The Unforgiven (1960)

 


 

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The neighbors of a frontier family turn on them when it is suspected that their adopted daughter was stolen from the local Kiawa tribe. Full summary »

Genre: Drama,Romance,Western

The Unforgiven (1960)
   
Release Date: 6 April 1960 (USA)
Country: USA
Director: John Huston
Cast:
  • Burt Lancaster
  • Audrey Hepburn
  • Audie Murphy
  • John Saxon
  • Charles Bickford
  • Lillian Gish
  • Albert Salmi
  • Joseph Wiseman
  • June Walker
  • Kipp Hamilton
  • Arnold Merritt
  • Doug McClure
  • Carlos Rivas


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24 Responses to The Unforgiven (1960)

  1. icyrain
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    John Ford himself said he hated the movie and I can see why–Between Wiseman’s non-stop diatribes and the filming of the absolute worst scenery in any western,I’m surprised that this pointless depressing film was even ever released–and I’m a big western fan

  2. robschmidt
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    The half-breed Johnny Portugal (played by John Saxon) comes off reasonably well, enduring racist taunts with quiet dignity. The Kiowas initially seem human as they negotiate for Rachel’s return, but they turn into unrelenting animals as they throw away their lives in a vain attempt to retrieve her.

    Several reviewers noted that "The Unforgiven" has a story and theme similar to that of "The Searchers". The racist depiction of Indians that ultimately outweighs any message of tolerance is also similar. This was an era of changing values, when moviemakers couldn’t decide whether Indians were good or bad.

    See the full review at http://www.bluecorncomics.com/2007/06/review-of-unforgiven.html.

  3. pero_k2
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    This film is not only bad, it has made me re-appraise John Huston as a director. It is racist to a point that beggars belief. To define racist in this context, it presents the white settlers as having a superior, over-riding right to life than the Indians. The film’s most openly racist character, Cash, turns into a gun-toting hero, able to out-fight a dozen Indians.

    Until I saw this film, I would say John Huston was possibly my favourire director. But, this was a truly vile justification for the near extermination of the native American peoples. It made me feel sick to watch it.

  4. JMilam9977-1
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    Just could be one of the best western movies ever made.

  5. lostinaction
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    I didn’t know that there was such a tragedy with Audrey Hepurn during this movie. No wonder that John Huston hated this movie.

    "Well, nobody’s perfect."

  6. DawnMuse29
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    The musical score for this film was totally wrong for it. It almost seemed like Tiomkin switched scores with some contemporary film. I could see it as a score for a story taking place in the 1960’s or later.

    Didn’t Huston realize this?

  7. donkeyfur
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    Does anyone know the name of Rachel’s horse in the movie? Also, do you know what the name means? Thank you.

  8. klramsey123-1
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    I must have missed something. At the hanging they wanted to undress Audrey to see if she was Indian. How would that have told them? And, what was she looking at in the mirror that told her?

  9. RudolfhetRendier
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    If it was shot in foto, not film. Looks great!

  10. scarletto_hare
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    i mean it seems to me, though i may interpret it wrong that they know about the man following them around and the rumours that he starts for years. dont you think it might occur to them that if he continuously is following them over the years that there might be some truth to what he says?

    also it Andy doesnt seem to have as much a problem with Native Americans as Cash does. so even though Cash comes back, i was just thinking do you think he would accept Rachel marrying Ben? and would he treat Rachel the same way?

    just some thoughts

    "The only Abnormality is the incapacity to love"

  11. DIONHEATHER
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    What was she thinking? Wasn’t he a retard?

  12. wtl471629
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    The are two chances that day as it starts first at 7:45 A.M. EST and is shown again at 5:50 P.M. EST. Please check your local tv guides to be sure of the times in your area. I think it is a good western worth watching even though it isn’t a great one considering the great director and great cast. Still it is worth checking it out for yourself. I know some people that thought it was great and others that thought it was terrible.

  13. wtl471629
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    He should have got more critical aclaim than he got. He more than held his own against Burt Lancaster (who was to win the oscar for Elmer Gantry), Audry Hepburn (former oscar winner), great silent movie star Lilian Gish who also made many great sound movies, and former nominee Charles Bickford.

    There were several great supporting role nominees that year so I would have hated to been the one to eliminate one of them but still he deserved strong consideration.

  14. Vlam-2
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    Ok, I’m not big expert of US history (Wild West, cowboys, indians, and such), so this questions may be very stupid, but I really would like to understand…

    What’s the meaning of that scene where Rachel ‘paints’ herself? I mean, is there any particular meaning of that mark, or she just marked herself as ‘non-white’?

    And why in the world Ben didn’t let Rachel go out to indians? Why he didn’t let her deal with them on her own and decide whether she want to go/stay or not? Don’t seem they wanted to harm her…

  15. EclecticFanatic
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    I missed the ending and am dying to know how what happened. How did they get out of the burning cabin?

    Thanks for your help!

  16. Bobster21
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    Hard to believe that "Dr. No" was dusty, ghost-like Abe Kelsey.

  17. Kraftzy
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    I’ve just noticed that the main actors in this film have all passed.

    What a great cast though.

  18. jaws8492
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    I thought this was a boring movie, except for Lillian Gish’s speeches and when she hangs Joseph Wiseman.

  19. wtl471629
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    It is well worth seeing and has a great cast. Audie Murphy was terrific in it and should have got an oscar nomination as best supporting actor.

  20. tomcat69w
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    I saw this great movie upon it’s first run here in the USA in 1960,…and I tell ya’ folk’s,…from the early sixties, on into the seventies, there is hardly any other movie so hauntingly beautiful in all aspect’s of this film which is totally ‘Unforgetable’ IMHO. Sure there were other great flicks,…the first one that in a weird way has a ‘similar’ ‘racist’ slant that comes to mind is "To Kill A Mockingbird" A Gem of Cinema directed by John Huston,….and I still get ‘goosebump’s’ thinking back to those innocent days of my youth when my sister and I would walk to the movie theater from our home without worry of anything. I guess at the tender age of 6,…I did not even think of such thing’s as possibly being kidnapped or,…

    In those days living in a small town, we had very little worries and even less to be afraid. But this movie has stayed with me all these 45+ years since and I absolutley love it. From the music to the acting, the cinematography etc. etc. One Helluva great time at the movies! Rock On!

    The Smoker You Drink, The Player You Get!

  21. allentbone
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    I have to admit I really liked this movie and was pleasantly surprised after reading some of the bad comments. The music, cinematography and direction was quite outstanding not to mention the star-power. But that dialogue where Ben first talks to the Kiowas was kind of funny. The actors playing the 3 Kiowas were bad enough speaking the usual Hollywood stereo-typed "Injun" broken English but when Lancaster started spouting phrases like "Him crazy" and "They burned, by you!" and hand gesturing it temporarily brought this film down to the level of the ancient cheapy Saturday afternoon western serials from Republic pictures and other "poverty row" studios.

  22. Anonymous
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  23. irritated
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    This film was an enormous disappointment. Audrey Hepburn, so frequently effervescent and incredible, is overwrought and completely unbelievable as Rachel, and the rest of the cast can barely hold their lines together. Coming out of the 60s–an era of amazing innovation and emotional honesty in cinema–this period piece felt like a poorly acted melodrama in comparison to the cinematic gems that surrounded it.
    Avoid, unless you like unintentionally comedic faux-westerns

  24. justintime
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    Finally found this movie. After all the bad reviews, I’ll have to wathc it again. Saw this movie 4 times in two years at the drive-in. Folks kept forgetting the name of the movie. It went from a second feature to a first feature to a third feature. I loved it. I thought it was very scary at 8 years old. This was the ultimate “cowboy/indian” movie.

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