The Unforgiven

Director: John Huston
Writer: Ben Maddow, Alan Le May (novel)
Cast: Burt Lancaster, Audrey Hepburn, Audie Murphy, John Saxon, Charles Bickford, Lillian Gish, Albert Salmi, June Walker
Photography by: Franz Planer
Music by: Dmitri Tiomkin
Runtime: 125 min.
Year: 1960

About: Hepburn plays an indian girl adopted by Gish after her family was killed by whites. Raised as a white, the indians want her back after her true history is discovered.

¤ Audrey was seriously injured when she was thrown by a horse between scenes. Hepburn, who was several months pregnant, spent six weeks in the hospital and completed her role wearing a back brace, which her wardrobe had to be redesigned to hide. Sadly, she suffered a miscarriage a few months later, which some blamed on her injury from this movie. John Huston blamed himself for the mishap and hated this movie. Hepburn, however, bore no ill will towards the director. While Hepburn was in hospital, Huston filmed scenes using a double.
¤ Hepburn's only Western.
¤ because of the accident, Ferrer wanted the film closed down and the production canceled, but the studio refused to comply, determining to shoot around its distaff star for the six weeks doctors predicted she'd need for recovery.
¤ during Audrey's recovery, Marie-Louise Habets (on which character of Sister Luke was based) volunteering her service as a nurse.


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