William Munny is a retired, once-ruthless killer turned gentle widower and hog farmer. To help support his two motherless children, he accepts one last bounty-hunter mission to find the men who brutalized a prostitute. Joined by his former partner and a cocky greenhorn, he takes on a corrupt sheriff.
When I was a boy I wanted to be a cowboy. Now I am an adult and I secretly still wanna be a cowboy. And "Unforgiven" is the best reason why I still wanna be a cowboy, because which man doesnt wanna be as heroic, glorious and tough as Clint Eastwood is in "Unforgiven". There is no other modern western out there that comes even close in the true to life depiction of bravery AND cowardness. There is no western out there besides the other well known great classics that come close to the brilliant true to life dialogues of ¨Unforgiven". Those dialogues were written by the very same screenwriter that gave us "Blade Runner", which could be considered to be a science fiction western, with a little imagination...Many, many westerns have been made, but "Unforgiven" stands out among all of them. Why? Maybe some wont even notice the tongue in cheek jokes at first that are present in "Unforgiven", because the jokes are not presented as such, but they are disguised in a parody of western cliches. The parody is depicted in scenes with behaviour that normally isnt shown in westerns. What sort of behaviour? Well, cowboys become human in this movie, with all the usual shortcomings that go along with being human: like being afraid of killing someone. That's unheard of in westerns, but it happens in this one. Still it is a hardcore western, but the heroes are not the heroes we have been used to and neither are the crooks. Everything is a bit twisted, but that makes the experience more real, more enjoyable, but also more powerful in the end. I have seen it over 10 times by now, but I can clearly remember how confused I was after having watched it for the very first time, because lots of western cliches get thrown out of the window. How those cliches get destroyed is the real charm of "Unforgiven", although it still has got hardcore western guts.Eastwood dedicated this movie to directors Sergio Leone and Don Siegel and "Unforgiven" has become the most prestigious tribute one could wish for in the history of american westerns. "Unforgiven" is only the third western in history to ever win the Best Picture Oscar. The American Film Institute ranked this as one of the 100 Greatest Movies of All Time.
One of the best all time movies. Clint Eastwood, Gene Hackman and Morgan Freeman in their prime. So well written and acted. This movie is a masterpiece. Such a great ending. Must see and a classic!
The absolute best modern western ever - not even close. Eastwood's masterpiece.
My all time favorite actor in my all time favorite western in my all time favorite movie!!!