The Wild Bunch
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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 Huerta. Along with Dutch (Ernest Borgnine), Lyle and Tector Gorch , (Warren Oates and Ben Johnson) and Angel (Jaime Sanchez), they pull off the daring train robbery. Not only are they the target of Mexican Army troops, but a greedy railroad baron has release Thornton (Robert Ryan) from jail to hunt down his old friend Pike. Four of the gang disguise… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 98%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"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."
‑ J. Hoberman, Village Voice
"It is certainly one of the best westerns ever made, and the best film of any kind to come out in 1969."
‑ Jay Boyar, Orlando Sentinel
"In Peckinpah's world, the law and the lawless are one and the same - destructive agents of chaos."
‑ Josh Larsen, LarsenOnFilm
"One of the great artistic achievements of the 20th century. And a bloody awesome western to boot!"
‑ , Film4
"one of the absolute best movies in the short history of the medium"
‑ Walter Chaw, Film Freak Central
"In an era when body-count films mirror the mounting body count offscreen, The Wild Bunch dissects death rather than glorifying it."
‑ Carrie Rickey, Philadelphia Inquirer
"It's a towering achievement that grows more riveting and resonant with the years."
‑ Peter Travers, Rolling Stone
"It's the melancholy, the desolation. It's one of the saddest Westerns ever made."
‑ , Total Film
"[VIDEO ESSAY] Famous for its breathtaking bridge explosion sequence, "The Wild Bunch" is a western layered with social commentary about war, codes of honor among men, and humanity's childish nature that bends equally between violence and pleasure."
‑ Cole Smithey,
"... a spurting blast of pulp and poetry choreographed into a ballet of violence."
‑ Sean Axmaker,
"The Wild Bunch is an American masterpiece, one of the greatest films ever produced in the Hollywood system."
‑ Michael Wilmington, Chicago Tribune
"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."
‑ , TIME Magazine
"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."
‑ Stephen Hunter, Baltimore Sun
"a work of art, and revives love for pure cinema"
‑ John A. Nesbit, Old School Reviews
"Sam Peckinpah's great, bloody Western shocked most people with its extreme violence upon its original release, but now it's firmly nestled in the American canon."
‑ Jeffrey M. Anderson, Combustible Celluloid
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