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The Wild Bunch (1969)

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

Director:

Sam Peckinpah

Writers:

Walon Green (screenplay), Sam Peckinpah (screenplay) | 2 more credits »
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Nominated for 2 Oscars. Another 6 wins & 5 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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 Paul Harper ... Ross
Jorge Russek ... Zamorra
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Storyline

It's 1913, and the "traditional" American West is dying. Among the inhabitants of this dying era are an outlaw gang called "The Wild Bunch." After a failed railroad office robbery, the gang heads to Mexico to do one last job. Seeing their times and lives drifting away in the newly formed world of the 20th century, the gang takes the job and ends up in a brutally violent last stand against their enemies deemed to be corrupt, in a small Mexican town ruled by a ruthless general. Written by blazesnakes9

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Taglines:

If you only want to spend two hours in a movie theatre and go home and forget it, stay away from THE WILD BUNCH. See more »


Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

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Details

Country:

USA | Mexico

Language:

English | Spanish | German

Release Date:

7 August 1969 (Hong Kong) See more »

Also Known As:

Divlja horda See more »

Filming Locations:

Bavispe, Sonora, Mexico See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$6,244,087 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$638,641, 31 December 1995
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

(director's cut)

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)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

Lou Lombardo showed Sam Peckinpah how he had edited a death scene for The Felony Squad (1966). He had triple-printed a death scene which made it last much longer, using slow motion and different angles. Said Lombardo, "That impressed [producer Phil Feldman] and Sam, too. He said, 'That's how we're going to do 'The Wild Bunch'--but not all of it'." See more »

Goofs

When the gang is crossing the desert and fall down the sand dune, two different shadows of the same person is visible, revealing that artificial light was used to shot the scene. 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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Alternate Versions

The 1995 restoration, which runs 144 minutes and 24 seconds, returns to the European version but drops the intermission, which was originally inserted just before the train robbery, the first half of the film ending with Pike and Dutch on the trail and Pike's line, "This is our last go-round, Dutch, this time we do it right." As the intermission was created in the first place only in response to the European distributor's demand for a roadshow engagement, it has been left out of the restoration. Warner Home Video's current video tape and laserdisc, both widescreen, are from the 1995 restoration, which, despite some claims to the contrary, is to the version that Sam Peckinpah himself prepared and authorized for release in 1969 and it represents his final cut of The Wild Bunch. See more »


Soundtracks

La Golondrina
(uncredited)
Written by Narcisco Serradell
[Sung by the Mexican villagers as the bandit protagonists leave Angel's Mexican village]
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Pekinpah's best movie with magnificent scenes and stimulating images
13 December 2009 | by ma-cortesSee all my reviews

1913, nine men who came too late and stayed too long . This is the story about some men making their last stand . At the beginning , the wild bunch holds up a bank of Texas , but it goes wrong . The misfit group is formed by Dutch (Ernest Borgnine) , the Gorch brothers (Ben Johnson, Warren Oates) , Angel (Jaime Sanchez) , Sykes (Edmond O'Brien) and commanded by Pike (William Holden) . After that , they go to Mexican territory , being pursued by Thorton (Robert Ryan) and his ragtag band (Peckinpah's usual : Strother Martin and L. Q. Jones) . At the ending the Wild Bunch makes their last stand against a cruel Mexican general (Emilio Fernandez).

This excellent Western packs lots of action , shootouts, and explosive violence . Taut excitement throughout , beautifully photographed and spectacular bloodletting filmed in slow moving . Rich in texture and including intelligent screenplay full of incredibly lyrics scenes by Peckinpah and Roy Sickner , also producer . Vibrant as well as brilliant all-star-cast displays exceptional performances . Holden and Ryan are perfect as the older gunfighters with their own ethic codes . Furthermore , good secondaries as Bo Hopkins , Albert Dekker , L.Q Jones and Strother Martin gives one of the best performances . Colorful cinematography filmed in Mexico by Lucien Ballard in Technicolor and Panavision . Spectacular and sensitive musical score by Jerry Fielding , including Mexican popular song titled 'Golondrina' that is emotively sung when the bunch comes out of the Mexican village . The motion picture was stunningly directed by Sam Peckinpah , creating a true classic . Restored and reissued various times with diverse running . The Wild Bunch is a real must see for fans of the genre .


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