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  Unforgiven Review
Tookey's Rating
8 /10
Average Rating
8.80 /10
Clint Eastwood , Gene Hackman , Morgan Freeman
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Directed by: Clint Eastwood
Written by: David Webb Peoples

Released: 1992
Origin: US
Colour: C
Length: 131

An old gunfighter (Clint Eastwood) is reluctantly brought out of retirement to avenge the disfigurement of a prostitute. His chief adversaries are a corrupt sheriff (Gene Hackman) and a British assassin (Richard Harris).
Reviewed by Chris Tookey

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The storyline is deceptively slight, contains logical flaws and "politically correct" anachronisms (surely someone in the Old West would have mentioned that Morgan Freeman is black?). It leaves some people disappointed. Nevertheless, this is one of Eastwood's best films, and covers two of his favourite subjects: masculinity under threat, and the nature of heroism. Seldom has violence been shot in such a dark, mythic, alluring way: this reflects the central theme, which is the corrupting nature of violence. Eastwood rightly got most of the credit for directing this impressive western which finally won him respectability and a best Film Oscar - but hes helped by Jack N. Green's Oscar-nominated photography, Joel Cox's sharp editing (which won an Academy Award), and a dream supporting cast. Also nominated were the art direction and sound. Winner of the London Film Critics' award as Film of the Year.

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