The Wild Bunch

The Wild Bunch

DVD - 2006
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Outlaws on the U.S.-Mexican border face the march of progress, the Mexican army and a gang of bounty hunters led by a former member as they plan to rob a U.S. Army train.
Publisher: Burbank, CA : Distributed by Warner Home Video, c2006.
Edition: Two-disc special ed. Original director's cut.
ISBN: 9781419810763
1419810766
Branch Call Number: FIC Wild
Characteristics: 2 DVDs (ca. 145 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in.

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Maoisdead
May 08, 2017

It's a traumatic poem of violence, with imagery as ambivalent as Goya's.

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TheSandoz
Aug 14, 2016

Classic Western by Sam Peckinpah- a must see for fans of the genre.

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TravissT
May 20, 2016

For my money, not only the greatest Western ever made, one of the best films period. One of my three favorites, along with Taxi Driver and Apocalypse Now. I've seen it so many times and yet it's impossible to imagine ever growing tired of it. If it only had Lee Marvin!

So much has been written about this masterpiece, but one interesting thing i didn't know until seeing the WB doc on the dvd extras is the production paid the Mexican village to postpone installing electricity until they wrapped shooting. Can you imagine the difficulty in finding a village without electric poles and wires in 1968?

Also in the doc it's fun to see a few of the actors wandering around the set with small movie cameras of their own--perhaps they sensed they were in the midst of something historical?

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Calvacade
Jul 06, 2015

One of the great Westerns and Peckinpah on top form. Profound themes about aging and being 'out of time ' are among the treasures to be found in this film.
I'm not sure how someone can call this movie " deeply racist ", as pretty much everyone comes off badly in this film- the main protagonists most of all.

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JackPurcell
Apr 30, 2015

The best of the 'certain kind' of Americans in Mexico genre that somewhat began with Magnificent Seven, A Bullet for a General, The Professionals, et al. Best because it makes no bones about what it is. The most violent movie ever made until it hit the screens. Today it wouldn't raise an eyebrow, though.

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Monolith
Jul 23, 2012

Colossal Peckinpah Western bloodbath set in 1913, that opens with children giggling as they watch scorpions getting devoured by fire ants -->!!!<-- Killer lineup (literally). A few of the anti-heroes: William Holden, the elusive big cheese of the Wells Fargo robbing Bunch, watching his way of life disappearing; Ernest B. (who just passed, R.I.P.) as his loyal sidekick; wildman Warren Oates, and his brother, Ben Johnson, whose main goal is to get their "bell rope pulled"... Pursued by the double-crossed and rehabilitated (?) ex partner in crime Robert Ryan, and his band of "egg suckin', chicken stealin', gutter trash" bounty hunters, which includes the likes of slimy, grimy Strother Martin. Exploding bridges. Awesome stuff. Everybody needs a bath, and a dentist. Generalissimo Gingivitis Mapaché and his federalés want hot artillery, and probably shouldn't be trusted, but they're promising dinero and bonita señoritas (a few of which are reasonably attractive Janice21383). The bonus features are priceless. I absolutely love this flick. FIVE STARS.

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Janice21383
Jul 05, 2011

This comment is full of SPOILERs, but really, if you have seen a late-period Western, you won't be surprised by anything in The Wild Bunch. So, there's this gang of old American actors/outlaws. They hide out in a Mexican village, where they are sexually serviced by silent, cow-like women. They run afowl of local law enforcement officials who are -- surprise! -- sweaty and corrupt. There are two good action sequences. Robert Ryan wanders around, possibly a refugee from a better picture. The outlaws are again sexually serviced by silent, cow-like women. But honour must also be served, and pretty much everyone dies in extreme, bloody violence. Except for a Mexican peasant family riding by; it's hard to tell, at that distance, if they are sweaty and corrupt, or silent and cow-like.

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AS1987
May 18, 2010

One of the best Westerns of all time!

Arguably Sam Peckinpah's best film.

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Monolith
Jul 23, 2012

Pike Bishop: "If they move, kill 'em!"

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Monolith
Jul 23, 2012

Lyle Gorch: "...Washers... Washers!! ...We shot our way out of that town for a dollar's worth of STEEL HOLES!!!..."

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Monolith
Jul 23, 2012

Lyle Gorch (the Bunch is riding into Angel's village): "Hey, Angel! Why don't you tell your folks to feed them dogs?" Angel: "Any insult to my family while we are here and I will kill you!" Lyle Gorch: "Hey, Angel; do you have a sister?" Angel: "SI!" Lyle Gorch: "I'd be pleased to make her acquaintance. And that of your mama too!" Tector Gorch: "And the same goes for your grandma, too Sonny!"

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Monolith
Jul 23, 2012

Lyle Gorch: "...That general'd just as soon kill us as break wind..."

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