The Wild Bunch (1969)
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"If they move, kill 'em!" Beginning and ending with two of the bloodiest battles in screen history, Sam Peckinpah's classic revisionist Western ruthlessly takes apart the myths of the West. Released in the late '60s discord over Vietnam, in the wake of the controversial Bonnie and Clyde (1967) and the brutal "spaghetti westerns" of Sergio Leone, The Wild Bunch polarized critics and audiences over its ferocious bloodshed. One side hailed it as a classic appropriately pitched to the violence and
Jun 18, 1969 Wide
Aug 27, 1997
Warner Bros. Pictures
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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.
In an era when body-count films mirror the mounting body count offscreen, The Wild Bunch dissects death rather than glorifying it.
The Wild Bunch is an American masterpiece, one of the greatest films ever produced in the Hollywood system.
It is certainly one of the best westerns ever made, and the best film of any kind to come out in 1969.
It's a towering achievement that grows more riveting and resonant with the years.
The Wild Bunch is Peckinpah's most complex inquiry into the metamorphosis of man into myth. Not incidentally, it is also a raucous, violent, powerful feat of American film making.
In Peckinpah's world, the law and the lawless are one and the same - destructive agents of chaos.
It's the melancholy, the desolation. It's one of the saddest Westerns ever made.
It's one of the great, arrogant take-it-or-leave-it jobs in history, and by this point it is so beyond either defense or attack that I come neither to praise nor to bury it but merely to describe it.
One of the great artistic achievements of the 20th century. And a bloody awesome western to boot!
[VIDEO ESSAY] Famous for its breathtaking bridge explosion sequence, "The Wild Bunch" is a western layered with social commentary about war, codes of honor among men, and humanity's childish nature that bends equally between violence and pleasure.
... a spurting blast of pulp and poetry choreographed into a ballet of violence.
Sam Peckinpah's great, bloody Western shocked most people with its extreme violence upon its original release, but now it's firmly nestled in the American canon.
...a landmark Western and a good, thoughtful, rousing adventure besides.
Peckinpah's masterpiece, which is replete with poetic and violent imagery, demystifies the Old American West where no group (outlaws, railroaders, businessmen) is spared critical scrutiny. A highlight of the Western genre, it's one of 1969's best films.
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- Pike: Come on you lazy bastard!
- Dutch: I"m coming damn it!
- Don José: We all dream of being a child again, even the worst of us. Perhaps the worst most of all.
- Dutch: Give 'em hell Pike! [Pike goes down]
- Pike: Let's go!
- Lyle Gorch: Why the hell not?
- Dutch: They'll be waitin' for us.
- Pike: I wouldn't have it any other way
- Dutch: Pike, I wouldn't have it any other way either!
- Dutch: Well, I'd say those fellas know how to handle themselves!
- Sykes: They been fightin' Apaches for a thousand years. That's a sure way to learn.
- Pike: They ever get armed, with good leader, this whole country'll go up in smoke!
- Sykes: That it will son, that it will.
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