When prostitute Delilah Fitzgerald (Anna Thomson) is disfigured by a pair of cowboys in Big Whiskey, Wyoming, her fellow brothel workers post a reward for their murder, much to the displeasure of sheriff Little Bill Daggett (Gene Hackman), who doesn’t allow vigilantism in his town. Two groups of gunfighters, one led by aging former bandit William Munny (Clint Eastwood), the other by the florid English Bob (Richard Harris), come to collect the reward, clashing with the sheriff.
Had watched this movie many years ago and liked it a lot back then. Re watched it after a long time. The movie is a little slow paced at first but then it gradually becomes very engrossing. The climax and the ending is brilliant. Its a dark western where it just isn’t about shooting people but also what it does to the people killed as well as the killers. Its about how myths are built based on lies and exaggerations. Its about how hard it is to kill someone. The scene where William kills Davey is just brilliant. William Munny is supposed to be a killer who killed women and children and the story is about his redemption in that he comes to kill a couple of cowboys who disfigured a woman.
The movie deservedly won Oscars for Best Picture, Best Director and Best Film Editing. The movie was nominated for 9 Oscars including Best Original Screenplay, Best Cinematography, Best Sound and Best Art Direction.
Clint Eastwood was excellent as the aging killer full of regret and was nominated for an Oscar for Best Actor. Gene Hackman was excellent as the Sheriff Little Bill and won an Oscar for Best Supporting Actor. Morgan Freeman was very good as William Munny’s partner Ned. Jaimz Woolvett was good as the ‘Schofield Kid’. The rest of the cast was good too.
Its an excellent movie and arguably the best western.
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