Second greatest western of all time!!! Cast members over 40 - old men never looked this good. The violence is a spectacle but yet responsible - slow motion to show maximum impact of bullets on human flesh with blood gushing out and the grimace on victim face.
Bloody movie with a good cast. The carnage in the final scene might be over the top for some. It worked for me, though. A study in aging and dealing with a changing world. Nice humorous touches along the way. Award winning cinematography and the script was nominated for an oscar. Great flick.
Very well orchestrated and delivered, but my enjoyment level didn't reach many heights. Case in point, the film ends with a montage of different characters laughing, but every scene in which the characters laughed in the film was anything but funny. An ugly tale of ugly men. 3.5 stars
Pike Bishop: "We gotta start thinking beyond our guns. Those days are closing fast". He kows it already; the others only just feel it, but do not know exactly what the hell is happening around them. The end is coming. They are practically sentenced to death, because they cannot fight against technology. That's the core element. The rest is Sam Peckinpah at it's best: violence, bloodbath, shooting, showdown; action.
9 - One of the truest, most sincere portrayals of genuine amorality in the history of cinema. The cross-cutting technique employed by Peckinpah's editors and the wonderful, chaotic yet easy to follow action scenes that it enables remain impressive to this day. Peckinpah found beauty in the weirdest of places.
The western genre is usually indifferent to me, but there are some films you just can't hate. The gun fighting scenes in both Django and The wild Bunch are what I would call epic, The good ,the bad and the ugly might be the greatest (conventional) western...and there's El Topo which is something extraordinarily brilliant