Critic Consensus: As both director and star, Clint Eastwood strips away decades of Hollywood varnish applied to the Wild West, and emerges with a series of harshly eloquent statements about the nature of violence.
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as William Munny
as Little Bill Daggett, Ma?y Bill Daggett
as Ned Logan
as Anglik Bob, English Bob
as W W. Beauchamp, W. W. Beauchamp
as Strawberry Alice, "Ruda" Alice
as Delilah Fitzgerald
as "Szybki Mike", Quick Mike
as Davey Bunting
as "Chudy" Dubois, Skinny Dubois
as Little Sue, Ma?a Sue
as "G?adka", Silky
as The Schofield Kid
as Crow Creek Kate
as Will Munny
as Penny Munny
as Fatty Rossiter
as German Joe Schultz
as Johnny Foley
as Lippy MacGregor
as Deputy Andy Russell
as Charley Hecker
as Clyde Ledbetter
as Texas Slim
as Train Person #3
as The Shadow
as Muddy Chandler
as Curious Townsperson (uncredited)
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Critic Reviews for Unforgiven
Clint Eastwood's brilliant and harrowing Unforgiven packs all the punch of a good Western without indulging in the plot cliches and moral certitudes so often inherent in the genre.
Apart from giving the Western genre a powerful boost Unforgiven does wonders for Eastwood's own profile.
Unforgiven gives us something to think about -- and something to answer for -- and Eastwood was just the man to make it.
While not a pretty picture... Unforgiven is a magnificently realized work. In addition to Eastwood's fine, rough performance, Hackman and Freeman stand out.
Unforgiven is a stark western in slow motion, obsessed with reflection, not action.
Audience Reviews for Unforgiven
Eastwood deconstructs the Western myths with this dark and realistic film devoid of any of that romanticism of the Wild West, and so it is a glorious farewell for the genre with a melancholy score, an epic cinematography and a lot of tension that builds towards a brutal, fantastic ending.
The Western typically glamorises the gun as the period in every sentence, the end of psychology, of philosophy. This film takes a brief overview of some of it's many adherents: the kid, the braggart, the bully and the psycho, in an interesting plotline that draws them all together. Good filmmaking.
A very good Western. Eastwood is grand.
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