Wild Bunch, The - Restored Director's Cut (1969)
Front Cover Actor Back Cover
William Holden Pike
Ernest Borgnine Dutch
Robert Ryan Thornton
Edmond O'Brien Sykes
Warren Oates Lyle Gorch
Jaime Sanchez Angel
Ben Johnson Tector Gorch
Emilio Fernandez Mapache
Strother Martin Coffer
L.Q. Jones T.C.
Jaime Sánchez Angel (as Jaime Sanchez)
Emilio Fernández Gen. Mapache (as Emilio Fernandez)
Movie Details
Genre Action; Drama; Western
Director Sam Peckinpah
Producer Phil Feldman; Roy N. Sickner
Writer Walon Green; Roy N. Sickner
Studio Warner Bros.; WARNER HOME VIDEO
Language English
Audience Rating R
Running Time 2 hr 25 mins
Country USA
Color Color
Plot
Here's how director Sam Peckinpah described his motivation behind The Wild Bunch at the time of the film's 1969 release: "I was trying to tell a simple story about bad men in changing times. The Wild Bunch is simply what happens when killers go to Mexico. The strange thing is you feel a great sense of loss when these killers reach the end of the line." All of these statements are true, but they don't begin to cover the impact that Peckinpah's film had on the evolution of American movies. Now the film is most widely recognized as a milestone event in the escalation of screen violence, but that's a label of limited perspective. Of course, Peckinpah's bloody climactic gunfight became a masterfully directed, photographed, and edited ballet of graphic violence that transcended the conventional Western and moved into a slow-motion realm of pure cinematic intensity. But the film--surely one of the greatest Westerns ever made--is also a richly thematic tale of, as Peckinpah said, "bad men in changing times." The year is 1913 and the fading band of thieves known as the Wild Bunch (led by William Holden as Pike) decide to pull one last job before retirement. But an ambush foils their plans, and Peckinpah's film becomes an epic yet intimate tale of betrayed loyalties, tenacious rivalry, and the bunch's dogged determination to maintain their fading code of honor among thieves. The 144-minute director's cut enhances the theme of male bonding that recurs in many of Peckinpah's films, restoring deleted scenes to deepen the viewer's understanding of the friendship turned rivalry between Pike and his former friend Deke Thornton (Robert Ryan), who now leads a posse in pursuit of the bunch, a dimension that adds resonance to an already classic American film. The Wild Bunch is a masterpiece that should not be defined strictly in terms of its violence, but as a story of mythic proportion, brimming with rich characters and dialogue and the bittersweet irony of outlaw traditions on the wane. --Jeff Shannon
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Index 851
Collection Status In Collection
Purchase Date 11/12/03
Purchase Price $16.00
Store Best Buy
Owner JC
Links IMDB
Amazon US
Folder 007
Product Details
Format DVD
Region Region 1
Screen Ratio Widescreen 2.35:1 Color
2.35:1
Layers Dual side, single layer
UPC 085391403425
Chapters 56
Release Date 1997
Subtitles English; Spanish; French
Packaging Snap Case
Audio Tracks ENGLISH: Dolby Digital 5.1 [CC]
English Dolby Digital 5.1
Nr of Disks/Tapes 1
Extra Features
Color Closed-captioned Dolby Widescreen