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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
Sam Peckinpah (screenplay) ...
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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 6 wins & 3 nominations See more »
User Reviews:
"Dutch, there are just some people who can't stand to admit they're wrong" 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)

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
 
Crew verified as complete


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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:
According to Paul Seydor in his book "Peckinpah: The Western Films A Reconsideration", it was a preliminary showing of a 151-minute-long rough cut in Kansas City on May 1, 1969, that started the controversy over the extreme violence of this film; several members of the audience in the theater reportedly ran out the exits into a nearby alley to vomit. This version of the film was to be cut by another six minutes or so before its release, but it was in this form that the film got the R rating from the MPAA, though the reaction to the film in Kansas City led the MPAA to briefly consider giving it an X rating.See more »
Goofs:
Miscellaneous: The M1917 machine gun, out of place in a setting of 1913 as already stated, was a water cooled weapon. At no time during the firing of the machine gun is the water jacket hooked up to a source of cooling water.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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Movie Connections:
Referenced in Golden Saddles, Silver Spurs (2000) (TV)See more »
Soundtrack:
Polly Wolly DoodleSee more »

FAQ

Why did the gang take so long giving the rifles they stole to Mapache?
How much sex, violence, and profanity are in this movie?
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77 out of 102 people found the following review useful.
"Dutch, there are just some people who can't stand to admit they're wrong", 17 February 1999
Author: mokman from Springfield, MO

This is simply one of the best westerns, maybe overall best films ever made. Peckinpah's best by far. It is one of those films that grabs you by the thoat and doesn't let you go until it is over. Brilliant casting. I would be hard pressed to find someone who could have played Pike's part better than William Holden. But the rest of the cast for the main characters: Ernest Borgnine, Robert Ryan, Warren Oates Ben Johnson, Jaimie Sanchez and Edmund O'Brien are equally effective in their respective roles. Even the secondary actors, namely Strother Martin and LQ Jones are also great as the "gutter trash" bounty hunters Robert Ryan has to lead in chasing down Pike and his band.

This movie deals with aging gunfighters who had outlived their era, and see their "code of conduct" now passe' in the early 20th Century on the eve of World War I. Technology

in the way of cars, planes, and machine guns has rendered living and dying more impersonal than in Pike's et. al day. In some ways, with the end of the millennium at hand and all the vast technological changes, and changes in values, habits, and lifestyles that have taken place, even in the last couple of decades, many of us viewing the picture can sense just a bit of empathy with the main characters... Although this movie is an action film, there is a sort of foreboding throughout the film that the end is near for them. Yet when it occurs it will happen on their terms. One of my favorite scenes is when Pike and Dutch are sitting in their bedrolls by the fire at Angel's village. Pike talks about the railroad man Harrigan and how "some people just can't stand to admit they're wrong... or learn by it!" And then Dutch asks Pike if he believes they had learned anything today, referring to the bloodbath in the opening scene in Starbuck, to which Pike replies "I sure hope to God we did." The movie when released in 1969 received a lot of criticism for the violence, which was indeed unparralelled at that time. But it is relatively tame by today's standards. Moreover, the violence is not gratuitious as we see in so many films today. You see consquences to the violence hence the "death ballet." the two children holding each other during the shootout in the opening scene, and Robert Ryan's agonizing chagrin at carnage in the street and noticing the young children emulating the gunfighters in the street, the dead bodies not yet removed.. A suprising number of people who have seen this film have not seen the Director's Cut which was re-released in 1994. It puts back in many key scenes, which develops Pike and Deke Thorton's past, which is crucial to tying the movie together and making it a brilliant film. Without these scenes, then it makes little or no sense.. Unfortunately, many television stations when showing this film show the "butchered" version........

A 30th Anniversary addition has recently come out that includes a half-hour documentary "The Wild Bunch: A Portait in Montage, " which, made in 1996 received much acclaim, including an Oscar Nomination.. It makes the viewer even more appreciate Peckinpah's brilliant improvisational skill as well as the technical feats, such as the unforgettable Rio Grade river bridge scene.

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Great stuff... thoughts after seeing uncut version beavertoof
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The whiskey scene...One of my faves. chrisschock
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