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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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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:
Brutal and elegiac masterpiece. See more (284 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:
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)
 
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)
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)
 
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) | 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 | 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)
Filming Locations:

Did You Know?

Trivia:
In 2007, the American Film Institute ranked this as the #79 Greatest Movie of All Time.See more »
Goofs:
Factual errors: In the scene in which Angel shoots his girlfriend, and the Wild Bunch is confronted by Gen. Mapache's men, Commander Mohr asks them about their weapons, and informs them that they are U.S. Army weapons and cannot be owned by civilians. However, the only U.S. Army weapons which they possess are M1911 Colt pistols, which in fact had been sold commercially since 1911, two years before this film takes place.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 Friday the 13th Part III (1982)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?
Why is this movie a "western" if the Bunch are using Colt 1911s & an M1917 machine gun?
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24 out of 25 people found the following review useful.
Brutal and elegiac masterpiece., 4 March 2008
Author: Spikeopath from United Kingdom

Outlaws led by Pike Bishop on the Mexican-U.S. frontier face not only the passing of time, but bounty hunters {led by a former partner of Pike, Deke Thornton} and the Mexican army as well.

In 1969 Sam Peckinpah picked up the torch that Arthur Penn lit with 1967's Bonnie & Clyde, and literally poured gasoline on it to impact on cinema to the point that the shock wave is still being felt today. The death of the Motion Picture Production Code in 1967 ushered in a new era for cinema goers, it was a time for brave and intelligent directors to step up to the plate to deliver stark and emotive thunder, and with The Wild Bunch, director Sam Peckinpah achieved this by the shed load.

The Wild Bunch doesn't set out to be liked, it is a harsh eye opening perception of the Western genre, this is the other side of the coin to the millions of Westerns that whoop and holler as the hero gets the girl and rides off into the sunset. The Wild Bunch thematically is harshly sad for the protagonists, these are men out of their time, this is a despicable group of men, driven by greed and cynicism, they think of nothing to selling arms to a vile amoral army across the border.

The film opens with a glorious credit sequence as we witness the Bunch riding into town, the picture freeze frames in black & white for each credit offering, from here on in we know that we are to witness something different, and yes, something very special. The film is bookended by carnage, and sandwiched in the middle is an equally brilliant train robbery, yet the impact of these sequences is only enhanced because the quality of the writing is so good (Walon Green and Roy N. Sickner alongside Peckinpah). There's no pointless discussions or scene filling explanations of the obvious. Each passage, in each segment, is thought thru to gain credibility for the shattering and bloody climax. There is of course one massive and intriguing question that hangs over the film; how did Peckinpah make such low moral men appear as heroes? Well I'm not here to tell you that because you need to witness the film in its entirety for yourself. But it's merely one cheeky point of note in a truly majestic piece of work. A film that even today stands up as one of the greatest American films ever made. 10/10

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