Release Date: August 07, 1992
Audience: Adults & older teens
Runtime: 130 minutes
Distributor: Warner Brothers
Director: Client Eastwood
Producer: David Webb Peoples
Writer: Client Eastwood
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(LLL, VVV, SSS, A/D, H, M) 58 obscenities & 17 profanities; excessive violence (a woman's face is slashed repeatedly with a knife, frequent shootings (many in cold blood), beatings, kickings, etc.); fornication, sexual immorality (story revolves around Old West brothel) and semi-nudity; drinking & drunkenness; revisionist history; and, revenge motif.
In his film, UNFORGIVEN, Client Eastwood transforms the heroic Western into an ironic tale about a killer who can't escape his past. Set in Big Whisky, Wyoming, in the late 1800's, UNFORGIVEN follows the exploits of a killer who tried to settle down, but returns to his craft to gain the reward offered for avenging the mutilation of a prostitute's face. UNFORGIVEN portrays a depressing, existential world, where man is at the mercy of hostile forces which force him to commit heinous crimes to survive. Not only does this portrait of the Old West demean history, it also fails as entertainment for want of a satisfying climax.
In his film, UNFORGIVEN, Client Eastwood transforms the heroic Western into an ironic tale about a killer who can't escape his past. Set in Big Whisky, Wyoming, in the 1800's, UNFORGIVEN opens in a brothel where a cowboy slashes a prostitute's face while his friend watches. When Little Bill, the sheriff, merely reprimands the culprits, the prostitutes raise money to avenge the crime. The "Scofield Kid" contacts William Munny, a killer who has settled down, to join him in the bounty hunt. Munny does so reluctantly having promised his late wife that his killing days were over. On the way, he picks up his partner, Ned. When they arrive, Little Bill beats Munny mercilessly. After Munny recovers, he kills one of the cowboys. Little Bill's men catch Ned and whip him to death. Meanwhile, the Kid kills the slasher. When Munny finds out about Ned, he takes on the sheriff and his cohorts.
UNFORGIVEN portrays a hopeless, depressing, existential world, where man is at the mercy of hostile forces which force him to commit heinous crimes to survive. Though this portrait of the Old West demeans history, it does capture the despair of those modern humanists who are truly without hope. Ultimately, UNFORGIVEN fails as entertainment for want of a satisfying climax. Eastwood fans who are expecting a cathartic experience will only find despair.