The town of Big Whiskey is full of nornal people trying to lead quiet lives. Cowboys try to make a living. Sheriff "Little Bill" Daggett (Gene Hackman) tries to build a house and keep a heavy-handed order. The town whores just try to get by. Then a couple of cowboys cut up a whore. Unsatisfied with Bill's justice, the prostitutes put a bounty on the cowboys. The bounty attracts a young gun billing himself as "The Schofield Kid" (Jaimz Woolvett) and aging killer William Munny (Clint Eastwood). Munny reformed for his young wife, and has been raising crops and two children in peace. But his wife is gone. Farm life is hard. And Munny is no good at it. So he calls his old partner Ned Logan (Morgan Freeman), saddles his ornery nag and rides off to kill one more time, blurring the line between heroism and villainy, man and myth.
Even though I've seen four Westerns prior to Unforgiven, this takes the cake as the best of the bunch. Even though Daggett is a lawman and people respect him, I think they also fear him for his sadistic ways on enforcing the law. I learned one important thing from watching Unforgiven: you DO NOT mess with Eastwood.
My Rating: *****