Unforgiven: Eastwood's Last Stand

By: John Miller

"Unforgiven" stars stalwart Western hero Clint Eastwood. Who directs?

Eastwood was not only the star, but he directed the 1992 film, too. It turned out to be one of his finest efforts.

In the movie, Eastwood plays a man named William Munny, who has which occupation?

Eastwood is a former gunslinger worn down by life and scraping by as a pig farmer. His success with pigs is rather dubious.

At the beginning of the movie, Munny is burying his young wife. How did she die?

His poor 29-year-old wife died of smallpox. But he credited her with helping him to stop drinking … and killing.

In Big Whiskey, two cowboys decide to visit a brothel. What do they do?

A prostitute giggles at the small size of one cowboy's penis, and he becomes furious. He slashes her face in retribution.

The other prostitutes are appalled at the violence perpetrated by the two cowboys. What do they do in response?

The other prostitutes want revenge for their wounded woman. They decide to offer a cash bounty to whoever kills the two violent cowboys.

Jaimz Woolvett plays the part of a young character simply known as what?

Jaimz Woolvett is "The Schofield Kid." He rides onto Munny's pig farm and asks him to become his partner in the hunt for the two cowboys that disfigured the prostitute.

How much is the reward for killing the no-good cowboys?

Even in 1880, $1,000 wasn't much money for taking the lives of two men, especially if the money is split two ways. Munny initially says no.

Munny eventually decides to head north to Wyoming to join The Kid. What does he do along the way?

Munny decides to stop and pick up his friend Ned Logan. Logan (played by Morgan Freeman) is leery of the mission but decides to tag along.

The movie's budget was around $14 million. How much did it make at the box office?

It was a blockbuster hit. The movie hauled in around $160 million, great money for a genre that many executives in Hollywood thought was dead and buried.

The sheriff of Big Whiskey is named "Little" Bill Daggett. Who plays the part?

Gene Hackman plays the twisted character of Little Bill Daggett. Hackman won Best Supporting Actor for his performance.

Munny first rejects The Kid's offer to join the bounty hunt. Why does he change his mind?

Munny's wife just died and he's broke … with two young kids. He needs the money so that he can support the children.

Who is English Bob?

English Bob is another gunslinger who wants to claim the bounty. Little Bill has his henchmen beat up English Bob to discourage anyone else from trying to claim the reward.

What happens when Munny arrives in Big Whiskey?

The sheriff sets his deputies onto the would-be bounty hunter. The Kid and Ned escape, but they have to help their partner regain his health before they can stalk the cowboys.

After Munny recovers, the three bounty hunters trail their prey. Who kills the first cowboy?

Munny shoots the cowboy's horse … and then blasts the man in his guts. The man cries out in pain and eventually dies from his wounds.

Of the nine nominations, how many Oscars did the film actually win?

The movie scored big by winning four out of the nine categories in which it earned nominations. It was one of the biggest winners of the year.

After the men kill the first of the two evil cowboys, Ned decides to leave. Why?

Ned decides that he can't stomach anymore killing. He leaves behind The Kid and Munny to finish the job without him, but Little Bill's men ambush and kill him outside of town.

The Kid shoots and kills the second cowboy. Where does he kill him?

Munny spots the man heading to the outhouse and tells The Kid to follow him. The Kid kills the second cowboy to secure the $1,000 bounty.

This an uncouth and violent movie. How many people die during the story?

The body count is high for a Western. Nine people perish as the story unfurls onscreen.

Munny takes up drinking again during the movie.

After years of sobriety, the murder and mayhem are too much for Munny. He starts drinking again in Big Whiskey.

The movie won four Oscars. Which of the following categories did it NOT win?

It didn't win Best Sound. But it did win Best Picture and Best Director, both of which were immensely gratifying for Eastwood.

Eastwood didn't win Best Actor. Who did?

Eastwood's standout performance earned him a Best Actor nomination, but he lost. Al Pacino won thanks to his fine work in "Scent of a Woman."

Munny kills Little Bill to avenge Ned's death. As he rides out of town, what does he do?

Munny warns the surviving henchmen not to shoot at him. And if they do, he'll not only kill them but their families, too.

The film was released in 1992. Since then, in how many Westerns has Clint Eastwood appeared?

It's clear that Eastwood meant "Unforgiven" to be a career-defining moment. He hasn't appeared in any Westerns since 1992.

This is a dark, brooding Western. It takes place mostly in a little town called what?

Most of the violent story unfolds in a Wyoming town called Big Whiskey. But it starts with a scene at Munny's Kansas pig farm.

At the end of the movie, where does Munny go?

Munny takes his share of the reward money, gathers up his children and leaves the farm behind. They move to San Francisco to take up new lives.

What role did David Webb Peoples have in the making of the film?

David Webb Peoples was the writer. He took some heat for the script's ultra-violent, moody scenes that were much starker and realistic than typical Westerns.

"Unforgiven" received rave reviews from critics. It was nominated for how many Academy Awards?

Few films receive so many ovations. The movie garnered nine Oscar nominations.

Much of the film was shot in Canada instead of Hollywood. Why?

The Canadian government offered tax breaks for the production crew. So Eastwood moved the equipment and cast to a remote location in Alberta. Some parts were shot in Arizona.

After securing the script, why did Eastwood wait years before actually making the movie?

Eastwood knew he wanted the lead role, but he felt like he needed to age physically before really fitting the part. He made the right call -- Munny looks weathered and tired in the film.

Which person first had the rights to direct the movie?

Francis Ford Coppola was the first director to have dibs on the story. But when he failed to secure financing, Eastwood grabbed the rights to the script.

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It's a bloody and savage Western unlike any other. "Unforgiven" finds Clint Eastwood warping traditional storylines and turning them into eviscerating scenes that defy the genre. How much do you know about this violent Western film?

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