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Directed by: Clint Eastwood
Starring: Clint Eastwood, Morgan Freeman, Gene Hackman, Frances Fisher
Unforgiven ranked # 98 on the American Film Institute's Top 100 American Films list.
Unforgiven is a 1992 Western film which tells the story of a retired gunslinger who takes on one more job for the money.
It stars Clint Eastwood, Gene Hackman, Morgan Freeman, Richard Harris, Jaimz Woolvett, Saul Rubinek and Frances Fisher.
The movie was written by David Webb Peoples and directed by Eastwood.
It won Academy Awards for Best Actor in a Supporting Role (Gene Hackman), Best Director, Best Film Editing and Best Picture. It was also nominated for Best Actor in a Leading Role (Clint Eastwood), Best Art Direction-Set Decoration, Best Cinematography, Best Sound and Best Writing, Screenplay Written Directly for the Screen.
It was inducted into the United States National Film Registry in 2004.
Eastwood dedicated the movie to former directors and mentors Don Siegel and Sergio Leone.
A major subtheme of the film is the hero worship of Wild West gunslingers. In the West, men who can handle themselves in gunfights have the power, and they are celebrities. W.W. Beauchamp is deeply impressed by them, even to the point of writing English Bob's biography, in dime novel form. Beauchamp is actually responsible for much of English Bob's celebrity, magnifying his exploits in the Duke of Death. However, English Bob is only a hired gun for the railroad, paid "to kill Chinamen" for bounty. Their reputation precedes them and Beauchamp basks in it himself as English Bob's companion.
Critical response was generally very positive. The film makes appearances in both the IMDb top 250, and the American Film Institute's 100 years, 100 movies. In 2005, Time.com named it one of the 100 best movies of the last 80 years.
Many critics acclaimed the film for its noir-ish moral ambiguity and atmosphere. They also acclaimed it as a fitting elegy to the western genre. It was also admitted to the National Film Registry, and is one of the few westerns in the registry.
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