Director: Clint Eastwood
Stars: Clint Eastwood, Gene Hackman, Morgan Freeman
Plot: Retired Old West gunslinger William Munny reluctantly takes on one last job, with the help of his old partner and a young man.
The final screen credit reads, "Dedicated to Sergio and Don", referring to Clint Eastwood's mentors, Sergio Leone and Don Siegel. Sergio directed the Man with no name trilogy - "A Fistful of Dollars, For A Few Dollars More, The Good The Bad and The Ugly". Don Siegel directed "Dirty Harry". The roles Clint Eastwood is most associated with.
Most of the rain in the film was specially created because Calgary, where it was shot, was experiencing a dry spell, though the snowfall that is featured when William Munny is recovering from his beating was unexpected (and unscripted).
Clint Eastwood said at the time that this would be the last movie that he would both act in and direct, but he went on to appear in quite a lot of movies he directed since then.
According to Clint Eastwood in a 2000 interview, Gene Hackman was very concerned about how they were going to show the violence in the movie, owing to the rising gun violence in American cities. Eastwood assured Hackman that the film wouldn't glorify gun violence.
By the time of the Academy Awards ceremony, Frances Fisher was four months pregnant by Clint Eastwood but had been under strict orders not to tell anyone, including her closest friends. "I don't want that kinda thing taking attention away from my Oscar race!" Clint had said to her. When Eastwood's name was announced as the winner for Best Director, Fisher tried to hug him but he quickly pulled away and walked onstage. In his acceptance speech, he thanked Fisher only in professional context along with many other members of the cast and crew, acknowledging zero personal attachment. Fisher finally announced her pregnancy two months before giving birth, and news outlets prefaced the story with "according to," "reportedly" etc. because Clint and his representatives refused to comment. When Francesca Eastwood was born in August 1993, she was reported as being the third child for 63-year-old Clint. Francesca in fact is at least Clint's seventh child.
One of two times when the presenter handing Clint Eastwood an Oscar was Barbra Streisand. She later handed him the Best Picture Oscar of Million Dollar Baby (2004). Before giving the second movie award to him, she said, "I would be very happy to give you this again, Clint."
This movie was the first time Clint Eastwood was nominated for Oscars in his career.