Unforgiven (1992)


Movie Review

Directed by: Clint Eastwood

Starring: Clint Eastwood, Gene Hackman, Morgan Freeman, and Richard Harris

In Big Whiskey, a night at a brothel goes terribly awry when two cowboys assault and cut up a whore.  Her fellow prostitutes issue a $1,000 reward for the individual(s) who captures and kills the two cowboys.  William Munny (Clint Eastwood), a former bandit with a vicious reputation as a brutal killer, joins forces with retired cowboy Ned Logan (Morgan Freeman) to take down those two cowboys who violated the prostitute in Big Whiskey and claim the $1,000 reward.  Meanwhile, cowboy English Bob (Richard Harris) has also arrived in Big Whiskey seeking that reward.  None of them anticipated Little Bill Daggett (Gene Hackman), the town sheriff and former gunfighter who hates having guns or killers in his town.

For a long time, Unforgiven was considered the last great Western (granted it took place decades after the peak of the genre).  It's a dark, somber movie that explores the murky waters of morality.  It's an authentic, gritty vision of the Old West and how vicious it can truly be.  With superb performances from a stellar cast, it's the ultimate western.  Frankly, Unforgiven is an awesome movie that has earned a sober rating.  Check this one out as soon as you can!



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