Unforgiven
1992
*****
Director: Clint Eastwood
Cast: Clint Eastwood, Gene Hackman, Morgan Freeman, Richard Harris

Clint Eastwood’s soft and lyrical Western is one of the finest films in its genre. David Webb Peoples wrote his insightful script in the 1970s but Clint waited until he was old enough to play the aging reformed killer who agrees to resort to his old skills to support his family. The story strips down the Western myths and shows that there is no glamour involved in killing a man. The elderly cast is outstanding, and Gene Hackman was singled out for an Oscar for his sinister performance. The other three Academy Awards were for best film, director and editing.