In Clint Eastwood's acclaimed Western, Little Bill Daggett (Gene Hackman), a sadistic, dictatorial sheriff, enforces gun control on a tiny frontier town, doling out his own brand of due process as he sees fit. When he denies justice to the prostitutes of the town brothel, one of whom has been slashed by a client, the women hire Bill Munny (Eastwood), a reformed gunslinger, to gain vengeance. However, Munny must contend with his new moral code in the face of revisiting the life he left behind. Eastwood's directorial masterpiece also stars Morgan Freeman and Richard Harris.
1992 - Academy Awards - Best Picture Winner
1992 - Academy Awards - Best Director Winner
1992 - Academy Awards - Best Supporting Actor Winner
Henry Bumstead - Production Designer, MILLION DOLLAR BABY (2004)
Harry Bumstead - Production Designer, MILLION DOLLAR BABY (2004)
Clint Eastwood - American actor/director, THE GOOD, THE BAD.../UNFORGIVEN
Morgan Freeman - American Actor
Richard Harris - Irish actor, THIS SPORTING LIFE/GLADIATOR
Frances Fisher - British actress, TITANIC (1997), HOUSE OF SAND AND FOG
Jaimz Woolvett - American Supporting Actor
Gene Hackman - Oscar-winning actor, THE FRENCH CONNECTION
Eugene Alder - Oscar-winning actor, THE FRENCH CONNECTION
Joel Cox - Editor, MILLION DOLLAR BABY (2004)
Jack N. Green - Director of Photography, SERENITY (2005)
Jack Green - Director of Photography, SERENITY (2005)
Clint Eastwood's tenth western and sixteenth directorial effort explores the darker side of the myths of the old west. When retired gunslinger Bill Munny accepts a $500 offer to shoot two men who viciously knifed a prostitute, he discovers just how difficult it is to escape his past as a notorious outlaw.
Filmed in Brooks, Drumheller, Stettler, and Longview, Alberta, Canada, and Sonora California. Shot in Panavision using Technicolor. Eastwood dedicated UNFORGIVEN "to Sergio [Leone] and Don [Siegel]," two directors who served as his most important mentors. Released theatrically in the USA August 7, 1992. Named to the "Top Ten" lists of 243 film critics. Available to buy in the UK (widescreen version). Clint Eastwood was awarded the Irving Thalberg Memorial Award at the March 27, 1995, Academy Award Ceremonies. It was presented to him by Arnold Schwarzenegger.
"...Time has been good to Clint Eastwood....The cast is splendid..." - 08/07/1992 New York Times, p.C1
"...The film is full of sly or amusing touches....Deftly placed emotional moments..." -- 3 1/2 out of 4 stars - 08/07/1992 USA Today, p.1D
"...Engaging....Enjoy it for the handsome wide-screen vistas, the interplay of the actors, the classical sweep of its story line..." - 08/14/1993 Entertainment Weekly, p.36-7
"...The screenplay by David Webb Peoples has dialogue as spare and evocative as Hemingway..." - 12/27/1992 Chicago Sun-Times, p.3
"Eastwood's a true icon..." - 03/01/2004 Total Film, p.9
"[An] intense, complex meditation on the corrupting nature of violence." - 02/01/2003 Uncut, p.106