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The Wild Bunch -- An aging group of outlaws look for one last big score as the "traditional" American West is disappearing around them.

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Director:
Writers:
Walon Green (screenplay) and
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Release Date:
18 June 1969 (USA) See more »
Genre:
Tagline:
The land had changed. They hadn't. The earth had cooled. They couldn't. See more »
Plot:
An aging group of outlaws look for one last big score as the "traditional" American West is disappearing around them. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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Awards:
Nominated for 2 Oscars. Another 5 wins & 3 nominations See more »
User Reviews:
Still Savage, Still Bloody, Still Great See more (280 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

William Holden ... Pike Bishop

Ernest Borgnine ... Dutch Engstrom

Robert Ryan ... Deke Thornton

Edmond O'Brien ... Freddie Sykes

Warren Oates ... Lyle Gorch
Jaime Sánchez ... Angel (as Jaime Sanchez)

Ben Johnson ... Tector Gorch

Emilio Fernández ... Mapache (as Emilio Fernandez)

Strother Martin ... Coffer

L.Q. Jones ... T.C

Albert Dekker ... Harrigan

Bo Hopkins ... Crazy Lee

Dub Taylor ... Wainscoat
Paul Harper ... Ross
Jorge Russek ... Zamorra

Alfonso Arau ... Herrera
Chano Urueta ... Don Jose
Elsa Cárdenas ... Elsa (as Elsa Cardenas)

Bill Hart ... Jess
Rayford Barnes ... Buck
Stephen Ferry ... McHale (as Steve Ferry)
Sonia Amelio ... Teresa
Aurora Clavel ... Aurora
Enrique Lucero ... Ignacio
Elizabeth Dupeyrón ... Rocio (as Elizabeth Dupeyron)
Yolanda Ponce ... Yolis
José Chávez ... Juan Jose (as Jose Chavez)
René Dupeyrón ... Juan (as Rene Dupeyron)
Pedro Galván ... Benson (as Pedro Galvan)
Graciela Doring ... Emma
Major Perez ... Perez
Fernando Wagner ... Mohr
Jorge Rado ... Ernst
Ivan Scott ... Paymaster
Señora Madero ... Margaret (as Sra. Madero)
Margarito Luna ... Luna

Chalo González ... Gonzalez (as Chalo Gonzalez)
Lilia Castillo ... Lilia
Elizabeth Unda ... Carmen
Julio Corona ... Julio
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Gordon T. Dawson ... Pinkerton Man (uncredited)
'Chico' Hernandez ... Boy on Town (uncredited)

Buck Holland ... Thornton Posse Rider (uncredited)
Matthew Peckinpah ... Boy Watching Robber Scoop Up Moneybag (uncredited)
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Directed by
Sam Peckinpah 
 
Writing credits
Walon Green (screenplay) and
Sam Peckinpah (screenplay)

Walon Green (story) and
Roy N. Sickner (story)

Produced by
Phil Feldman .... producer
Roy N. Sickner .... associate producer
 
Original Music by
Jerry Fielding 
 
Cinematography by
Lucien Ballard (director of photography)
 
Film Editing by
Lou Lombardo  (as Louis Lombardo)
 
Art Direction by
Edward Carrere 
 
Costume Design by
James R. Silke (uncredited)
 
Makeup Department
Al Greenway .... makeup artist
Keester Sweeney .... makeup artist (uncredited)
 
Production Management
William D. Faralla .... production manager (as William Faralla)
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Clifford C. Coleman .... assistant director (as Cliff Coleman)
Fred Gammon .... assistant director
Robert 'Buzz' Henry .... second unit director (as Buzz Henry)
John 'Bud' Cardos .... second unit director (uncredited)
Howard G. Kazanjian .... second assistant director (uncredited)
Phil Rawlins .... first assistant director (uncredited)
 
Art Department
Phil A. Ankrom .... property master (uncredited)
John Barton .... assistant property master (uncredited)
Arnold Losey .... props (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
Robert J. Miller .... sound
Joe Kavigan .... sound effects editor (uncredited)
Stanley Martin .... sound effects editor (uncredited)
Billy Mauch .... sound effects editor (uncredited)
Bill Rivol .... sound effects editor (uncredited)
Ed Scheid .... supervising sound effects editor (uncredited)
Dan Wallin .... sound re-recording mixer (uncredited)
John O. Young .... sound effects editor (uncredited)
 
Special Effects by
Bud Hulburd .... special effects
Ralph Ayres .... special effects (uncredited)
James Rugg .... special effects (uncredited)
 
Stunts
Denny Arnold .... stunts (uncredited)
Norman Bishop .... stunts (uncredited)
Steven Burnett .... stunts (uncredited)
Archie Butler .... stunt coordinator (uncredited)
Joe Canutt .... stunt double: "Lyle" (uncredited)
Tap Canutt .... stunts (uncredited)
John 'Bud' Cardos .... stunts (uncredited)
Gary Combs .... stunts (uncredited)
Louie Elias .... stunts (uncredited)
Tony Epper .... stunts (uncredited)
Chad Evans .... stunts (uncredited)
Jim Feazell .... stunts (uncredited)
Joe Finnegan .... stunts (uncredited)
Mickey Gilbert .... stunts (uncredited)
Bill Hart .... stunts (uncredited)
Robert 'Buzz' Henry .... stunts (uncredited)
'Chema' Hernandez .... stunts (uncredited)
Bob Herron .... stunt double: "Dutch" (uncredited)
Billy E. Hughes .... stunts (uncredited)
Whitey Hughes .... stunts (uncredited)
Gary McLarty .... stunts (uncredited)
Erwin Neal .... stunt double: "Pike" (uncredited)
Bob Orrison .... stunts (uncredited)
Danny Sands .... stunts (uncredited)
Bill Shannon .... stunts (uncredited)
Jim Sheppard .... stunts (uncredited)
Roy N. Sickner .... stunts (uncredited)
Jack Williams .... stunts (uncredited)
Joe Yrigoyen .... stunt double: "Angel" and "Sykes" (uncredited)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Bud Gaunt .... key grip
Bernie Abramson .... still photographer (uncredited)
Dave Friedman .... assistant camera (uncredited)
Reggie Jones .... grip (uncredited)
Thomas Laughridge .... camera operator (uncredited)
James F. Reber .... generator operator (uncredited)
Don Stott .... gaffer (uncredited)
Richard Tim Vanik .... first assistant camera (uncredited)
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Gordon T. Dawson .... wardrobe supervisor (as Gordon Dawson)
 
Editorial Department
Robert L. Wolfe .... associate film editor
Joel Cox .... assistant editor (uncredited)
 
Music Department
Sonny Burke .... music supervisor
Donald Harris .... music film editor (uncredited)
Richard C. Harris .... supervising music film editor (uncredited)
Dan Wallin .... scoring mixer (uncredited)
Jimmy Wyble .... musician: guitarist (uncredited)
 
Transportation Department
Bud Dawson .... transportation gaffer (uncredited)
Joe Lessner .... driver (uncredited)
Charles Misere .... driver (uncredited)
Frank Olmstead .... driver (uncredited)
Earl Pierson .... driver (uncredited)
Rex Schroetter .... driver (uncredited)
 
Other crew
Crayton Smith .... script supervisor
Elizabeth Burnette .... voice-over (uncredited)
Tony Faehnle .... ramrod (uncredited)
Stanley Feldman .... production coordinator (uncredited)
Anthony Goldschmidt .... assistant to producer (uncredited)
Gay Hayden .... secretary (uncredited)
'Chema' Hernandez .... head wrangler (uncredited)
Robert Joseph .... unit publicist (uncredited)
Alyce S. Miller .... secretary (uncredited)
Morrie Nierenberg .... location auditor (uncredited)
Greta Shepherd .... secretary to executive producer (uncredited)
Branko Wohlfahrt .... weapon specialist (uncredited)
 
Thanks
General de Brigada E.E. Procopio Ortiz R. .... thanks
 
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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Wild Bunch" - Japan (English title) (imdb display title)
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Runtime:
USA:145 min | 144 min (director's cut)
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Language:
Color:
Color (Technicolor)
Aspect Ratio:
2.20 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
70 mm 6-Track (70 mm prints) | DTS (1995 re-release) | Dolby Digital (1995 re-release) | Mono (35 mm prints) | SDDS (1995 re-release)
Certification:
Argentina:18 | Australia:MA (director's cut) | Brazil:14 | Canada:R (Manitoba) | Canada:R (Nova Scotia/Ontario) (original rating) | Canada:13+ (Quebec) | Canada:18A (British Columbia) (1999) | Canada:14 (Nova Scotia) (re-rating) (1995) | Canada:AA (Ontario) (re-rating) (1995) | Finland:K-16 (1998) (uncut) (director's cut) | Finland:K-16 (1988) (cut) | Finland:K-18 (1969) (uncut) | France:12 (director's cut) | France:18 (original rating) | Germany:16 (DVD rating) | Iceland:16 | Ireland:18 | Italy:VM14 | Italy:T (DVD release) | Japan:G (2009) | Malaysia:U (director's cut) | Netherlands:12 | Netherlands:18 (orginal rating) | New Zealand:R16 (director's cut) | Norway:18 | Norway:16 (cut) | Peru:18 | Portugal:M/12 | Singapore:NC-16 | South Africa:16LV | South Korea:18 | Spain:13 | Sweden:15 | UK:X (original rating) (cut) | UK:18 (re-rating) (1988) (also director's cut) | USA:R (original rating) | USA:R (re-rating on appeal) | USA:NC-17 (1993) | West Germany:18 (original rating, cut version)
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Did You Know?

Trivia:
The last scene to be completed was the exploding bridge over Rio Nazas (substituting for Rio Bravo). Five stuntmen--each was paid $2000--and six cameras were used. The scene was shot in one take. One camera fell into the river and was lost.See more »
Goofs:
Crew or equipment visible: At the end of the opening sequence, when Crazy Lee shoots three lawmen, the electrical line to the squibs is visible.See more »
Quotes:
[first lines]
[indistinct voices]
Rev. Wainscoat:Do not drink wine or strong drink, thou, nor thy sons with thee, least ye shall die. Look not though upon the wine when it is red, and when it bringeth his color in the cup, when it moveth itself aright at the last, it biteth like a serpent and stingeth like an adder. Now folks, that's from the Good Book, but in this here town it's five cents a glass. Five cents a glass, now does anyone think that that is a price of a drink?
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73 out of 92 people found the following review useful.
Still Savage, Still Bloody, Still Great, 27 November 2004
Author: Bill Slocum (bill.slocum@gmail.com) from Greenwich, CT United States

"The Wild Bunch" is one of those movies people don't agree on, even those that agree it's great. It's definitely complex, entertaining in a disturbing way, and manages to be at once nihilistic and moralistic, not an easy trick, especially for a cowboy film.

The first problem we have to deal with when watching this film is the fact there's very quickly a gunfight going on and, against all movie convention, no one to root for. There's an all-star cast on one side, including William Holden, Ernest Borgnine, Ben Johnson, and Warren Oates, but against all expectation, they turn out to be a pretty black crew. About the first thing out of Holden's mouth, said about a cowed group of innocents, is "If they move, kill 'em," and before the battle is over, we've seen him and his team commit all sorts of savagery. About the only reason we don't immediately see them as evil is that the people they battle are no better.

Over time, we are encouraged to find something of value in Holden's Pike Bishop and his ruthless confederates, as they ride away, lick their wounds, and try to figure out how to get something else going, anything. The only problem is its 1913 and these outlaws are running out of time and options. "I'd like to make one good score and back off," is how Pike says it, to which Borgnine's faithful buddy Dutch exclaims: "Back off to what?!"

Chasing the bunch, and offering the viewer the film's one sympathetic character, is Robert Ryan as Deke Thornton, a former partner of Pike's who doesn't want to go back to jail and for whom killing the bunch is the one unpleasant means of securing his freedom. Ryan, who died in 1973, is probably not as recognizable as the other leads today, but he lends a sad, elegiac presence to his on-screen moments that give the film much of its grace and warmth.

The final star is director Sam Peckinpah, who made a truly revolutionary film that not only pushed the art of film forward but holds up today as a cinematic experience. Time has been kind to this film in a way it hasn't to other ground-breaking auteur moments from the same era, like "MASH" and "Easy Rider." When "The Wild Bunch" came out just as the 1960s were ending, people were truly shocked by the violence and cruel characters. Today, of course, such things are so common, and so mindlessly celebrated, that we find ourselves admiring what Peckinpah does for the surprisingly subtle and restrained way he goes about presenting us with mayhem and carnage, and his refusal to glorify it, however exciting and entertaining the overall package.

Surprisingly for a director who had trouble getting work at the time, Peckinpah landed three Oscar winners in the cast, and a fourth, Ben Johnson, who'd win his a couple of years later. Obviously, the acting is strong, each player investing his spare lines with the right degree of space and spirit, but it's probably worked even better that the movie game in 1969 was in the process of passing the fuddy-duddy likes of Holden, Borgnine, and Edmond O'Brien behind. This makes them very believable as a group of hard-nosed has-beens. In that light, it's kind of cool how hip this film so quickly became when it was released.

It's such a good film it's easy to overlook minor weaknesses. There's a nice bit of symbolism in the beginning, now famous, where the gang rides past a group of children tormenting scorpions and ants, but the point, once made, is beaten into the ground. There are some bits of convenience that stick out, like when a gunned-down outlaw rises and mows down his attackers with a few too-precise shotgun blasts. The general dislikeability of just about everything and everybody does feel a bit of a weight after a couple of viewings.

But what's great is just awesome, especially that opening sequence and the final showdown at Bloody Porch. Such terrific punch-drunk ambiance, it's almost a shame to watch it sober. The feeling of a new era coming upon us, which we see in everything from the doughboy uniforms at the outset to the car General Mapache rides around in, is redoubled by the glorious splendor, even clarity of this picture. Is it too much to praise a movie for the quality of the film stock itself? This is a paradox film, one about obsolescence and growing old that remains startling new-looking and fresh 35 years on.

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