved from his life of thievery and murder by his late wife. Now, desperately trying to support his children with no income, he is tempted back to his killing ways by the bounty offered by the women of a brothel, one of whom's number has been savagely beaten and disfigured by a drunken ranch-hand.

The film follows Eastwood as he wrestles with his desire to honour his wife's memory and his need to feed his children by returning to the killer that, he fears, is his true nature. Meanwhile word of the bounty has spread and the events spiral out of control as the sheriff (Gene Hackman) deals with the guns for hire that ride into town.

While all the supporting cast are excellent Gene Hackman's Oscar winning performance even manages to eclipse Eastwoods as the brutal Sheriff. He beats one of the bounty hunters, English Bob (Richard Harris) almost to death and then explains to a journalist, in one of the film's stand out scenes, how men like he and Muny are so successful at killing. The mood moves from light banter to life threatening seriousness...and back again, with just one move of his head.

One of the greatest Westerns ever made? Certainly. Although the fact it's a western is really secondary. In truth it's a tale of the nature of evil and the nature of man. Eastwood uses the gap between the western myth and reality as an arena to play out his story and does so with consummate style.


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