Unforgiven (1992)

By Michael Schilf · November 8, 2010

Screenplay Genre: Western / Drama

Movie Time: 131 minutes


The Scofield Kid visits William Munny (Clint Eastwood) on his farm, looking to partner up with Munny to help him "kill a couple of no good cowboys for cutting up a lady" and in return split half of the reward money. Munny declines the offer, making it clear that his late wife cured him of his wickedness. The Scofield Kid leaves, letting Munny know he's riding West toward Wyoming in case he changes his mind. (00:09:44)

2. LOCK IN (End of Act One)

Munny, coming to grips that he's a failure as a hog farmer and unable to provide for his kids, decides to take the Kid up on his offer, but stops at his former partner Ned's home on the way. After being brought up to speed on the situation and agreeing that the cowboys "got it coming", Ned (Morgan Freeman) suggests joining them, splitting the reward three ways. (00:25:10)


Munny, Ned, and the Kid arrive at the town's saloon during a downpour, Munny sick with a fever. After Ned and the Kid go upstairs with the prostitutes, Sheriff Little Bill Daggett (Gene Hackman) sizes up Munny as an assassin after the reward money and beats him up, kicking him out into the street. Ned and the Kid escape through a window, managing to get Munny on his horse and ride out of town. (1:13:42)

4. MAIN CULMINATION (End of Act Two)

After Munny kills the first cowboy, Ned has had enough and decides to leave Munny and the Kid to return back home to Kansas; however, Munny and the Kid are unaware that Ned is captured by Little Bill's men. Little Bill interrogates and tortures him to find out about Red's accomplices. (1:41:02)


Following the killing of the second cowboy, one of the prostitutes meets Munny and the Kid with the reward money, informing them that Little Bill killed Ned and put him on display with a sign on him in front of the town saloon. Upon hearing the news, Munny takes a drink of whiskey for the first time in ten years, sends the Kid home with the reward money, and prepares to ride into town to kill Little Bill. (1:49:10)