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Plot, Details & Awards

Unforgiven

(1992)

Rated R for language, and violence, and for a scene of sexuality.

R In Theaters 08/7/1992 , 135min.
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Plot & Details

Dedicated to his mentors Sergio Leone and Don Siegel, Clint Eastwood's 1992 Oscar-winner examines the mythic violence of the Western, taking on the ghosts of his own star past. Disgusted by Sheriff "Little Bill" Daggett's decree that several ponies make up for a cowhand's slashing a whore's face, Big Whiskey prostitutes, led by fierce Strawberry Alice (Frances Fisher), take justice into their own hands and put a $1000 bounty on the lives of the perpetrators. Notorious outlaw-turned-hog farmer William Munny (Eastwood) is sought out by neophyte gunslinger the Schofield Kid (Jaimz Woolvett) to go with him to Big Whiskey and collect the bounty. While Munny insists, "I ain't like that no more," he needs the bounty money for his children, and the two men convince Munny's clean-living comrade Ned Logan (Morgan Freeman) to join them in righting a wrong done to a woman. Little Bill (Oscar-winner Gene Hackman), however, has no intention of letting any bounty hunters impinge on his iron-clad authority. When pompous gunman English Bob (Richard Harris) arrives in Big Whiskey with pulp biographer W.W. Beauchamp (Saul Rubinek) in tow, Little Bill beats Bob senseless and promises to tell Beauchamp the real story about violent frontier life and justice. But when Munny, the true unwritten legend, comes to town, everyone soon learns a harsh lesson about the price of vindictive bloodshed and the malleability of ideas like "justice." "I don't deserve this," pleads Little Bill. "Deserve's got nothin' to do with it," growls Munny, simultaneously summing up the insanity of western violence and the legacy of Eastwood's Man With No Name.

Awards

Academy Awards

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
1992 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Sound Les Fresholtz Nominated
1992 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Sound Rob Young Nominated
1992 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Art Direction Janice Blackie-Goodine Nominated
1992 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Art Direction Henry Bumstead Nominated
1992 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Supporting Actor Gene Hackman Won
1992 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Actor Clint Eastwood Nominated
1992 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Director Clint Eastwood Won
1992 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Cinematography Jack N. Green Nominated
1992 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Sound Dick Alexander Nominated
1992 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Picture Clint Eastwood Won
1992 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Original Screenplay David Peoples Nominated
1992 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Sound Verne Poore Nominated
1992 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Editing Joel Cox Won

British Academy of Film and Television Arts

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
1992 British Academy of Film and Television Arts Best Original Screenplay David Peoples Nominated
1992 British Academy of Film and Television Arts Best Picture Clint Eastwood Nominated
1992 British Academy of Film and Television Arts David Lean Award Clint Eastwood Nominated
1992 British Academy of Film and Television Arts Best Supporting Actor Gene Hackman Nominated
1992 British Academy of Film and Television Arts Best Cinematography Jack N. Green Nominated

Golden Globes

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
1992 Hollywood Foreign Press Association Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture Gene Hackman Won
1991 Hollywood Foreign Press Association Best Director Clint Eastwood Won
1992 Hollywood Foreign Press Association Best Screenplay David Peoples Nominated
1992 Hollywood Foreign Press Association Best Picture - Drama Nominated

American Film Institute

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
1998 American Film Institute 100 Greatest American Movies Won

British Academy of Film and Television Arts

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
1992 British Academy of Film and Television Arts Best Original Screenplay David Peoples Nominated
1992 British Academy of Film and Television Arts Best Picture Clint Eastwood Nominated
1992 British Academy of Film and Television Arts David Lean Award Clint Eastwood Nominated
1992 British Academy of Film and Television Arts Best Supporting Actor Gene Hackman Nominated
1992 British Academy of Film and Television Arts Best Cinematography Jack N. Green Nominated

Directors Guild of America

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
1992 Directors Guild of America Best Director Clint Eastwood Won

Los Angeles Film Critics Association

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
1991 Los Angeles Film Critics Association Best Picture Won
1991 Los Angeles Film Critics Association Best Supporting Actor Gene Hackman Won
1991 Los Angeles Film Critics Association Best Director Clint Eastwood Won
1991 Los Angeles Film Critics Association Best Screenplay David Peoples Won
1991 Los Angeles Film Critics Association Best Actor Clint Eastwood Won

National Board of Review

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
1992 National Board of Review Best Picture Nominated

National Society of Film Critics

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
1992 National Society of Film Critics Best Supporting Actor Gene Hackman Won
1992 National Society of Film Critics Best Actor - Runner-up Clint Eastwood Won
1992 National Society of Film Critics Best Screenplay David Peoples Won
1991 National Society of Film Critics Best Picture Won
1991 National Society of Film Critics Best Supporting Actor Gene Hackman Won
1992 National Society of Film Critics Best Picture Won
1991 National Society of Film Critics Best Director Clint Eastwood Won
1992 National Society of Film Critics Best Director Clint Eastwood Won
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