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The Wild Bunch

Directed by Sam Peckinpah
United States, 1969
Western, Action


As the “traditional American west” starts to fade in the early part of the 20th century, a band of outlaws fumble a simple bank robbery in Texas and in return head down to Mexico for one final score.

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The Wild Bunch Directed by Sam Peckinpah

Awards & Festivals

Academy Awards

1970 | 2 nominations including: Best Music, Original Score for a Motion Picture (not a Musical)

Directors Guild of America

1970 | Nominee: Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Motion Pictures

National Society of Film Critics Awards

1970 | Winner: Best Cinematography

When Sam Peckinpah made The Wild Bunch in 1969, the western form was reborn. Suddenly—in large part due to the crumbling of the Production Code and instatement of the less restrictive rating system still in place—the streets could be filthy and strewn with refuse, whores and madams could step out from behind their euphemisms, moral arcs could be traced backwards or ignored altogether, and most tellingly, violence had material consequences.
July 01, 2016
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For all his macho excess and drunken bluster, from Ride the High Country to Pat Garrett and Billy the Kid, Peckinpah resolutely set the tone for the revisionist western that would come to reflect a hard-nosed re-appraisal of the simplistic heroism projected by Golden Age directors as the heart of the American project. His greatest movie as well as his defining reel of de-romanticization, employing innovations like slow-motion sequences and quick cuts, is The Wild Bunch.
March 30, 2016
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For many, the quintessential Sam Peckinpah movie. Terse dialogue amidst laconic pacing, a portrait of hardened masculinity at once gritty and elegiac, and, of course, violence depicted with such exacting detail as to seem (pace Roger Ebert) “a meditation on itself”: Everything we associate with the art of Bloody Sam is flown from the rafters here.
February 19, 2016
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