Classic Scenes: Unforgiven (1992)

It seems somewhat timely given the recent release of American Sniper (I’ll have a review up tomorrow) to feature this understated but effective scene from Clint Eastwood’s Unforgiven, which was only the third western to win the coveted Best Picture Oscar in 1993 (the other two being Dances With Wolves in 1990 and, incredibly, Cimarron as far back as 1931).

Here, Will Munny (Eastwood) and the Schofield Kid (Jaimz Woolvett) ruminate on killing following the earlier ambush of the incorrectly-named ‘Quick’ Mike, who was caught short in an outhouse by The Kid. This slow scene builds gradually and gracefully to the movie’s most famous line – ‘Hell of a thing, killing a man’ – with Munny squinting thoughtfully into the middle-distance throughout. It’s a trademark Eastwood look that has perhaps been used a little too often during his long career, but his words resonate and it certainly looks like a line the actor believes in.


Comments 7

  1. Todd Benefiel January 30, 2015

    Cool scene, and a cool movie. It reminds me of a shot at the end of ‘A Perfect World’, where Eastwood says “I don’t know nothin’…not one damn thing.” I don’t know why, but I really love that moment.

    • Stu January 30, 2015

      The man is a master at delivering lines that make him look wise! If I were to say that line people would just look at me as if I were stupid. There’s your gag set-up…

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