Wild Bunch

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by mmjjcm@msn.com on 7/13/1999

This movie came out in 1969, and boy oh boy let me tell you something if your a real man you will watch this movie. Step aside Arnold the classics still the rule the kingdom of the silver screen. The acting in this movie is fantastic, you can really get a sense of a roughneck cowboy when you see William Holdon and Ernest Borgnine in action. This movie portrays some of the greatest plot and action ever seen in the western genre. The action is above any of those cheesy flick in the 90's. Believe it or not this movie is a slaughterfest of blood and gore, TO SAY THE LEAST. Buy this movie without even thinking.

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Product Overview

Director sam peckinpah's masterpiece is a world class western, notable for its daring cinematography and landmark violence.


Studio Warner
SKU 40000334
UPC 085391403425
UPC 14 00085391403425
Format DVD
Release Date 6/7/2005
Rating Rating
Classic Fight Scenes
Essential Cinema
Theatrical Release
Editors Note
Note As a counterpoint to the heroic horde of THE MAGNIFICENT SEVEN, the aging gunmen of Sam Peckinpah's masterpiece break the very laws of honor which bind them in this bloody and meditative tale of the American West--widely considered to be the self-conscious nail in the coffin of the genre. William Holden, Robert Ryan, and Ernest Borgnine star as the leaders of a grizzled crew of Texan bandits who ride to Mexico, where, one by one, they are unceremoniously slaughtered by a Mexican revolutionary.^The western, a genre steeped in legend and the concept of loyalty, was a dying breed when Sam Peckinpah unleashed this amoral and violent opus. Along with BONNIE AND CLYDE, it ushered in a new breed of Hollywood film, depicting a harsh reality where lines between right and wrong became blurred. Peckinpah brilliantly used aging Western stars such as Ryan and Holden to convey this passing of the cinematic torch. The film brought issues of violence and morality in movies to the forefront of American film criticism. Instead of appreciating the film as a critique of brutal violence, many critics responded by rejecting what they saw as a superfluous spectacle of dead bodies.
Plot Summary
Summary Pike Bishop is the leader of a small clan of outlaws confronting the closing American frontier. The year is 1913, and the prairie crew, disguised as US soldiers, ride into a dusty Texas town and rob the railway office. A bloodbath ensues with innocent people caught in the crossfire. The gang leaves town but the railroad boss' hired gunmen pursue them. | |Escaping to Mexico, the posse joins forces with the merciless anti-revolutionary dictator Mapache, agreeing to hijack a US ammunitions train. When Mapache double-crosses them and tortures youngest group member Angel upon discovering he's a revolutionary, the gang is caught between bounty hunters and Mapache's troops.
USA Today "...There's never been a greater movie about loyalty among men than this..." 03/07/1995 p.4D
Entertainment Weekly "...Engrossing entertainment." -- Rating: B 08/18/1995 p.65,"[A] flawless masterpiece....Peckinpah refined the use of slo-mo violence and graphic bloodshed here, but the deeper artistry was how such actions revealed character..." 01/20/2006 p.54
Variety "...Virtually every character in THE WILD BUNCH is a fully fleshed-out, complex portrait of humanity....It's a tale that is just as important and pertinent as ever..." 02/27/1995
Chicago Sun-Times "..It represents its set of sad, empty values with real poetry....Seeing this restored version is like understanding the film at last..." 03/17/1995 p.33
Ultimate DVD 5 stars out of 5 -- "It's not light, it's not trivial: it hits you hard, and leaves a lasting impression..." 07/01/2006 p.112
Empire "Vital, visionary and very, very violent....That it still seems relevant after 40 years is testament to its uncompromising power." 03/01/2008 144-145
Sam Peckinpah
William Holden
Ernest Borgnine
Cast & Crew
Bo Hopkins - Star
William Holden - Star
Emilio Fernandez - Star
Jaime Sanchez - Star
Edmond O'Brien - Star
Alfonso Arau - Star
Ernest Borgnine - Star
Warren Oates - Star
Robert Ryan - Star
Strother Martin - Star
Ben Johnson - Star
Roy N. Sickner - Story
Sam Peckinpah - Screenwriter
Walon Green - Screenwriter
Lou Lombardo - Editor
Lucien Ballard - Director of Photography
Jerry Fielding - Composer
Edward Carrere - Art Director
Phil Feldman - Producer
Sam Peckinpah - Director
Technical Info
Original Release Date 1969
Catalog ID 14034
UPC 00085391403425
Number of Discs 1
Running Time 145 minutes
Color Color
Original Language English
Available Subtitles English, French, Spanish
Available Audio Tracks English
Name Jerry Fielding
Award Category Best Adapted or Musical Song/Score
Award Status Winner
Award Year 1970
Award Giver Academy Awards
Product Attributes
Actor Holden,William
Label Warner Home Video
Music Format DVD
Video Format DVD

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