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The Wild Bunch -- Receiving two Academy Award nominations, this bitter, brutal story of magnificent losers in a dying West remains one of the screen's all-time classics.
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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Walon Green (screenplay) and
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18 June 1969 (USA) See more »
The land had changed. They hadn't. The earth had cooled. They couldn't. See more »
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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Nominated for 2 Oscars. Another 6 wins & 3 nominations See more »
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  (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:
Archie Butler ... Jabalai (uncredited)
Tap Canutt ... Burt (uncredited)
Gordon T. Dawson ... Pinkerton Man (uncredited)
Mickey Gilbert ... Frank (uncredited)

Robert 'Buzz' Henry ... Bounty Hunter (uncredited)
'Chico' Hernandez ... Boy on Town (uncredited)

Buck Holland ... Thornton Posse Rider (uncredited)
Walt La Rue ... Abe (uncredited)
Erwin Neal ... Fray (uncredited)
Matthew Peckinpah ... Boy Watching Robber Scoop Up Moneybag (uncredited)
Bill Shannon ... Bounty Hunter (uncredited)
Jim Sheppard ... Bounty Hunter (uncredited)
Jack Williams ... Phil (uncredited)
Joe Yrigoyen ... Simkins (uncredited)

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)
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)
Chet Jan .... driver (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)
General de Brigada E.E. Procopio Ortiz R. .... thanks
Crew verified as complete

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Also Known As:
"Wild Bunch" - Japan (English title) (imdb display title)
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USA:145 min | 144 min (director's cut)
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)
Argentina:18 | Australia:MA (director's cut) | Australia:R (original rating) | 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 | Ireland:(Banned) (original decision) | 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?

This film was adapted from a story thought up by Roy N. Sickner, an actor and stuntman. Walon Green wrote the script, which was then rewritten by Sam Peckinpah. Green felt that Peckinpah's rewrite was substantial enough to deserve credit, but he had to lobby the WGA (Writers Guild of America) to allow Peckinpah a credit. Green has always said he was grateful to Peckinpah for not rewriting too much of the script just to get credit. Green, Sickner and Peckinpah all shared Academy Award nominations for best screenplay (the only Oscar nomination Peckinpah ever received in his entire career.) They didn't win.See more »
Anachronisms: The machine gun used at the end of the film is a Browning model 1917, the film is supposedly circa 1913See more »
[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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46 out of 54 people found the following review useful.
A great period western..., 15 October 1998
Author: dexter-3 from Farifield, CT

Critics of Sam Peckinpah generally focus on the gore and violence in his films. "The Wild Bunch" will probably not assuage these critics, but the violence is not gratuitous. In fact, it is almost perfectly meshed in this story of a group of outlaws held together by some frail and some strong bonds who realize that their era - and probably their lives - are almost at an end. The story also deals with a man (Robert Ryan) who was wounded and forced out of the gang, and who must now capture and kill his friend (William Holden), with no option other than to succeed. This film is also about loyalty, choice and honor, and is carried by surprisingly strong acting and writing. Yes the violence is on a large scale (which seems to be commonplace for films portraying the Mexican Revolution), but it is completely in place with these characters and the era in which they live. This is not always a pleasant film to watch, but it is very rewarding, and may be the best film Peckinpah made.

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