Clint Eastwood’s 1992 Western classic “Unforgiven” won four Oscars, including Best Picture, Best Supporting Actor (Gene Hackman), Best Director, and Best Film Editing. Given all these features, you’d find yourself a fresh movie with a lot of ambition.
The movie takes place in Big Whiskey, Wyoming of 1880, where a prostitute (Anna Levine, formally known as Anna Thomson) gets attacked by two cowboys (Rob Campbell and David Mucci), who slice her face up. Eastwood plays Bill Munny, a widowed and retired gunslinger, who is asked by a youngster called the Schofield Kid (Jaimz Woolvett) to help him track down the criminals.
While struggling to get back on his feet, Bill reunites with his old friend Ned Logan (Morgan Freeman), another retired gunslinger, who joins him on his trek. However, the sheriff Little Bill Daggett (Hackman) is very serious about “No Guns” law, and is angry to find out about their intention to kill the criminals.
“Unforgiven” is groundbreaking entertainment. Eastwood does an excellent job as both the director and Bill Munny; and he adds the same relish he as always offered. Hackman plays a character you love to hate, and he is first-rate in that role. Richard Harris adds a nice cameo as English Bob, who comes to town, when the prostitutes offer a reward for anyone who captures the criminals, but ends up getting attacked by Daggett. Freeman is undeniably fantastic as Ned Logan. And Woolvett plays the Schofield Kid very well. All of these are great actors in a great movie. I won’t go into the convincing set designs of the old west, but this movie looks like a classic.
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Also at the Film Forum in New York City From August 4 to August 10