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Disappointment seems to be the running theme of this movie. No one can seem to get what they want, and it's especially a problem with others.

The very first conflict is when the whore gets cut up for laughing at the man's small penis size, he is of course disappointed in the service.

Little Bill is disappointed he got woken up in the middle of the night for this matter.

The owner of the whorehouse is disappointed that he wont get back on his investment in the whore he had bought for his business.

Little Bill disappoints the oldest/leader of the whores by making the men give them horses in exchange for the damage done to his property.

The ladies are pooling their money and though the one contributes the one, one of them brings up that it's "not enough".

The very first scene of Clint Eastwood/Munny's character is him falling down trying to pen the pigs, as a farmer he is a disappointment and he disappoints himself for not being able to get the hang of it.

The Scofield Kid who comes to hire Munny on is disappointed seeing the renowned killer reduced to formwork of which he is not good at.

Munny tells Scofield Kid that he won't come with him, disappointing SK.

We get another scene of Munny falling hard and pathetically in the pig pen again.

When the whorehouse owner gets the ponies, he is upset it took so long remarking just a few more days he would have sent the sheriff.

In the same scene, the men giving the ponies up also offer the best pony specifically to the girl who was cut up. The girls are all disappointed and angry at the idea.

We get a scene of Munny trying to shoot a tin can with his pistol, it takes many shots to do so. Disappointed by his rustiness.

Munny's son tells him that the horse is no longer used to the saddle, so even the horse is a disappointment and rusty.

Munny fails to get up onto his own horse and even falls down.

The very first moment we see of Little Bill building his house he drops a piece of lumber her was hammering, swears, because he caught his finger with said hammer.

When Munny goes to visit Morgan Freeman's character, his wife Sally glares in horror at the sight of Munny. Then she immediately goes to Munny's horse and sees he has a gun. I'm not sure if that counts as disappointment exactly as it is concern but it's worth mentioning.

Morgan Freeman's character is disappointed in Munny for getting wrapped up in this and adds insult to injury by saying Munny wouldn't be doing this if his wife was still alive.

Munny once again falls trying to get on his horse, in front of Morgan Freeman.

Sally does not say a word but stares at Morgan Freeman with a look of concern and despair.

Morgan freeman comments that the Scofield kid must be "moving right along" as they haven't caught up yet. Munny says they'll catch up tomorrow.

Munny comments while camping out on a bedroll at their camp, "kinda got used to my bed, this aint gonna be like at home". Morgan Freeman almost goes on a rant about the things he'll miss before apologizing realizing that he still has a wife and Munny does not.

Munny begins talking about their past, namely the way he used to act, disappointed that all the guys they ran with never really liked him they just feared and respected his ruthlessness. 

*** I'd like to say that the English Bob scenes are interesting in that they contain little in themselves that are a disappointment until the final confrontation where he is made an absolute fool of, disarming and dispelling the classic and antiquated notion of the "legendary shooter" who in the end is just a man like anyone else. almost the inverse of the Munny character.

The deputy asks English Bob to very kindly surrender any firearms and English Bob lies to him saying he has none, which disappoints the deputy.

When the one-armed deputized man is re-loading his firearm, the larger deputized man is disappointed the one-armed deputy didn't trust him to load it correctly the first time and had to verify it himself.

Another deputy is disappointed that Little Bill is off building his porch instead of being ready for the showdown that is about to take place.

English Bob is afraid of Little Bill and disappointed that he's not dead.

Little Bill takes English bob's gun. He also asks for the other .32 that Bob thought he could get away with.

Little Bill then proceeds to beat English Bob, kicking him while he's down. Not only is this a disappointment, it absolutely subverts the trope of the honorable quick draw duel that is typical of this genre. No, Little Bill disappoints Bob, the whores, the writer accompanying Bob, the rest of the entire town watching, and the viewer themselves, by not meeting English Bob on a level playing field.

When the Scofield kid shoots at Munny and Freeman, Munny falls off his horse and hits his head, loses his hat, and crawls to Morgan Freeman unceremoniously. 

Scofield kid doesn't like that Munny brought Freeman and when he objects Munny disappoints Scofield by threatening to leave with Freeman if he won't accept.

We learn that Scofield kid can only see 50 years, disappointing Morgan greatly.

Little Bill proceeds to debunk the account of English Bob's story The Duke of Death, stating he was there and that it was all a lie, disappointing the writer again. In fact, it is revealed that bob was drunk and took an un-honorable shot at some guy that was sweet on a lady he liked.

"Damn, I don't like rocks on my dadagum back" as Freeman and Munny lady down at the campfire. The conversation and scene is one complaint after another.

Interesting to note in this scene, Scofield asks Munny if that business that happened in such a place happened the way people say it did. Unlike Bob, Munny says he "doesn't recollect", disappointing Scofield. The opposite of what English Bob would do by lying entirely about how good he was, Munny is the real deal and doesn't want to even talk about it. This does disappoint Scofield.

Scofield begins talking about how he killed 5 men, "one was a Mexican and came after me with a knife." Then Munny says, "will you shut up and get some rest?", disappointing Scofield who wanted to brag.

In this scene, a jailed English Bob is offered a gun to shoot Little Bill. Bob doesn't know for sure if it's loaded but decides to not take the risk. Little Bill begins emptying the six chambers of the offered pistol, the disappointment is all over bob's face.

Munny can't get on his horse, and he beings to cure at it with obscenities, something he said was long removed by his wife. He is reverting and disappointing his wife's memory.

Little Bill gives back Bob's pistols which have been bent and ruined. Bob's writer has not decided to stay with Little Bill. As English Bob is unceremoniously sent away, he loses all composure and curses the town and the whores. The whores then comment that, "No one is going to save them now." disappointing them greatly.

As Little Bill is telling the writer a story, he is moving around different parts of his shoddy, self built house. Another sign of his own disappointment and ineptitude at carpentry. Eventually even the writer complains, his papers getting too wet. He then says, "Maybe you should just hang the carpenter." and Little Bill takes offense and is very disappointed in this comment.

Deputy shares the news with Little Bill that on a a dark and stormy night 3 people have come into town with guns.

Morgan Freeman is nervous and worried that Scofield is taking so long talking to the whores. Munny, describing a hallucination, worries Freeman that he has a fever and isn't up to the task right now.

The whore with the cut up face watches Munny who looks sickly and broken, likely with a less than hopeful and disappointed state.

Little Bill disarms and beats Munny, and Munny grabs a bottle of whiskey off the bar as if he's going to retaliate, but he doesn't have the strength. 


Munny explains he sees death and he's afraid to die. He's ashamed and asked Freeman's character not to tell his kids. Scofield and Freeman both pity and do not blame Munny for his feelings, but both are disappointed in Munny all the same, accented by the next scene was Scofield says "He's gonna die ain't he?" and Freeman says, "Maybe."

Munny wakes up to the woman with the scarred face. He says, "I thought you was an angel." I do believe this can be taken multiple ways but most likely it is a wink and nod to the old westerns where the cowboy wakes up to a beautiful woman he mistakes for an angel, but in this case it's a woman with cuts all over. This can kind of be marked as disappointment but i don't know if we can count this one.

The cut up woman makes an offer to give munny "a free one". He rejects her offer and she goes off saying she meant one of the other girls, but clearly she meant herself. This disappoints her greatly.

Freeman's character shoots a shot at their target, a cowboy named Davey. whose horse falls on his leg and breaks it. As he's crawling to cover, Freeman loses his nerve and is unable to kill, disappointing Munny and Scofeld. Munny takes over and misses 2 more shots, but finally makes the 3rd through the man's gut. Though it should be a victory, but it was by the skin of their teeth and an embarrassing disappointment. There's nothing triumphant or positive about the revenge, and Munny has also in fact killed someone again after 11 years of having not killed anyone. All of this accented by Munny saying "Yeah... We killed em... I guess..." It really accents how awful and inglorious the entire endeavor is and you can tell Munny is disappointed and feels farther away from wife and children.

The man hit in the gut proceeds to cry out saying he's "So thirsty..." but none of the men can even help him, too afraid to get out from cover and be shot. Munny tells them to "give him a drink of water for christ's sake!" You can tell with the exchange that Freeman understands that both Munny and himself are far out of their element and showing such mercy is not the act of the killers hey once were. They are both disappointments in regards to this mission, losing their ability to kill.

Freeman leaves to go back to Kansas and can't be talked out of continuing on. He disappoints Scofeld and Munny. Also, Munny tries to tell Freeman "not to worry about" his share, stating the kid is full of it and he'll get the money. The look Freeman gives Munny seems to be that of disgust or perhaps confusion that Munny doesn't get why Freeman wants to leave.

Disappointing news for Little Bill as a deputy tells them "they killed one of them cowboys"

The cut up whore says, "I didn't think they'd really do it..." referencing the dead cowboy. Her revenge is bitter and disappointing.

The cowboys caught up with Freeman and roughed him up. As the viewer, you likely wanted to see his character escape this and go back to Kansas.

Little Bill can't get the information out of Freeman and knows the man is lying because he got the made-up names confused.

Once again, Munny says he can't remember what it was like in the old days. He was drunk most of the time. No glory to be found. Scofeld talks with excitement to tell his story about how he killed the guy, but quickly loses his excitement when he realizes what he had done. He thought it would make him feel good and proud, tough and admirable, but he realizes right away it feels awful and terrible. The dream dies in disappointment for him. He even begins to cry about it.

Munny finds out from a whore that Ned didn't get to go south like he though, Little Bill killed him.

We find out Ned also spilled the beans on Munny and Scofeld, knowing that he broke seems to have disappointed Munny somewhat.

We find out William Munny wasn't just a killer of men, but would kill women and children. The viewer then would probably be disappointed to hear this additional information on his especially cold-blood murders.

Munny enters right as Little Bill's posse was about to be rewarded with whiskey shots by Little Bill.

This scene where Munny re-enters and says "Whose the fella that owns this shithole?", You can see Munny has completely reverted to his old self and this is once again disappointing his dead wife.

Munny tries to kill Litle Bill but it misfires.

After the shootout Munny takes a drink at the bar, something his wife had turned him away from. He has disappointed her once again.

Worth noting that both times the writer has mentioned he is "a writer" nobody seems to know what that means, they think he "writes letters and such" so he is probably disappointed that they don't know what he does and the value of books.

Little Bill, on his death throes, says, "I don't deserve this. To die like this... I was building a house." Life and fate has disappointed him.

As William Munny makes his way to get on his horse and leave, a couple of men in the rain get ready to shoot him. The deputy aims but says, "No I can't..." and neither can the man beside him. Both are disappointing.

There is no triumphant ending where the whores all come out on a bright sunny day as the hero bucks his horse and swings his hat and declares the town free of the cowboys and Little Bill's tyranny. Instead, it's cold and wet, it's miserable and everyone looks scared and uncomfortable. Munny declares, "You better bury Ned (Freeman) right!... Better not cut up, nor otherwise harm no whores... or I'll come back and kill every one of you sons of bitches." He does not ride off into the sunset, he rides off into the pitch black rain and the musical score sounds like something from a horror movie. I just wanted to point out how absolutely genius this is, but it's also accenting the "disappointment" that your average mainstream western fan would expect and maybe even want.

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