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Unforgiven (1992)

aka Unforgiven

"It's a hell of a thing, killing a man."

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Details: 131 mins · English · R (USA)

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A typical Eastwood western, slow but intense story arc about a reformed gunfighter who finds himself fighting for a good cause, and then forced to avenge his friend.
Fun fact, Eastwood, Gene Hackman and Richard Harris were all in their early 60's (all three born in 1930), Morgan Freeman is 7 years their junior...

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Cast:

Small William Munny
Small Little Bill Daggett
Small English Bob
No_movie_poster The 'Schofield Kid'
Small Delilah Fitzgerald
Small W.W. Beauchamp
Small Strawberry Alice
No_movie_poster Quick Mike
No_movie_poster Davey Bunting
No_movie_poster Skinny Dubois
Small Ned Logan
Small Faith
No_movie_poster Delilah Fitzgerald

Crew:

Small Clint Eastwood Director
No_movie_poster Lennie Niehaus Original Music Composer
No_movie_poster Jack N. Green Director of Photography
No_movie_poster Henry Bumstead Production Design
No_movie_poster Joel Cox Editor
No_movie_poster Phyllis Huffman Casting
No_movie_poster Julian Ludwig Producer
No_movie_poster David Valdes Executive Producer
No_movie_poster Adrian Gorton Art Direction
No_movie_poster Rick Roberts Art Direction
No_movie_poster Janice Blackie-Goodine Set Decoration
No_movie_poster David Webb Peoples Author
Small Clint Eastwood Production
No_movie_poster Joel Cox Editing

Taglines:

"It's a hell of a thing, killing a man."

Plot:

A group of prostitutes in Big Whiskey, Wyoming, led by Strawberry Alice (Frances Fisher), offers a $1,000 reward to whoever can kill Quick Mike (Mucci) and "Davey-Boy" Bunting (Campbell), two cowboys who disfigured Delilah Fitzgerald (Levine), one of their own. The local sheriff, Little Bill Daggett (Gene Hackman), a former gunfighter and keeper of the peace, is worried about their incentive, as he does not allow guns or criminals in his town. Little Bill had given the two men leniency, despite their crime.

Miles away in Kansas, the Schofield Kid (Woolvett), a boastful young man, visits the pig farm of William Munny (Eastwood), seeking to recruit him to kill the cowboys. In his youth, Munny was a bandit notorious as a cold-blooded murderer. Now a repentant widower raising two children, he has sworn off alcohol and killing. Though Munny initially refuses to help with the execution, his farm is failing, putting his children's future in jeopardy. Munny reconsiders a few days later and sets off to catch up with the Kid. On his way, Munny recruits Ned Logan (Morgan Freeman), another retired gunfighter, who reluctantly leaves his wife (Cardinal) to go along.

Back in Wyoming, gunfighter English Bob (Richard Harris) and his biographer, W. W. Beauchamp (Rubinek), arrive in Big Whiskey, also seeking the reward. Little Bill and his deputies disarm Bob, and Bill beats him savagely, hoping to discourage other would-be killers. The next morning he ejects Bob from town, but Beauchamp decides to stay and write about Bill. He has impressed the biographer with his tales of old gunfights and seeming knowledge of the inner workings of a gunfighter's psyche.

Munny, Logan and the Kid arrive later during a rain storm; they go to the saloon/whorehouse to discover the cowboys' location. With a bad fever after riding in the rain, Munny is sitting alone in the saloon when Little Bill and his deputies arrive to confront him. With no idea of Munny's past, Little Bill beats him and kicks him out of the saloon after finding a pistol on him. Logan and the Kid, upstairs getting "advances" on their payment from the prostitutes, escape out a back window. The three regroup at a barn outside of town, where they nurse Munny back to health.

Three days later, they ambush a group of cowboys and kill Bunting. Logan and Munny no longer have much stomach for murder. Logan decides to return home while Munny and the Kid head to the cowboys' ranch, where the Kid ambushes Quick Mike in an outhouse and kills him. After they escape, a distraught Kid confesses he had never killed anyone before. He renounces life as a gunfighter.

When Little Sue (Frederick) meets the two men to give them the reward, they learn that Logan was captured by Little Bill's men and tortured to death. He revealed the names of his two accomplices. The Kid heads back to Kansas to deliver the reward money to Munny and Logan's families. Munny drinks half a bottle of whisky and heads into town to take revenge on Bill.

That night, Logan's corpse is displayed in a coffin outside the saloon. Inside, Little Bill has assembled a posse to pursue Munny and the Kid. Munny walks in alone and kills Skinny Dubois (James), the saloon owner and pimp. After some tense dialogue, a gunfight ensues, leaving Bill wounded and several of his deputies dead. Munny orders everyone out before stopping Little Bill from reaching for his pistol. Bill curses Munny before the latter finishes him with a final gunshot. Munny threatens the townsfolk before finally leaving town, warning that he will return if Logan is not buried properly or if any prostitutes are further harmed.

A brief epilogue states that Munny was rumored to have moved to San Francisco, where he prospered in dry goods.

Release Dates:

Theatrical : 1992-08-07 : United States of America

Theatrical : 1992-12-04 : Turkey

Theatrical : 1992-09-01 : Brazil

Theatrical : 1992-11-19 : Netherlands

Theatrical : 1993-02-11 : Australia

Theatrical : 1993-02-26 : Czech Republic

Theatrical : 1993-01-14 : Hong Kong

Theatrical : 1992-09-25 : Finland

Theatrical : 1992-10-30 : Denmark

Theatrical : 1992-09-18 : United Kingdom

Theatrical : 1992-09-09 : France

Theatrical : 1992-10-16 : Portugal

Theatrical : 1992-09-10 : Belgium

Theatrical : 1992-09-24 : Germany

Theatrical : 1993-02-19 : Hungary

Theatrical : 1992-09-11 : Sweden

Theatrical : 1992-09-03 : Argentina

Theatrical : 1992-08-03 : United States of America

Theatrical : 1993-03-13 : South Korea

Theatrical : 1992-12-18 : Italy

Theatrical : 1992-09-25 : Australia

Theatrical : 1993-10-29 : Estonia

Theatrical : 1993-04-24 : Japan

Theatrical : 1992-09-25 : Spain

Theatrical : 1992-09-18 : Ireland

2002-06-29 : Mexico