The Wild Bunch
The Wild Bunch (1969)

Sam Peckinpah's controversial revisionist Western takes place in Texas and Mexico in 1913, a transitional year when the Old West was giving way to the New West. The titular outlaw bunch, headed by ethical-in-his-fashion Pike (William… More

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Rated: R
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Release Date: June 18, 1969
DVD Release Date: August 27, 1997
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Critic Score: 96% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: The Wild Bunch is Sam Peckinpah's shocking, violent ballad to an old world and a dying genre.

Pauline Kael
New Yorker

It's a traumatic poem of violence, with imagery as ambivalent as Goya's.

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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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Barbara Shulgasser
Common Sense Media

Extremely violent '60s Western with drinking and sex.

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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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Tim Brayton
Antagony & Ecstasy

Even as a spectacular victim of its own success, the film retains a primitive, raw, vulgarly masculine power that leaves it powerful in all the right ways, and surprisingly un-dated.

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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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Josh Larsen

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

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Flixster Audience Score: 91% Flixster User Reviews
Kevin M. Williams
In Peckinpah's view, the bad guys are really the good guys because at least they have a code of honor. The good guys are little more than thieving cur,… 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 due to its graphic amount of violence, this is an explosive and unforgettable Western classic that depicts with brutal intensity… 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
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