The Wild Bunch (1969)
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as Pike Bishop
as Dutch Engstrom
as Deke Thornton
as Lyle Gorch
as Tector Gorch
as Pat Harrigan
as Crazy Lee
as Mayor Wainscoat
as Lt. Zamorra
as Don José
as German Army Officer
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Critic Reviews for The Wild Bunch
Remains hugely impressive, both for its technical brilliance and the emotional ferocity of its themes: old age, friendship, betrayal and the struggle to retain some kind of cock-eyed code of honour in an increasingly cynical world.
Underneath the movie, which is set on the eve of World War I, there's an elegiac plangency that stays with you long after the shocks have worn off...The Wild Bunch still won't go down easy.
It's a traumatic poem of violence, with imagery as ambivalent as Goya's.
Arguably the strongest Hollywood movie of the 1960s -- a western that galvanizes the clichés of its dying genre with a shocking jolt of delirious carnage.
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In Peckinpah's view, the bad guys are really the good guys because at least they have a code of honor. The good guys are little more than thieving cur, deserving bloody eradication. Despite the spurious politics, still a mammoth film, a testosterone ballet of bullets, blood and booty.
Initially panned by the critics due to its graphic amount of violence, this is an explosive and unforgettable Western classic that depicts with brutal intensity the last breath of an era, when outlaw gunfighters were finally becoming obsolete for a new, modern generation.
Raw, intense, visceral and gritty are just some of the few words that describe Sam Peckinpah's The Wild Bunch, which ranks among the finest Westerns ever made. The film features an all star cast of talented actors who light up the screen in the classic film. Every actor brings something terrific to the screen that elevates the plot significantly. Under Peckinpah's kinetic direction, The Wild Bunch is an action packed Western that is one of the finest in the genre. Peckinpah, like Sergio Leone before him, helped shape the Western film in a way that was both brutal, yet beautiful. Peckinpah had a flair for crafting pictures that really raised the bar in the way violence was presented, and in doing so, he broke new ground in what you could do in the cinematic medium. Set near the end of the Old West, when the country is being modernized in first years of the 20th Century, the film follows a group of aging outlaws out for one last score. The story is simple, but it works to the film's advantage because it doesn't overcomplicate things, the film uses the performances to elevate the films story. The result is impressive and in turn The Wild Bunch is a superb and accomplished picture that ranks among the finest Westerns ever made. With a great cast at his disposal, Sam Peckinpah does what he does best, and that's to make a riveting, violent and highly thrilling picture that has all of the director's trademarks that has made his work standout. In terms of sheer entertainment, The Wild Bunch succeeds on every level, with memorable performances, tense, well executed action; this is a blistering Western that is ranks among the finest of the genre. Sam Peckinpah knew how to get the most out of a simple concept, and that's exactly the case with this movie. Highly engaging from start to finish, this is a thrilling picture that delivers on all fronts, and it's a movie made with that raised the bar of what you could do in the genre.
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