The Unforgiven (1960) - Drama, Romance, Western

Hohum Score

26

Watchable

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

IMDB: 6.7
Director: John Huston
Stars: Burt Lancaster, Audrey Hepburn
Length: 125 Minutes
PG Rating: N/A
Reviews: 14 out of 88 found boring (15.9%)

One-line Reviews (44)

Joseph Wiseman is the eerie crazy man who threatens to reveal the unbearable truth.

However , Audrey Hepburn was seriously injured when she was thrown by a horse between scenes spent six weeks in the hospital healing from a broken back, and when she returned to the set was able to complete her role wearing a back brace, John Huston blamed himself for the mishap and hated this movie, and Hepburn bore no ill will towards the director ; while Audrey was in hospital, Huston filmed scenes using a double .

It is very slow and you wonederdorfsstasse how someone who had made one of the great westerns, Gunfight At OK Coral,just two years earlier would get involved with a film like this.

He is at his best in the milieu of mavericks living outside of the law,his attempts at portraying the lifestyle of Homesteaders in the West are embarrassingly banal.

Fairly one-toned but solid performances by the cast and a compelling story.

The ending took me a little by surprise (but in a good way), and I was fully satisfied that I had just watched an involving and entertaining genre piece.

It's hard to work up much of a sweat for this ponderous entry which had the chance to confront racial prejudice in a serious fashion and spurned it.

The premise sounds a bit ridiculous but ends up being pretty dull.

Thankfully, he is at his best for most of the film, especially during the thrilling climax.

Released through United Artists THE UNFORGIVEN (1960) is an engaging drama set on the Texas Panhandle of the American west.

Emotive as well as thrilling musical score by the classic Dimitri Tiomkin .

Tries to be weighty, but it's too dull and ruined by absurd premise .

Indeed, the music played by the Kiowas during the "break" was fascinating.

Huston broke a new ground with this landmark movie , providing exciting scenes and unforgettable dialogs .

It has some of the feel that makes the Western genre so appealing but it is more of an intriguing family drama than anything else.

The movie starts as a mild and boring western film, quickly moving into a drastically exaggerated and dramatized view on Native Americans in the midwest post Civil War.

Otherwise this is a thoughtful and entertaining story that moves along briskly as Huston nicely crafts a number of rounded characters.

Offbeat Western about racial intolerance focuses an enjoyable family and the dramatic deeds happen when a dark secret surfaces .

Likable but uneven and disjointed Western .

"The Unforgiven" is in many ways an exciting film, although not in the conventional action-adventure sense.

Gish is amazing and Murphy turned in the best performance of the whole ensemble, playing against type and showing an unexpected range..Then again, what do I know?

Unfortunately, I found the movie relatively dull beyond the ludicrous premise.

Film, more than any other propaganda tool (except religion), dominantly decimated this message.

The action was well directed and exciting; especially the prolonged confrontation at the end.

One scene is absolutely riveting, Rachel is comforting the mother (played by June Walker) of the boy she was to marry.

For me its high production values, its great cast, performances and its racist undertones make it a compelling movie.

Also there is some exciting cues for the cattle and horse sequences and ominous music underlines the scenes for the Indian attacks on the Zachary's humble sod cabin.

It wasn't the script or the plot which made this flick unbearably boring at times, it was the miscasting of Audrey Hepburn as a NATIVE AMERICAN which made this film mediocre and bland.

I wouldn't be surprised if any of the actors, still living, were embarrassed to be white, let alone be a part of this cinematic waste of time.

Slow and confused .

It is quite watchable, even entertaining.

Which is a shame because after an admittedly slow laborious first third, the film kicks on from the moment the Kiowa Indian's turn up asking for the return of their kin.

But, for those who enjoy fine acting, some beautiful scenery, an exciting shoot-out and the sheer beauty and class of Audrey Hepburn, this one has it all.

Moral complexity confusion .

She, however, is simply not right for this role, and detracts from an otherwise intriguing story.

They were slow leaving you to wait for the action well into the film.

The director John Huston is said to have described this as his least satisfying film, something which has always surprised me as he made a number of films far worse than this one, such as the tedious "The Bible" or the lame Bond spoof "Casino Royale".

With all the moral confusion, it's still very compelling.

She gave her typical charm in the first half, but in the second half she showed her shame, and confusion at her circumstances.

Instead I find a horrible, racist movie that has no plot line, or at least everything is so subtle that the plot is too hard to catch.

A movie well worth watching if taken at face value.

Overall I'd say it is worth watching if you are a fan of the genre although rather sit down and watch a cheap B-western personally!

Okay if bored and no toilets that need cleaning!.

I highly recommend it.