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Unforgiven (1992)

Unforgiven (1992)


Clint Eastwood
Morgan Freeman
Gene Hackman

Directed by Clint Eastwood

Listed as one of the best western films ever, unforgiven boast of a barrel of actors all making sure that their screen time is not wasted, Clint Eastwood is going to go down in the record books as one great moviemaker because of this flick, the timing of the movie is just right at every turn, the movie plot is rich with enough events to keep you glued. The movie also boast of fine shots, I liked the cinematography of this movie and the thought of a bunch of washed out old men, just trying to get a wiz of victory again was just too much fun to want to pass off.

It is the third western to win a Best Picture award in the Oscars, and it is ranked fourth in the best American film in the western genre in the American Film Institute's "AFI's 10 Top 10" list.

The initial concept of this film was conceived in 1976, but Eastwood delayed the project, partly because he wanted to wait till he was old enough to play his character. This was Eastwood’s last western, and it was a critical and box office success.

The movie plot is about a town where the Sheriff ‘Little Bill’ (Gene Hackman) is trying to make sure that all is well and peace reigns, then some notorious cowboys go to a whore house and cut a prostitute.

Little Bill implements justice in the way he felt best, but the prostitutes wanted to deal with the cowboys, as they felt revenge is the best way to deal with the situation. Putting money together they placed a bounty on the cowboy’s head, ageing gunslinger and murderer William Munny (Clint Eastwood) heard about the bounty and decided to give killing one more go.

Munny was a reformed man, who left the murdering life behind, all because of the love he has for his young wife. But his wife is dead and Munny is struggling with farm life and the raisin of two children, so chasing after the bounty was a good idea to him so he called his old comrade Ned (Morgan Freeman) and they go after the cowboys.

Unforgiven won four Academy Awards in its year, these awards were Best Picture (Clint Eastwood), Best Director (Clint Eastwood), Best Actor in a Supporting Role (Gene Hackman), and Best Film Editing. Clint Eastwood himself was nominated for Best Actor, but he lost to Al Pacino for Scent of a Woman.

If you have not gotten a taste of this classic movie, maybe it is high time you did, Unforgiven is a wonderful movie to have in your DVD collection, the acting was second to known and the script was both funny as it was thrilling.


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