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Freeview film of the day: Unforgiven

Unforgiven ★★★★★ 
9.00-11.40pm ITV4 

In terms of modern westerns, even the revisionist kind, any addition to the canon has Unforgiven to beat. Arguably Clint Eastwood’s finest hour, as performer and director, this old-school horse opera won four Oscars in 1993, including best director and best picture. Set in Wyoming and Kansas, where Clint’s retired bandit is raising two kids on a pig farm, it’s an archetypal set-up: the ageing gunslinger straps on his holster one last time for a $1,000 bounty and comes up against an evil sheriff (Gene Hackman) after some scumbags attack a prostitute. There are shoot-outs, ambushes, saloon debates, plus Richard Harris as the self-mythologising English Bob. If all this sends viewers back to classics like Red River, Shane or High Noon, Clint’s work is done. 


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