Unforgiven The Wild Bunch The Outlaw Josey Wales

27/09/2004
  |  Buy to Own: 27/09/2004
  |  393 min
Rated TBC by the BBFC

Synopsis

Triple bill of Westerns. 'Unforgiven' (1992) is a gritty western set in 1880s Kansas, which brought a new level of critical respect to its director, Clint Eastwood, winning him the Oscars for Best Picture and Best Director (it also picked up the Best Supporting Actor award for Gene Hackman). Ageing gunslinger-turned-farmer William Munny (Clint Eastwood) reluctantly agrees to come out of retirement to help Ned Logan (Morgan Freeman) collect the bounty on a wanted murderer. The man in question cut up a prostitute in a lawless town lorded over by the corrupt Sheriff Daggett (Gene Hackman), and if Munny and Logan want to catch him, they are going to have to deal with Daggett first. 'The Wild Bunch' (1969) is a bloody, violent Western set in 1913, directed by one of the masters of the genre, Sam Peckinpah. A gang of outlaws (William Holden, Ernest Borgnine and Robert Ryan, amongst others) ride into a Texan border town where the railroad office is their target. When the robbery turns into a bloodbath, the gang flee to a desert hideout - where they discover that their loot is worthless. With the railroad company's hired guns snapping at their heels, they decide to escape to the apparent safety of the Mexican revolutionaries. Clint Eastwood directs and stars in 'The Outlaw Josey Wales' (1976) as Josey Wales, a peaceful farmer at the time of the American Civil War who becomes a Confederate outlaw in order to avenge his family's death at the hands of Union guerillas. His obsession with revenge slowly lifts, however, as he picks up various outcasts in the wilderness. Wales tries to protect his new 'family' by leading them to a safe haven where they can rebuild their lives.