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[[caption-width-right:350:William Munny has a gun in his hands. This is bad for anyone who isn't William Munny... actually, no, it's bad for him, too.]]

->''"It's a hell of a thing, killing a man. Take away all he's got... all he's ever gonna have."''
-->--'''Will Munny'''

A Western from 1992, written by DavidPeoples, produced and directed by and starring Creator/ClintEastwood.

In the town of Big Whiskey, normal people are trying to lead quiet lives. Cowboys are trying to make a living. Sheriff Little Bill Daggett (Creator/GeneHackman) is trying to build a house and keep a heavy-handed order. The girls of the town's brothel are just trying to get by. But when two cowboys cut up one of the brothel's girls, who goes by the name of Delilah Fitzgerald (Anna Levine), the prostitutes are not satisfied with Little Bill's justice and put out a $1,000 bounty on the heads of both cowboys, Quick Mike and Davey Bunting.

William Munny (Eastwood) is a RetiredGunfighter. Formerly a notorious cold-blooded killer, Munny was persuaded to [[HeelFaceTurn give up his murderous ways]] by his late wife Claudia and became a farmer, living in peace with their two children. However, he is drawn back into a life of killing when [[TheGunfighterWannabe Gunfighter Wannabe]] the Schofield Kid (Jaimz Woolvett) offers to split the reward on the bounty, and Munny accepts to alleviate his family's financial difficulties. Together with his old partner Ned Logan (Creator/MorganFreeman), Munny and the Kid set off on one last job, and in the process run foul of Little Bill. In the ensuing hostilities, the ruthless demon that laid dormant within Munny is unleashed with a vengeance.

A Japanese ForeignRemake starring Creator/KenWatanabe was released in September of 2013.
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!!Provides Examples Of:

* TheAlcoholic: Munny used to be one; he was drunk during his most famous exploits.
* AnimalsHateHim: When he cannot mount his own horse, William Munny claims that his horse is taking revenge on him because he was mean with all the animals in his past. See BadassBoast to know how much Munny had mistreated and killed animals.
* {{Badass}}: William Munny. [[spoiler:He walks into a bar full of armed men intent on killing him, alone, kills five of them, and walks out unharmed.]]
* BadassBoast: "Alright, I'm comin' out. Any man I see out there, I'm gonna kill em! Any sumbitch takes a shot at me, [[AndYourLittleDogToo I'm not only gonna kill him, I'm gonna kill his wife, all his friends, (and) burn his damn house down!]]"
** "You be William Munny outta Missouri. Killer of women and children!" "That's right. [[OmnicidalManiac I killed women and children. Killed just about everything that walks or crawled at one time or another]]. [[spoiler:And I'm here to kill you, Little Bill, for what you did to Ned.]]" Doubles as OhCrap for the rest of the spectators.
** Subverted with English Bob, who tells Beauchamp these beautiful bad ass speeches about his 'exploits'... only to have Little Bill debunk them, noting "The Duck of Death" shot first and InTheBack with most of the gunfights Bob himself started.
* BadassGrandpa: While not technically a grandfather, William Munny is more than old enough to be one.
** DEFINITELY Little Bill, who's even older than Munny. Just watch him when he [[FaceDeathWithDignity stares down the barrel of Munny's shotgun]] and calmly tells his men to kill Munny after he's dead. No matter what you think of him, the man has INCREDIBLE balls.
* BandOfBrothels: When one of theirs is maimed by a bad john, the working girls pool their resources and put a bounty on the wrongdoers' heads, kicking off the action.
* BeingEvilSucks: Since it's not necessarily obvious: [[spoiler:The Schofield Kid has this one pretty bad right before the final showdown WhereItAllBegan]].
* BeingGoodSucks: Kind of. It's noticeable that during his period of trying to be good, Munny is an unsuccessful pig farmer eking out a wretched existence, is wracked by guilt, and comes across as kind of pathetic (note how often he falls off his horse, his beating by Little Bill). After returning to his old ways, he becomes a scarily effective gunfighter and the epilogue indicates he became financially successful. Not to mention that things don't turn out well for Ned after he admits he's lost his stomach for killing and tries to return home.
* BittersweetEnding: [[spoiler: Munny goes back to his old ways and Ned is murdered, but Munny avenges him. And with the money he earns from the bounty on the two cowboys, he's able to move on and make a better life for himself--rumored to be San Francisco, where he prospered in dry goods.]]
-->'''Closing narration''': [[spoiler: ...And there was nothing on the marker to explain to Mrs. Feathers why her only daughter had married a known thief and murderer, a man of notoriously vicious and intemperate disposition.]]
* BlackBestFriend: Ned Logan.
* BlackGuyDiesFirst: [[spoiler:Ned is beaten to death by Little Bill, even though he wasn't the one who fired the fatal shot at cowboy Davey.]]
* BlindWithoutEm: The Schofield Kid, though he never owned any spectacles to begin with.
* BountyHunter: Will Munny, Ned Logan, and The Schofield Kid.
* BringMyBrownPants: The writer wets himself when English Bob is confronted by Little Bill and his men for bringing a gun into town.
* CampingACrapper: How Schofield Kid killed the second cowboy.
* TheCanKickedHim: [[spoiler: The Schofield Kid kills one of the wanted men while he's sitting in an outhouse.]]
* CelibateHero: Will Munny stays faithful to his dead wife.
* ChineseLaborer: Apparently, English Bob earned a living killing them for the railroads.
* ChekhovsGun: Little Bill explains to Beauchamp, at length, about how proper aim trumps speed in a real gunfight. [[spoiler:Illustrated bloodily during the movie's climactic gunfight: Munny systematically guns down the men surrounding him while standing still in a cramped bar due to the fact that everyone's so freaked out by his ruthless execution of the owner and Bill.]]
** Though [[spoiler:Munny]] mentions that it has as much to do with pure luck as anything else.
* DarkerAndEdgier: Of the Western. Even compared to the Creator/SergioLeone's SpaghettiWestern films, this film is DarkerAndEdgier.
* DeadGuyOnDisplay: [[spoiler:Done with Ned. Munny is angry and ready to kill by this point, but seeing Ned's body out in the open like that visibly enrages him further.]] TruthInTelevision-towns often put the unidentified dead out on display as well, in hopes that someone would identify them/claim the bodies.
* {{Deconstruction}}: Of Western movies. Munny himself is a DeconstructedCharacterArchetype of the kinds of characters Clint Eastwood played in the 60s and 70s.
** One aspect of this is how the movie shows Munny dealing with his re-submersion into the violent, dangerous environment he left behind before he became a family man. He doesn't become a more heroic figure, rising to the occasion. Instead, he ''degrades'', with his layers of civility being stripped away until at the end, he's the cold-blooded killer he once was.
** Eastwood’s trademark squint was subject to this too: the Schofield Kid is almost constantly squinting, but it’s just because of his poor eyesight and doesn’t look {{Badass}} in the least.
* DeliberateValuesDissonance: A major part of the film's goal of de-romanticizing the West: racism (whether against Englishmen, "Chinamen" or "injuns") is rampant, prostitutes are seen as the scum of the earth (Skinny refers to the cut-up prostitute as "damaged property") and an exchange of goods is seen as acceptable punishment for slicing them up. Unfortunately, all of this period-appropriate realism makes the fact that Ned's skin color is not even remarked upon, never mind serving as a plot point, extremely jarring. This was heavily criticized by the film's detractors (Ned was presumably not written with Creator/MorganFreeman in mind).
* DimeNovel: W.W. Beauchamp writes these. One example is "The Duke of Death", about English Bob. Little Bill insists on calling it "The Duck of Death".
* DisproportionateRetribution: Davey, the second of the two cowboys whose actions started the plot, attempted to stop his friend from hurting Delilah and when the two of them came to pay compensation to Skinny he attempted to give her a pony as part of a personal apology to her, which the other whores refused to accept out of anger. The whores put a price on his head anyway and he's killed by the protagonists. With a slow gutshot. After they break his leg by shooting his horse out from under him.
** The whole movie is about this: Quick Mike's cutting up of Delilah for laughing at his small penis. Little Bill's refusal to punish him significantly, instead forcing the cowboys to pay horses to ''the saloon owner''. The whores' putting out bounties on the cowboys, little realizing what kind of bounty hunters that would attract. Little Bill beating the crap out of English Bob, not just as a warning to bounty hunters but for personal reasons. The whores refusing Davey's direct apology and gift to Delilah, leaving the bounty on him for Munny to shoot him. [[spoiler:Little Bill torturing poor Ned to death, with the saloon keeper displaying the corpse like a trophy.]] And the final shootout...
-->'''Little Bill''': I don't... deserve to die like this! I was building a house...
-->'''Will Munny''': Deserve's got nothing to do with it...
* DramaticThunder: On Will's appearance in the bar, and after his ultimatum to the entire town of Big Whiskey.
* DrunkenMaster: Munny was drunk during most of his famous exploits. [[spoiler:He drinks a bottle of whiskey before the salon shootout, where he's much more effective then he was previously in the movie.]]
* DyingTruce: William Munny shoots and mortally wounds the cowboy Davey Bunting. Davey becomes thirsty and begs one of his friends to bring him water. His friends are reluctant to do so due to fear of being shot themselves. Munny calls out to them to give Davey some water and promises not to shoot them. One of them believes him and goes to Davey with a canteen.
* EvenEvilHasStandards: After killing the men at the saloon, when a [[WritersSuck writer]] asks him who he chose first, (in an effort to romanticize the brutal events that Munny committed) Munny replies only by threatening him with death. All the players in the movie were eager to justify their DisproportionateRetribution but Munny: he knows that he did evil things once and he’s doing evil things now, and that for that he will go to hell. He will not try to hide that from himself or anyone else.
* EvilCounterpart: English Bob to Will Munny, except he's just a vicious coward who was trying to cash in on his reputation.
** [[AlternateCharacterInterpretation An argument could be made that]], [[GreyAndGreyMorality in as much as 'good' and 'evil' are meaningful concepts in this movie]], Will Munny is the EvilCounterpart to English Bob. Consider the way both of them end their time in the town; English Bob is kicked out in disgrace with his reputation in tatters, exposed as a coward and for all his ineffectual ranting and raving about how he'll return and make them all pay he's basically a joke. Will Munny leaves of his own accord with a room full of bodies behind him, and when he promises that he'll come back and make them all pay if they give him cause to return, there's probably not a person in the town who doubts his sincerity or ability to make good on his threats. Which one's the evil one again?
* EvilVersusEvil
* FauxAffablyEvil: When he's not in KnightTemplar mode, Little Bill can be fun to hang around with. He even takes on the writer English Bob brought into town, who is more fascinated with Bill's tales.
* FaceDeathWithDignity:
** [[spoiler: Little Bill, staring down Will Munny's gun.]]
** [[spoiler:Subverted all to hell with every other death. None of them die cleanly or quickly.]]
* FamousLastWords: "I'll {{see you in Hell}}, William Munny!" ("[[PreMortemOneLiner Yeah...]]" *shoots him*)
* GagPenis: As Little Bill tells Beauchamp, English Bob once killed a man who was nicknamed "Two-Gun Corcoran", though he carried only one gun.
* GossipEvolution: When the Schofield Kid tells Munny about the attack, he says that the cowboys had cut out Delilah's eyes and cut off her ears, neither of which was true. When Munny tells Ned about it, he adds that they cut off her fingers and her breasts.
* GreyAndGrayMorality: None of the main characters are truly heroic or villainous.
* GrievousBottleyHarm: Subverted. Munny attempts it, fails, and he gets his ass kicked for trying.
* TheGunfighterWannabe: The Schofield Kid.
* GunPorn: Most westerns depict everyone carrying a Winchester rifle, a Colt Peacemaker, or a double-barreled shotgun (largely due to the use of the five-in-one blank round in movie production). ''Unforgiven'' features a very wide selection of old-west firearms, and several are identified by name.
* TheGunslinger: If they're not a whore, they're a gunslinger. Or a writer.
** "What, letters and such?"
* HidingTheHandicap: Downplayed, The Schofield Kid tries his best to hide the fact that he has bad eyesight. It doesn't stop Ned from figuring it out real quick.
* HookerWithAHeartOfGold: Certainly Delilah, who is characterized as the sweetest and most innocent of the working girls. Deconstructed with Strawberry Alice, the caring big sister of the group. While she does look after Delilah when she's hurt, she's also eager for revenge and shows no remorse for getting it.
* ImperialStormtrooperMarksmanshipAcademy: Discussed, and ultimately Deconstructed. The deputies in the final showdown panic, blaze away at Munny and hit exactly zip. Munny, on the other hand, keeps a cool head and rations out a bullet for each one.
** That said, at the start of the film Munny is a horrible shot, missing a tin can with all six shots at close range. This leads him to bring a shotgun along just in case. It's only after he discovers that [[spoiler:Ned is dead]], that he gets his old focus back.
** Munny also apparently works best while drunk. He drinks a bottle of whisky (his first in the movie) before entering Skinny's for the showdown.
*** BoozeBasedBuff?
** This is TruthInTelevision: Revolvers of the time were notoriously inaccurate, even at close range. So as Little Bill says, accuracy trumps speed, and in fact shooting faster would likely make it ''less'' accurate, not more. Plus, Munny admits he's "always been lucky in killin' folks."
* InsistentTerminology: Little Bill's insistence on referring to English Bob as the Duck (of Death) rather than the Duke.
** Little Bill and his deputies repeatedly refer to bounty hunters as "assassins" as a kind of insult.
* InstantDeathBullet: Subverted-Munny shoots one of the targets in the gut, and he dies slowly and painfully. [[spoiler: A few of his victims after the final shootout]] can be seen slowly writhing on the floor in obvious agony. [[spoiler: Little Bill]] doesn't die from the first shot either.
* ItsPersonal
* KarmaHoudini: Will is the most notorious outlaw the west had ever seen and he was able to move west without ever really paying for his crimes. [[spoiler: He doesn't receive any punishment for the massacre in the saloon either.]]
** [[spoiler: Munny knows full well he's going to Hell for what he done.]]
-->"We all got it coming, kid."
* KillEmAll: William Munny's solution to everything.
* LoveRedeems: Well, almost. Munny did change his ways for his wife, [[spoiler:but eventually reverted to his old ways after she died.]]
* MassOhCrap: Everyone in Skinny's bar [[spoiler: when they see Will Munny walk in.]]
* MessianicArchetype: His late wife Claudia was – '''is''' – this for William Munny… [[RedemptionFailure in all the extension he can be saved]].
* MilesGloriosus: The Schofield Kid. English Bob is shown to be an excellent pistol marksman (shooting birds in flight from a moving train with a pistol is no mean feat), but he has no stomach for actual fighting.
* MoralityChain: Munny's deceased wife.
* TheMunchausen: English Bob, who tells grand stories about his exploits, only for it to be revealed he's a coward and any truth to the stories has been ''heavily'' embellished. Averted with Little Bill and Munny. Bill is every bit as BadAss as his own stories suggest, and Munny's past actions were actually ''worse'' than the stories themselves, and he promptly tells off Beauchamp when the writer tries to cozy up to him as well (whereas both Bob and Bill enjoyed the audience).
* NobodyPoops: Averted, fatally.
* NoHoldsBarredBeatdown: Little Bill is extremely fond of them.
* NoodleIncident: Will and Ned often talk about their past exploits and [[CrypticBackgroundReference their former gang]].
** Subverted a bit in that Munny was drunk most of the time and doesn't remember all the details either.
* NotSoDifferent: Part of the point of the movie is that the forces of law and order and the forces of criminality and villainy in the Old West often weren't as different as later mythologizing have made them out to be.
* OffTheWagon: Munny has quit drinking, but he drinks a bottle of whisky before the final showdown.
* OhCrap: First by Little Bill when Munny confronts him in the saloon, then by Munny as his weapon misfires.
** The Schofield Kid gets one when he hears [[spoiler: that he's the only friend Will has.]]
* OneLastJob: Gone horribly, horribly wrong.
* OneSteveLimit: Averted; although it's easy to overlook, both the protagonist and the antagonist have the same first name.
* OohMeAccentsSlipping: An in-universe version; English Bob, who normally speaks with a plummy upper-crust accent, slips into Cockney when suddenly confronted by Little Bill and his posse. Apparently he's pretending to be an upper-class gent when he's really from the gutter (an early indication is when he says "I thought you was dead" before correcting himself to the more "correct" "you were".)
* OscarBait
* ParentalNeglect: Munny leaves his two young children to fend for themselves while he risks his life to collect the bounty.
* PersonaNonGrata: After beating and jailing English Bob, Little Bill sends him off on a wagon going out of town with a warning never to return.
-->'''Little Bill''': I suppose you know, Bob, if I ever see you again I'm just going to start shooting and figure it was self-defense.
* PetTheDog: By the end, the entire film feels like one of these.
** After shooting a man, who is lying in agony begging for a drink of water, Will Munny shouts out to the man's friends to "Give him a drink of water for Christ's sake! We ain't gonna shoot!" This might also be a MercyKill, since when you have a wound in the guts, a drink of water will end your misery rather fast.
* PlatonicProstitution: Just for Munny, though. His partners readily take "advances".
* PosthumousCharacter: TheLostLenore--Claudia Munny was dead before the beginning, but Munny will talk about her whenever he has any chance. At the end of the movie we know how much her character influenced him and the whole story.
* PsychoForHire: Played with. Munny is brought onto the job mostly for his reputation as one, but doesn't do much to live up to it. [[spoiler:[[ItsPersonal But then Bill tortures Ned to death,]]]] and Munny demonstrates how he earned that reputation long ago.
* PreMortemOneLiner: Averted when Munny [[spoiler:kills Little Bill. Little Bill says "I'll SeeYouInHell, William Munny," and instead of dashing off a clever retort, Munny simply replies "Yeah..."]]
* PunctuatedPounding: Little Bill gives one to English Bob and later one to Munny.
* QuickDraw: Mostly subverted; the ones who draw and start blazing away without taking time to properly aim end up dead while a slower, but more accurate, gunfighter shoots them. {{Lampshaded}} by Little Bill when he's talking to the writer.
-->'''Little Bill:''' Look here. ''*draws quickly but not overly fast*'' That's about as fast as I can draw and aim and hit anything more than ten feet away. Unless it's a barn.
* QuickNip
* ARealManIsAKiller: The whole point of the film is to point out that you'd have to be pretty cold-blooded or crazy to work as a gunfighter.
** An alternate point (which the Schofield Kid seems to get) is that killing someone costs the killer almost as much as the victim.
* {{Reconstruction}}: while the movie is primarily a {{Deconstruction}} the final fight scene is more or less played straight and Munny isn't portrayed as in the wrong. WordOfGod says that the movie wasn't so much violence is bad as it is violence is complex and only applicable in certain situations.
** Something of a BrokenAesop in that case: [[spoiler: While Little Bill went too far in killing Ned and is repeatedly portrayed as a sadist who takes pleasure in doling out his version of justice, he believed the man he killed had murdered the babyfaced and relatively innocent—but still guilt-ridden—Davey in cold blood just for a quick pay-off. Munny convinced Ned to come along and help him commit a couple of contract killings despite the latter's misgivings; who's really responsible for getting him killed?]]
* RedemptionFailure: Munny is a former badman, who tried to make a go at being a farmer. When his farm fails he decides to take just one more job and for a time goes back to his old ways. (Although it's hinted at at the end that he eventually returned to a mundane life once more.)
** Little Bill, too. By his own admission he is a bad man, but he's trying to make a go of it by being a sheriff. He just happens to piss off the wrong assassin.
* RedLightDistrict: Well, there's a brothel. It does turn up a lot in the film, though.
* ReliablyUnreliableGuns:
** Misfiring guns feature prominently in both the backstory and the climax, which is more appropriate for the time period, in which lower quality guns and ammo were more common. The rainy night of the climax might also have played a factor.
** Little Bill, when telling W.W. Beauchamp the real story about how English Bob killed Two-Gun Corcoran, explains that Corcoran's [[RareGuns Walker Colt]] exploded on him, allowing Bob to get the drop on him. [[ShownTheirWork This was a problem that]] [[TruthInTelevision Walker Colts really had.]]
* RetiredMonster: There's a reason why Will Munny is Unforgiven. He doesn't seem to really regret his previous life all that much, except when it comes to his deceased wife. But then[[spoiler:[[RoaringRampageOfRevenge Munny got pissed at what they did to Ned.]]]]
** Little Bill describes both English Bob and himself as bad men, implying he thinks they both are this
* RetiredGunfighter: Both Will Munny and Ned Logan were retired and had families, until the Kid convinced them to come.
* ShroudedInMyth:
** William Munny. Funnily enough, it seems that the real facts about Will Munny's exploits are more fantastical than the urban legends.
** English Bob is a subversion. While he does seem to have some genuine skills (shooting a bird in flight from a moving train with a pistol is pretty damn impressive), it seems likely that most of his exploits are padded.
** Subverted also when The Schofield Kid is babbling about his kill. "He reached for his gun and I shot him." In truth the dead man had his hands raised, and his gun was well out of reach.
*** Which is probably how most of the myths come around. What the kid said was true but he was semi-coherent and missed the middle part (the dead man reached for his gun, his gun moved out of reach as the door opened, he tried raising his hands instead and the kid shot him with his hands raised). There's also probably a bit of [[UnreliableNarrator selective rewriting of history going on]] in the process, since given the mood the Kid is in he would probably rather remember (and have others remember) that he shot a man who was preparing to shoot ''him'' rather than that he shot an unarmed and entirely defenseless man.
* SlidingScaleOfIdealismVersusCynicism: Mostly to the cynicism side.
* SaloonOwner: Skinny [[spoiler: decides to put Ned's corpse on display (or was told to by Little Bill), prompting Munny to blow him down with a shotgun and deliver one of the best lines of his career: "He should've armed himself, if he's gonna decorate his saloon with my friend."]]
* ATasteOfTheLash: Little Bill captures Ned and wants information, immediately breaking out the whip. [[spoiler:Ned does not survive.]]
* TeenyWeenie: The tragic events of the movie begin when Delilah is attacked by Quick Mike because she laughed at his small penis.
* TheyFightCrime: By killin' folks.
* ThrowAwayGuns: Clyde, one Little Bill's deputies, carries three guns for this reason. He has only one arm and would be unable to reload in a fight.
* UnreliableNarrator: In keeping with the overall {{Deconstruction}} of the Western, a running theme throughout the movie is that many of the characters are either actively trying to rewrite their pasts in order to make them seem better than they were, or have hazy recollections of them to begin with. These fraudulent and flawed recollections then go on to become myths of the west.
* UnusualEuphemism: "[[TheOldestProfession Billiards]]."
* VillainByProxyFallacy: The working girls put out a $1,000 bounty on the heads of two cowboys, Quick Mike and Davey Bunting. While this is understandable in Mike's case (he cut up one of the prostitutes pretty badly), Davey's only crime is his poor choice of friends.
* VillainyDiscretionShot: Judging from the details given on their backstories, English Bob, Munny, and Ned did some pretty horrific things in the past. Part of the reason Munny and Ned can remain sympathetic is that those things are only described, not shown.
* WellIntentionedExtremist:
** [[TheSheriff Little Bill]] genuinely believes that what he does is for the greater good. He probably [[BloodKnight enjoys it]] a bit more than he should, though.
** The Schofield Kid, arguably: he continually asserts that the two cowboys "had it coming", even while bawling his eyes out from guilt. Munny replies that "We all have it coming, kid".
* TheWestern
* WhatDoesSheSeeInHim: Will Munny and his wife. As the opening narration says: "She was a comely young woman and not without prospects. Therefore it was heartbreaking to her mother that she would enter into marriage with William Munny, a known thief and murderer, a man of notoriously vicious and intemperate disposition."
* WhatMeasureIsAMook: Little Bill's deputies get a lot of screen time talking about random stuff, showing they are just a bunch of OK guys just doing their jobs.
* WhereAreTheyNowEpilogue: Will took the kids and left for San Francisco where he prospered in selling dry goods.
* AWorldHalfFull: This tale seems to be told in a CrapsackWorld... until we realize that [[spoiler: Claudia]] has been dead for years and she still has influence over Munny... it could be said that this is her tale... how she still manages to be the only light in the TheWestern darkness.
* WouldHitAGirl / WouldHurtAChild: Munny admits that he killed women and children.
* WrongGenreSavvy: The writer who follows Little Bill Daggett around seems to think he's in a simple white hats versus black hats world...whereas it's more akin to a WorldHalfEmpty.
** Arguably nearly everyone in the movie other than Munny and Little Bill, for the same reason mixed with a lot of [[RealityEnsues ugly truth about reality]] of actually living in a 1960's Western.
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