Sunday, March 11, 2012
Number 98 on the 1998 AFI List of the 100 Best American Films.
Number 68 on the 2007 AFI List of the 100 Best American Films.
Unforgiven is a 1992 American Western film produced and directed by Clint Eastwood with a screenplay written by David Webb Peoples. The film tells the story of William Munny, an aging outlaw and killer who takes on one more job years after he had hung up his guns and turned to farming. A dark Western that deals frankly with the uglier aspects of violence and the myth of the Old West, it stars Eastwood in the lead role, with Gene Hackman, Morgan Freeman, and Richard Harris.
Eastwood dedicated the movie to deceased directors and mentors Don Siegel and Sergio Leone. The film won four Academy Awards, including Best Picture, Best Director, Best Actor in a Supporting Role (Hackman), and Best Film Editing. Eastwood himself was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Actor for his performance, but he lost to Al Pacino for Scent of a Woman. In 2004, Unforgiven was added to the United States National Film Registry as being deemed "culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant".
The film was only the third western to win the Oscar for Best Picture following Cimarron (1931) and Dances With Wolves (1990).
* Clint Eastwood as William "Will" Munny
* Gene Hackman as Little Bill Daggett
* Morgan Freeman as Ned Logan
* Richard Harris as English Bob
* Jaimz Woolvett as The Schofield Kid
* Saul Rubinek as W. W. Beauchamp
* Frances Fisher as Strawberry Alice
* Anna Levine as Delilah Fitzgerald
* David Mucci as Quick Mike
* Rob Campbell as Davey Bunting
* Anthony James as Skinny Dubois
* Tara Frederick as Little Sue
* Beverley Elliott as Silky
* Liisa Repo-Martell as Faith
* Josie Smith as Crow Creek Kate
* Shane Meier as William Munny Jr.
The film was written by David Webb Peoples, who had written the Oscar-nominated film The Day After Trinity and co-wrote Blade Runner. The concept for the film dated as far back as 1976 under the titles The Cut-Whore Killings and The William Munny Killings. Eastwood delayed the project, partly because he wanted to wait until he was old enough to play his character and to savor it as the last of his western films. Much of the cinematography for the film was shot in Alberta in August 1991 by director of photography Jack Green. Filming took place over 52 days between September and October 1991. Production designer Henry Bumstead, who had worked with Eastwood on High Plains Drifter, was hired to create the "drained, wintry look" of the western.