Video Release: June 1, 2010
Studio: Warner Home Video
- Runtime: 135 minutes
- NTSC (Canada and USA)
- Originally in English
Clint Eastwood's tenth western and sixteenth directorial effort explores the darker side of the myths of the old west. When retired gunslinger Bill Munny accepts a $500 offer to shoot two men who viciously knifed a prostitute, he discovers just how difficult it is to escape his past as a notorious outlaw.
A sadistic, dictatorial sheriff enforces gun control on a tiny frontier town, meting out his own brand of due process as he sees fit. When he denies justice to the prostitutes of the town brothel, one of whom has been slashed by a client, the women hire a reformed gunslinger to gain vengeance; the shootist must contend with his new moral code in the midst of the life he left behind. Academy Award Nominations: 8, including Best Actor--Clint Eastwood. Academy Awards: 3, including Best Picture, Best Director, Best Supporting Actor--Gene Hackman.
Filmed in Brooks, Drumheller, Stettler, and Longview, Alberta, Canada and Sonora California. Shot in Panavision using Technicolor. Eastwood dedicated "Unforgiven" "to Sergio (Leone) and Don (Siegel)," two directors who served as his most important mentors. Released theatrically in the USA August 7, 1992. Named to the "Top Ten" lists of 243 film critics. Available to buy in the UK (widescreen version). Clint Eastwood was awarded the Irving Thalberg Memorial Award at the March 27, 1995 Academy Award Ceremonies. It was presented to him by Arnold Schwarzenegger.