One of Eastwood's finest outings to date. Set in Wyoming in the 1880s, William Munny (Clint Eastwood) is a former murderer who, transformed by the love of a good woman, gave up a life of killing to raise a family and try his hand at pig farming. With his wife now dead and his farm a failure, Munny is lured back into his old ways by the "Schofield Kid" (Jaimz Woolvett), an aspiring young gunfighter who brings the older man word of a bounty being offered in the town of Big Whiskey. Munny refuses the young man's offer of partnership but later reconsiders, teaming up with his old sidekick Ned Logan (Morgan Freeman) and setting off to join Schofield. The journey will bring him up against the sheriff of Big Whiskey, "Little Bill" Daggett (Gene Hackman).

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  • The film won four Oscars: Best Picture, Best Director (Eastwood), Best Supporting Actor (Gene Hackman) and Best Editing (Joel Cox). It was nominated for five others, including Eastwood as Best Actor, and received numerous other awards.
  • David Webb Peoples (who also wrote Bladerunner) wrote the original script, then called "The William Munny Killings", about 20 years earlier, and it had been turned down by Gene Hackman. Clint bought the rights and waited until he felt he was old enough to do the part justice.
  • Hackman originally turned down Clint's offer on the grounds that he'd already done too many violent films, but was persuaded that the film would make a powerful anti-violence statement.
  • Richard Harris was watching High Plains Drifter on TV when Clint phoned him to offer the part of English Bob.
  • The pheasants English Bob shoots at from the train weren't introduced to America until 1882, the year after the film is set.
  • Frances Fisher, who appears as Strawberry Alice, was Clint's partner at the time.
  • To add authenticity, Clint wouldn't allow modern vehicles on the set, which again comprised both interiors and exteriors.
  • Although the score was arranged by Lennie Niehaus, the main theme was written by Clint himself.
  • In the U.S. alone, the film grossed over $80 million dollars.
  • The film is dedicated to "Sergio and Don" - Sergio Leone and Don Siegel, two of Clint's greatest influences .

The entire transcript to Unforgiven is now available in two formats. For viewing on the Web try the HTML version. If you plan to print it out, try the text-only version.

William Munny
Little Bill Daggett
Ned Logan
English Bob
The Schofield Kid
W.W. Beauchamp
Strawberry Alice
Delilah Fitzgerald
Quick Mike
Davey Bunting
Skinny Dubois
Little Sue
Cross Creek Kate
Will Munny
Penny Munny
Sally Two Trees
Clyde Ledbetter
Muddy Chandler
German Joe Schultz
Deputy Andy Russell
Charley Hecker
Fatty Rossiter
Eggs Anderson
Tom Luckinbill
Paddy McGee
Thirsty Thurston
Texas Slim
Johnny Foley
Lippy MacGregor
Buck Barthol
Train Passengers
The Shadow
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Clint Eastwood
Gene Hackman
Morgan Freeman
Richard Harris
Jaimz Woolvett
Saul Rubinek
Frances Fisher
Anna Thomson
David Mucci
Rob Campbell
Anthony James
Tara Dawn Frederick
Beverley Elliott
Liisa Repo-Martell
Josie Smith
Shane Meier
Aline Levasseur
Cherrilene Cardina
Robert Koons
Ron White
Mina E. Mina
Henry Kope
Jeremy Ratchford
John Pyper-Ferguson
Jefferson Mappin
Walter Marsh
Garner Butler
Larry Reese
Blair Haynes
Frank C. Turner
Sam Karas
Lochlyn Munro
Ben Cardinal
Philip Hayes
Michael Charrois
Bill Davidson
Paul McLean
James Herman
Michael Maurer
Larry Joshua
George Orrison
Greg Goossen

Executive Producer
Director of Photography
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David Valdes
Clint Eastwood
David Webb Peoples
Jack N. Green
Joel Cox
Lennie Niehaus


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