Unforgiven

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(out of 5)


A brothel in a tiny Wyoming frontier town becomes a den of revenge after a client viciously attacks a woman by cutting up her face.  The sheriff of Big Whiskey () makes the men involved atone by giving up a few horses to the house’s owner, which gives no satisfaction to the house madam () who wants them to pay a dearer price.  Miles away, rancher  hears of a big reward for catching and killing these men and sets off with friend and young , his demons as a former drunken outlaw beginning to creep up on him as he gets closer to his goal.  Eastwood also directs this richly enjoyable tale that brings the western to great success on the big screen for the first time in many years, and typical of his work subverts a primarily male genre with a healthy female element that informs the way the violence and morality are protrayed on the screen.  Effectively coming across as an anti-western, this one has no one dying in a blaze of glory, with shootouts that happen on the toilet and not in legendary laneways.  Men are shot in the back and women’s virtue is valued somewhere below livestock and alcohol consumption in a satisfying tale of justice and revenge that masks more thought-provoking themes of American mythmaking and the joke of frontier law, proving our ideas of the Wild West to be more the product of Hollywood films than anything out of a history book (as if to further hammer this in, David Peoples’ script includes a writer played by who is the least reliable character in the film).  Beautifully photographed and designed, it’s a fine resurgence in the star’s career that led to many more classics to follow.


USA, 1992

Directed by

Screenplay by

Cinematography by

Produced by Clint Eastwood

Music by

Production Design by

Costume Design by

Film Editing by


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Academy Awards
Best Actor in a Supporting Role (Gene Hackman as “Little Bill Daggett”)
Best Directing (Clint Eastwood)
Best Film Editing (Joel Cox)
Best Picture (Clint Eastwood, producer)

Nominations
Best Actor in a Leading Role (Clint Eastwood as “Bill Munny”)
Best Art Direction (art direction: Henry Bumstead; set decoration: Janice Blackie-Goodine)
Best Cinematography (Jack N. Green)
Best Sound (Les Fresholtz, Vern Poore, Dick Alexander, Rob Young)
Best Writing (Screenplay Written Directly for the Screen) (David Webb Peoples)

Golden Globe Awards
Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture (Gene Hackman)
Best Director (Clint Eastwood)

Nominations
Best Motion Picture-Drama
Best Screenplay (David Webb Peoples)

New York Film Critics Award
Best Supporting Actor (Gene Hackman)

Nominations
Best Film
Best Director (Clint Eastwood)
Best Screenplay (David Webb Peoples)

Los Angeles Film Critics Awards
Best Picture
Best Actor (Clint Eastwood)
Best Supporting Actor (Gene Hackman)
Best Director (Clint Eastwood)
Best Screenplay (David Webb Peoples, Roger Avary)

Nomination
Best Cinematography (Jack N. Green)

National Society of Film Critics Awards
Best Film
Best Supporting Actor (Gene Hackman)
Best Director (Clint Eastwood)
Best Screenplay (David Webb Peoples)

Nominations
Best Actor (Clint Eastwood)
Best Cinematography (Jack N. Green)

National Board Of Review Award
Top Ten Films

Writers Guild Award Nomination
Best Original Screenplay

Directors Guild Award
Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Motion Pictures (Clint Eastwood)

British Academy Award
Best Actor in a Supporting Role (Gene Hackman)

Nominations
Best Film
Best Direction (Clint Eastwood)
Best Screenplay – Original
Best Cinematography
Best Sound

Boston Film Critics Awards
Best Film
Best Supporting Actor (Gene Hackman)
Best Cinematography


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