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  Unforgiven Review
Tookey's Rating
5 /10
Average Rating
6.50 /10
Audrey Hepburn, Burt Lancaster, Lilian Gish
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Directed by: John Huston
Written by: Ben Maddow from Alan le May's novel

Released: 1960
Origin: US
Colour: C
Length: 120


A foundling (Audrey Hepburn) rumoured to be Indian becomes the centre of racial tensions in the Texas Panhandle.

Reviewed by Chris Tookey

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Confusing, ponderous and overblown, Huston's picture has acquired a cult reputation since it was released to many a critical catcall; and it scores surprisingly highly in most modern film guides. There are great moments (and lovely performances by Lillian Gish, Charles Bickford and Audie Murphy), but the two leads are miscast and this is far from a great western.
"Some of my pictures I don t care for, but The Unforgiven is the only one I actually dislike. Despite some good performances, the overall tone is bombastic and over-inflated. Everybody in it is larger than life. I watched it on television one night recently, and after about half a reel I had to turn the damned thing off. I couldn't bear it."
(John Huston)

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