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The Wild Bunch [DVD]

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  • As a counterpoint to the heroic horde of THE MAGNIFICENT SEVEN, the aging gunmen of Sam Peckinpah's masterpiece break the very laws of honor which bind them in this bloody and meditative tale of the American West--widely considered to be the self-conscious nail in the coffin of the genre. William Holden, Robert Ryan, and Ernest Borgnine star as the leaders of a grizzled crew of Texan bandits who ride to Mexico, where, one by one, they are unceremoniously slaughtered by a Mexican revolutionary. The western, a genre steeped in legend and the concept of loyalty, was a dying breed when Sam Peckinpah unleashed this amoral and violent opus. Along with BONNIE AND CLYDE, it ushered in a new breed of Hollywood film, depicting a harsh reality where lines between right and wrong became blurred. Peckinpah brilliantly used aging Western stars such as Ryan and Holden to convey this passing of the cinematic torch. The film brought issues of violence and morality in movies to the forefront of American film criticism. Instead of appreciating the film as a critique of brutal violence, many critics responded by rejecting what they saw as a superfluous spectacle of dead bodies.

    Academy Awards Best Adapted or Musical Song/Score 1970 Jerry Fielding

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  • Credits
    William Holden, William Franklin Beedle, Bill Holden, Ernest Borgnine, Ermes Effron Borgnine, Robert Ryan, Warren Oates, Jaime Sanchez, Ben Johnson, Edmond O'Brien, Bo Hopkins, Emilio Fernandez, Strother Martin, Alfonso Arau
  • Critic Reviews
    "...There's never been a greater movie about loyalty among men than this..."
    USA Today

    "...Engrossing entertainment." -- Rating: B+
    Entertainment Weekly

    "...Virtually every character in THE WILD BUNCH is a fully fleshed-out, complex portrait of humanity....It's a tale that is just as important and pertinent as ever..."
    Variety

    "..It represents its set of sad, empty values with real poetry....Seeing this restored version is like understanding the film at last..."
    Chicago Sun-Times

    "[A] flawless masterpiece....Peckinpah refined the use of slo-mo violence and graphic bloodshed here, but the deeper artistry was how such actions revealed character..."
    Entertainment Weekly

    5 stars out of 5 -- "It's not light, it's not trivial: it hits you hard, and leaves a lasting impression..."
    Ultimate DVD

    "Vital, visionary and very, very violent....That it still seems relevant after 40 years is testament to its uncompromising power."
    Empire

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