Unforgiven (1992)

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After killing the first cowboy, Ned (Freeman) breaks down and decides to leave Will (Eastwood) and The Schofield Kid (Woolvett). While riding away, Little Bill's (Hackman) boys catch Ned and question him. The Schofield Kid kills the second cowboy. He also breaks down and admits that it was the first person he ever killed and that he was lying before. When receiving the money, one of the whores tells Will that Ned was killed and used for a sign in front of Greely's Bar. This infuriates Will. He travels to the bar, where he shoots Smokey, the owner of the bar. Will gets in a shootout with Little Bill and his men. One of Bill's men gets away. W.W. Beauchamp (Rubinek) pretends to have an interest in what Will just did and angers Will. Little Bill who survived being shot the first time, tries to shoot Will again, but fails. Will executes him with a bullet to the head. Will threatens the town's people as he leaves. The final epilogue states that Will moved to San Francisco with his children, and that there was no mark on Claudia Feathers' grave explaining to her mother why she married Will, a murderer with a dark and intemperate disposition.

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Continuity mistake: In the final shoot-out scene where Clint Eastwood kills 5 men in rapid succession, Clint crouches and exchanges gunfire with two deputies who are standing side-by-side. A blood stain suddenly appears on the abdomen of the younger deputy on the left, but there is no bullet hole, it does not coincide with any gunshot sound effect, and the deputy does not react to the wound. A moment later, as Clint continues firing, both deputies topple over backwards.

Charles Austin Miller

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Trivia: The movie is supposedly set in early summer (July 4th and thereabout) yet autumn leaves, and at one time a morning snowfall, are seen throughout the film. The movie was actually filmed in southern Alberta during September and October.

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Question: Why was Little Bill so protective of the two cowboys that had bounties on their heads? And why was he so vengeful when they were both killed? He didn't know them.

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Chosen answer: I think Little Bill takes offense to this sort of thing taking place in his town on his watch. He tells Mr. Beauchamp while he is writing his biography something like, "I do not like assassins, or men of low character."

Answer: Little Bill wanted to be sure that the cowboys would live at least long enough to pay compensation to the owner of the saloon/brothel for disfiguring one of the prostitutes; Bill became furious when the cowboys were killed because they would never be able to make good on their agreement of compensation.


The cowboys bring in their ponies and pay off their debt early in the film. "Davey Boy" even brings in an extra pony especially for Delilah, which he calls the "best in the lot." (Which the other whores promptly reject and begin throwing dung at them). Both cowboys are killed long after they pay their debt to Skinny.

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