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?
Eastwood was not only the star, but he directed the 1992 film, too. It turned out to be one of his finest efforts.
Eastwood is a former gunslinger worn down by life and scraping by as a pig farmer. His success with pigs is rather dubious.
His poor 29-year-old wife died of smallpox. But he credited her with helping him to stop drinking … and killing.
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 want revenge for their wounded woman. They decide to offer a cash bounty to whoever kills the two violent cowboys.
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.
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 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.
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.
Gene Hackman plays the twisted character of Little Bill Daggett. Hackman won Best Supporting Actor for his performance.
Munny's wife just died and he's broke … with two young kids. He needs the money so that he can support the children.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The body count is high for a Western. Nine people perish as the story unfurls onscreen.
After years of sobriety, the murder and mayhem are too much for Munny. He starts drinking again in Big Whiskey.
It didn't win Best Sound. But it did win Best Picture and Best Director, both of which were immensely gratifying for Eastwood.
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 warns the surviving henchmen not to shoot at him. And if they do, he'll not only kill them but their families, too.
It's clear that Eastwood meant "Unforgiven" to be a career-defining moment. He hasn't appeared in any Westerns since 1992.
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.
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.
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.
Few films receive so many ovations. The movie garnered nine Oscar nominations.
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.
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.
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.