The Wild Bunch

Starring: Ernest Borgnine & William Holden Director: Sam Peckinpah  Rated: R: Restricted
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The Wild Bunch
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DVD Features:

  • Rated: R
  • Run Time: 2 hours, 25 minutes
  • Video: Color
  • Released:
  • Originally Released: 1969
  • Label: Warner Home Video
  • Encoding: Region 1 (USA & Canada)
  • Note: Commentary by Peckinpah Biographers/Documentarians Nick Redman, Paul Seydor, Garner Simmons and David Weddle
    • Peckinpah Trailer Gallery
  • Dual Layer
  • Director's Cut
  • Audio:
    • Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo - English, French
    • Dolby Digital 5.1 - English, French
    • Subtitles - English, French, Spanish

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Major Awards:

Academy Awards 1970 - Best Adapted or Musical Song/Score: Jerry Fielding

Entertainment Reviews:

USA Today - 03/07/1995
"...There's never been a greater movie about loyalty among men than this..."
Entertainment Weekly - 08/18/1995
"...Engrossing entertainment." -- Rating: B+
Variety - 02/27/1995
"...Virtually every character in THE WILD BUNCH is a fully fleshed-out, complex portrait of humanity....It's a tale that is just as important and pertinent as ever..."
Chicago Sun-Times - 03/17/1995
"..It represents its set of sad, empty values with real poetry....Seeing this restored version is like understanding the film at last..."
Entertainment Weekly - 01/20/2006
"[A] flawless masterpiece....Peckinpah refined the use of slo-mo violence and graphic bloodshed here, but the deeper artistry was how such actions revealed character..."
Ultimate DVD - 07/01/2006
5 stars out of 5 -- "It's not light, it's not trivial: it hits you hard, and leaves a lasting impression..."
Empire - 03/01/2008
"Vital, visionary and very, very violent....That it still seems relevant after 40 years is testament to its uncompromising power."

Plot Synopsis:

Pike Bishop is the leader of a small clan of outlaws confronting the closing American frontier. The year is 1913, and the prairie crew, disguised as US soldiers, ride into a dusty Texas town and rob the railway office. A bloodbath ensues with innocent people caught in the crossfire. The gang leaves town but the railroad boss' hired gunmen pursue them.

Escaping to Mexico, the posse joins forces with the merciless anti-revolutionary dictator Mapache, agreeing to hijack a US ammunitions train. When Mapache double-crosses them and tortures youngest group member Angel upon discovering he's a revolutionary, the gang is caught between bounty hunters and Mapache's troops.

Plot Keywords:

Classic | Classic Fight Scenes | Essential Cinema | Mercenaries | Recommended | Theatrical Release | Vengeance | Violence

Production Notes:

  • Theatrical release: 1969
  • THE WILD BUNCH was added to the Library of Congress National Film Registry in 1999.
  • Peckinpah had a response for those who decried the film's violence: "Well, killing a man isn't clean and quick and simple--it's bloody and awful. And maybe if enough people come to realize that shooting somebody isn't just fun and games, maybe we'll get somewhere."
  • The original Peckinpah cut ran 152 minutes. For practical reasons he cut the theatrically released print to 144 minutes. Producer Phil Feldman was responsible for creating a 35mm wide-screen print that was 134 minutes. Another shorter version, distributed in Europe was 127 minutes, in 70mm film, and allegedly contained sequences never included as part of the American product.
  • Emilio Fernandez, who played Mapache, was one of Mexico's foremost actors and directors. Interestingly, in some of his most famous Mexican films, such as ENAMORADA, Fernandez was cast as the revolutionary hero--the complete opposite of his role in THE WILD BUNCH.
  • Alfonso Arau, who directed the Mexican love story LIKE WATER FOR CHOCOLATE, made his American acting debut as the bandito Herrera.

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  • Sales Rank: 87,058
  • UPC: 883929153213
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