Wild Bunch (1969)
|Director sam peckinpah's masterpiece is a world class western, notable for its daring cinematography and landmark violence.|
Editor's NoteAs 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.
Cast & Crew
|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|
Customer Reviews of Wild Bunch
ONE TOUGH FLICK!!!!!!!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.