The Wild Bunch
The Wild Bunch (1969)

The Wild Bunch symbolically marks the end of the Old West in this violent Sam Peckinpah film. Pike (William Holden) leads a renegade band of outlaws in a train robbery to supply Mexican rebels with funds to fight the government of President… More

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Rated: R
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Release Date: August 27, 1997
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Critic Score: 98% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
J. Hoberman
Village Voice

Arguably the strongest Hollywood movie of the 1960s -- a western that galvanizes the clichés of its dying genre with a shocking jolt of delirious carnage.

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Jay Boyar
Orlando Sentinel

It is certainly one of the best westerns ever made, and the best film of any kind to come out in 1969.

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Josh Larsen
LarsenOnFilm

In Peckinpah's world, the law and the lawless are one and the same - destructive agents of chaos.

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Carrie Rickey
Philadelphia Inquirer

In an era when body-count films mirror the mounting body count offscreen, The Wild Bunch dissects death rather than glorifying it.

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Peter Travers
Rolling Stone

It's a towering achievement that grows more riveting and resonant with the years.

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Total Film

It's the melancholy, the desolation. It's one of the saddest Westerns ever made.

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Michael Wilmington
Chicago Tribune

The Wild Bunch is an American masterpiece, one of the greatest films ever produced in the Hollywood system.

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TIME Magazine

The Wild Bunch is Peckinpah's most complex inquiry into the metamorphosis of man into myth. Not incidentally, it is also a raucous, violent, powerful feat of American film making.

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Stephen Hunter
Baltimore Sun

It's one of the great, arrogant take-it-or-leave-it jobs in history, and by this point it is so beyond either defense or attack that I come neither to praise nor to bury it but merely to describe it.

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Flixster Audience Score: 91% Flixster User Reviews
Alex roy
Raw, intense, visceral and gritty are just some of the few words that describe Sam Peckinpah's The Wild Bunch, which ranks among the finest Westerns ever… More
Jim Hunter
A gang of outlaws involves itself with a Mexican dictator while pursued by one of their own. One day in my one-sentence synopsis of a Western's plot, I… More
Cameron Sherwell
A tale of unfaltering masculinity in an era of change, Sam Peckinpah's 'The Wild Bunch' is a masterfully crafted deviation from the conventional… More
Carlos Magalhães
Initially panned by the critics for its graphic level of violence, it is now rightly considered by most as an indisputable classic. An explosive and… More
xGary Xx
Sam Peckinpah's eulogy to the old west is regarded as something of a classic of the genre. One of the most striking things about this film is the total… More
Tim Salmons
A masterpiece from beginning to end, Sam Peckinpah's The Wild Bunch is the quintessential bad guy hang out movie. These guys do some terrible things, but… More

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