The Wild Bunch (Director's Cut)
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The master of the American western, Sam Peckinpah, directs a stellar cast in this movie that breathed new life into the genre and broke ground in the realistic portrayal of screen violence. This explosive adventure drama is about the last of the legendary lawless breed who lived to kill -- and killed to live. 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. Starring Oscar-winner William Holden ("Network"), Oscar and Golden Globe-winner Ernest Borgnine ("Marty"), Oscar-nominee Robert Ryan ("Crossfire"), and Oscar and Golden Globe-winner Edmond O'Brien ("Seven Days in May"). Recently selected by the prestigious American Film Institute as one of the 100 greatest American Films of all time. Inducted into the Library of Congress National Film Registry.
Movie Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes
- Reviews Counted: 46
- Fresh: 45
- Rotten: 1
- Average Rating: 8.8/10
Top Critics' Reviews
Fresh: The Wild Bunch takes the basic elements of the Western movie myth, which once defined a simple, morally comprehensible world, and by bending them turns them into symbols of futility and aimless corruption.
Fresh: It's a towering achievement that grows more riveting and resonant with the years.
Fresh: 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.
Fresh: Arguably the strongest Hollywood movie of the 1960s -- a western that galvanizes the cliches of its dying genre with a shocking jolt of delirious carnage.
What it took CColf 5000 words to say, misspellings and all, I'll do in 5.
Bloody. Violent. Shocking. Stunning. Great.
Hmm, there's not much reviews on this iTunes store about it.....let's change that shall we?
OK, this movie is AWESOME! It is set in 1913, when the Wild West is dying out due to the modernization of the industrial age. Hmmm, I wonder if there's a certain video game made by RockStarGames that owes a little bit of the idea from this movie? Anyway, this movie is great because of its story and its portrayal of gunfights. The bullet-fests in this movie are so great I don't know how many times I've seen it. I just love it. If you claim to love shoot'em ups, westerns, drama, a good story, or perhaps all of the above then you shall not be disappointed. So, check it out.
Sam Peckingpah, the guy who was responsible for this movie, also made one of my favorite old TV shows that I am glad was not ruined by today's remakes- THE RIFLEMAN!!! (Though, I still am trying to figure out how to get them all since the Rifleman and the Guns of Will Sonnett were the two best western TV shows. Maybe Apple could be kind enough to upload it someday for us western fans.)
I get why this movie is an iconic guy flick. Fantastic cast, it looks great, and it's got classic macho moments everybody else has imitated ever since. But at almost 2.5 hours this director's cut feels about 1 hour too long. It'd be nice if the greater length revealed a stronger plot and deeper characters, but sadly it's just the opposite. Now more than ever you can see there just isn't enough story here to go the distance, and not enough to these characters for us to really care what happens to them in the end. Between the famous opening sequence, the famous train robbery in the middle and the famous shout-out at the end, these old geezers spend at least an hour just wandering around the desert repeating scenes over and over. I think they, and Peckinpah, were searching for some larger, grander, epic meaning the movie never quite finds. Yeah I get it's The End of the Wild West. I got it the first time. Didn't need them to beat me with it over and over. Meanwhile the giant subplot with the bounty hunters feels more and more intrusive and pointless as the film meanders on. Still, those classic scenes are still great, and you can easily see why this helped kill the awful, phony Technicolor Westerns of the 1950s and 60s and ushered in the grittier, hairier, sweatier, dustier 70s Westerns. Thanks for that, Mr. Pechinpah.