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Movie : Unforgiven

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A reformed killer is working a small farm, raising his two young children on his own. He’s staying loyal to his departed wife in that he will continue to walk the path of the righteous. It’s not easy for him. He is offered a chance to pick up his gun one more time to collect a bounty on two cowboys who cut a whore. He struggles with the offer but decides to take the job. He’s older and things have changed. Does he still have the killer instinct to do the job especially when he comes up against the law which is run by a sheriff who might be as sadistic as he once was? Saddle up with William Munny and take a ride into destiny.

Clint knows how to tell a story with a camera and he tells a good one here. He does not waste any of the things at his disposal. A good script, perfect locations, fantastic cinematography and top notch casting. The look of the film is part of its appeal. Eastwood and his team create a real time and place that we are swept up in. The story stays focused and we are engaged. He puts some real bumps and warts on this one.

Performances are up to the challenge. From the women in the whore house to the young cowboys and deputies, townsfolk etc. Richard Harris in a supporting role is memorable as English Bob (He even has his own biographer along). All dandy with more than a touch of killer in him.

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I really like Clint’s work in this. You really feel the inner struggle he’s having, the promise to his wife to change his ways. This is a perfect role for him. When the switch goes off and he reverts back to his old ways, Eastwood handles it perfectly. You believe that he was a bad ass at one time.

One of Eastwood’s best choices was to cast Gene Hackman. He is absolutely lights out. Hackman has always been one of my favorite actors and as Little Bill in this movie he solidifies that. No scene chewing maniac just a down to earth scary son of a bitch who thinks he’s a carpenter. Lots going on in this character. Like Munny, he’s trying to change but his past is too deeply rooted in his makeup.  He owns every scene he’s in. Nothing more unnerving than a unpredictable violent man. You have to have the presence, chops and commitment to pull this off. He has it in spades. Great work Gene.

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I hadn’t watched a new Eastwood film for years. Just drifted away from his work. So it took me a while to get to this film because of that. It was more than  a nice surprise, it is a fantastic motion picture (Plus a duster). So many memorable scenes make up this film. Eastwood was firing on all chambers in front and behind the camera. It’s a slow burn with a perfect ending. He made a good one. This flick looks great.

“I’ll see you in hell William Munny”

 

 

44 comments on “Movie : Unforgiven

  1. parkermccoy
    August 23, 2020

    Such a great movie. I remember when he’s sick and telling Ned not to tell his kids any of the things he did. Man, I really felt for the guy there. And the final scene is masterful. I’d recommend this one to anybody. Great post!

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  2. Tommy
    August 23, 2020

    Definitely a classic, great atmosphere and performances, awesome screenplay, and it rings true all through the movie. Nothing not to love about it.

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  3. Vinyl Connection
    August 23, 2020

    I remember being quite impacted by this when I saw it years ago. Couldn’t say I’m really literate in Westerns, but as you neatly describe, Eastwood nailed it. He might only have one character with a couple of variations, but it’s a good ‘un.

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    • cincinnatibabyhead
      August 23, 2020

      I remember reading that they took the original script and re wrote it a few times. Finally after killing it with improvements they went back to the original and that’s what they shot.

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  4. Francisco Bravo Cabrera
    August 23, 2020

    Definitely a masterpiece CB, I enjoyed it

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  5. Jim S.
    August 23, 2020

    I recall that C to the B and I were talking about this flick not all that long ago. (Is there a bigger Western fan that CB?) The main memory of this movie for me is the vicious beatdown Hackman doles out to Harris. Nasty. Clint is 90 years old BTW. The last good movie of his I saw was ‘The Mule’ and before that, ‘J. Edgar.’ He’s done a lot of great stuff plus he’s a jazz fan.

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    • cincinnatibabyhead
      August 23, 2020

      English Bob took a bad one for the team. Little Bill didnt want him or his kind around.
      Clint likes his jazz aand can tickle the keys pretty good.
      As far as the “biggest Western fan” I hear there’s a defensive lineman for the Bears who likes them too. He’s pretty big.

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      • Jim S.
        August 23, 2020

        You are one up on me in regards to the Bears thing. No clue on that one. BTW, let us not forget that Clint directed “Bird.”

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      • cincinnatibabyhead
        August 23, 2020

        Yes ‘Bird’
        Joke Doc as in the guy is BIGGER than CB

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      • Jim S.
        August 23, 2020

        CB is far too witty for me. BTW, I think I just turned our Brit guy Tony on to the Allmans.

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      • cincinnatibabyhead
        August 23, 2020

        Good work. You have a new post?

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      • Jim S.
        August 23, 2020

        Nope. It was a random comment on his site. It wasn’t even intended to get him to listen to them. He asked about Fillmore, I said sure, if you go for that kind of thing. It’s blowing his mind apparently.

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      • cincinnatibabyhead
        August 23, 2020

        Could you imagine really hearing and listening to that for the first time right now. What a mind blowing music experience for him. I guess we had our turn.

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      • Jim S.
        August 24, 2020

        Yeah. With fresh ears. I don’t listen to it as often as I used to but I can still get a thrill out of it.

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      • Jim S.
        August 23, 2020

        It’s his 1996 post if you’re curious

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      • cincinnatibabyhead
        August 23, 2020

        I’ll pop over

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  6. BuriedOnMars
    August 23, 2020

    Oh yeah, new Clint is more miss than hit for me. But he smacked a solid one here. I’d also recommend Gran Turino for one of his better “later in life” movies. Clint basically plays old and PO’d Dirty Harry. Good times.

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    • cincinnatibabyhead
      August 23, 2020

      It’s the same as music, I’ll stay away if things dont appeal and then something will resurface to pull me back in. This film did that.

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  7. 1537
    August 23, 2020

    There are very few more thrilling things than when Clint BECOMES vengeance later on in the film.

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    • cincinnatibabyhead
      August 23, 2020

      Absolutely. The moment he turns is a great piece of film acting. So subtle but so truthful. Scary good. He’s right in the moment on that baby.

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      • 1537
        August 23, 2020

        One of my favourite moments in film.

        Hackman is just brilliant in this film too.

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      • cincinnatibabyhead
        August 23, 2020

        Hackman does the same thing when someone criticized his carpentry. There’s offended and there’s I’m going to physically hurt you offended. What a performance.

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  8. Yeah, Another Blogger
    August 23, 2020

    I’ve thought of watching this one, but never have. You’ve convinced me that I’ve got to do it!

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  9. badfinger20 (Max)
    August 24, 2020

    This one is a classic. I went through an Eastwood phase in the past few years and watched this…a great modern western…I can’t believe I said modern from 1992 but not many are made…

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    • cincinnatibabyhead
      August 24, 2020

      Just watched Appaloosa (Ed Harris) the other night. Pretty good. You’re right about not many made. A few good ones.

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      • badfinger20 (Max)
        August 24, 2020

        Tombstone was great…well at least I thought it was….I’ve never seen Appaloosa.

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      • cincinnatibabyhead
        August 24, 2020

        Brando did an Appaloosa also. I liked it too.

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  10. hotfox63
    August 24, 2020

    I rarely see westerns. But I saw this one. The landscape is terrific, the men pathetic in their helplessness. Without guns they’re fucked.

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    • cincinnatibabyhead
      August 24, 2020

      And a horse.

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      • hotfox63
        August 24, 2020

        But the rider comes hardly in the saddle and doesn’t just fall off the horse once…

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      • cincinnatibabyhead
        August 24, 2020

        You can tell the actors who know how to ride from the ones that dont.

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      • hotfox63
        August 25, 2020

        It’s all right, CB! I just wanted to say that “Unforgiven” is already an anti-western for me. Next would be “Brokeback Mountain” or so.

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  11. deKE
    August 24, 2020

    Saw this one back at the movies when it was first released. Need a revisit. I enjoyed it a ton.

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  12. 1dancequeendq
    August 25, 2020

    I used to see Clint Eastwood films a lot. I like the sound of this one which seems to have got away in other words I missed it. Thanks for posting.

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    • cincinnatibabyhead
      August 25, 2020

      Same thing happened to me. I drifted from Clint. So I skipped it. Glad I watched it. Takes you to a different world and it’s well done. The cinematography is beautiful.

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  13. Tony
    September 3, 2020

    I remember watching this and sitting there with my mouth opening looking for the line in the credits that said “made to tick every box on your list, Tony”

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  14. msjadeli
    September 4, 2020

    One of my favorite Westerns *and* one of my favorite Clint movies. It’s a movie with great heart. Lots of violence and emotional upheaval. I like it for all the reasons you give and also because they were willing to stand up to a p.o.s. that cut on a prostitute. I also loved that young kid that got pulled along with them AND Morgan Freeman! I think the main prostitute in the film was Clint’s wife at the time.

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    • cincinnatibabyhead
      September 5, 2020

      I think Clint hit a home run with this one. The other points you made I totally agree with. I loved the prostitutes in this film. The actresses were truthful and real. You’re right, Frances Fisher was his wife at the time. She was very good. I kind of steered away from his career because of a bunch of his films before this one. I was late to the party but glad I got out of my way and watched it.

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