On This Day: Clint Eastwood’s Legendary Film ‘Unforgiven’ Premieres in Theaters in 1992

by Joe Rutland

Clint Eastwood starred and directed in the legendary Western “Unforgiven” that premiered in theaters on this day in 1992.

The movie’s plot revolved around aging outlaw Willian Munny, played by Eastwood, who ends up taking one more job after retiring as a farmer.

“Unforgiven” also starred Gene Hackman, Morgan Freeman, and Richard Harris. Munny gets some help from his old partner Ned Logan [Freeman] along with a young kid called The “Schofield Kid” [played by Jaimz Woolvett].

Hackman played Little Bill Daggett while Harris played English Bob.

‘Unforgiven’ Pulls In More Than $159 Million At Box Office

“Unforgiven” was quite a popular movie at the box office. Filming the flick costs $14.4 million but it earned more than $159 million.

The movie also pulled in four Academy Awards, too. “Unforgiven” won the Best Picture Oscar, while Clint Eastwood picked up Best Director honors. Hackman won for Best Supporting Actor, and editor Joel Cox won for Best Film Editing. Eastwood also was an Oscar nominee for Best Actor, but lost to Al Pacino for “Scent Of A Woman.”

It was the third Western to ever win Best Picture honors. The two other Westerns to win Oscars are “Cimarron” in 1931 and “Dances with Wolves” in 1990.

Western Genre Nothing New For Clint Eastwood As He’s Preparing ‘Cry Macho’

Reviewers were pretty kind to the Clint Eastwood movie. Film reviewer Jack Methews of the Los Angeles Times said the film is “The finest classical western to come along since perhaps John Ford’s ‘The Searchers’.”

Doing Westerns was nothing new to Eastwood. After all, he caught his first big career break on the TV show “Rawhide” as “Rowdy” Yates. Obviously, Eastwood also ended up playing in Sergio Leone’s “spaghetti Westerns” like “A Fistful of Dollars” and “The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly.”

Clint Eastwood will return to the Western genre this year with his movie “Cry Macho.”

He will star, direct, and produce the movie. “Cry Macho” is about a former rodeo star [Eastwood] who is hired to bring a young man back from Mexico into the United States. There are obstacles along the way in the movie, which is set in 1979.

While Eastwood’s fans are excited about this new movie, Outsiders can be sure that the Oscar-winning actor and director is excited, too. The movie has been in the works for around 40 years.

“[Producer] Al Ruddy asked me if I would do it and I felt I was too young for the part,” Eastwood told People. “I thought I might direct it then but it went by the wayside. Then, about a year ago, we brought it back out and [it] feels like I’m just at the right age now and I thought it’d be fun to do.”