The Wild Bunch details
|Formats:||18 DVD, Blu-ray|
|Starring:||William Holden, Robert Ryan, Ernest Borgnine, Warren Oates, Ben Johnson, L.Q. Jones, Strother Martin, Emilio Fernandez, Edmund O'Brien, Albert Dekker, Str|
|Studio:||WARNER HOME VIDEO|
|Collections:||100 Wild Westerns, All-Out Action, American Film Institute's top 100, IMDb Highest Rated|
The Wild Bunch
|Run time:||2 hours 19 minutes|
|Rental release:||17 Oct 2002|
|Hearing impaired subtitles:||English|
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Calling all Tarantino fans!By GingerSegal from London , 21 Mar 2004
[Highly rated reviewer]A tense, violent and exciting tale of a band of amoral bank robbers, led by William Holden, pursued across America and Mexico in 1914 by a reluctant Robert Ryan. Both turn in career best performances in an absorbing story of a dying way of life which neatly avoids sentimentality.
It delivers on many levels, the complex relationships between the main characters being well explored, and you often find yourself being torn between contempt, affection and respect for them.
Sam Peckinpah uses vivid imagery, such as the appearance of a car, and the incongruous image of the new world encroaching on the old highlights the mood of the film.
Its easy to see why this film has had so much influence on the likes of Quentin Tarantino and John Woo, particularly in the action sequences. Stylistically, its a decade ahead of its time and despite spawning many imitations, the gritty gun play is unparalleled even by todays standards. The sense of reality is brought out by ingenious touches, such as the absence of subtitles when the dialogue switches to Spanish, although these episodes are short and do not make the film hard to follow.
The violence means that this film will not be to everyones taste, but a true appreciation of the western genre would not be complete without it. An excellent score adds to the raw tension, and Lucien Ballards cinematography is a real treat.
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Does it get any betterBy JoePike (1 review) from London , 22 May 2009A wonderful film, the best I have ever seen. Peckinpah took a very basic type of story and enhanced it to such a degree that these outlaws attain our admiration by the final scene.Redemption is the key, the human spirit is there, whatever we do in life,perhaps there is a way in which we can make amends.
The film is rich in character and the locations sumpteous.
I saw it initially in 1969 at the ABC Upton Park one afternoon away from my studies at uni and its power has stayed with me ever since.Even now with all the CGI its still the BUSINESSS!
There's no John Wayne hereBy ChilliOne (53 reviews) from Wallingford, Oxon , 06 May 2009Sam Packinpah's 'TheWild Bunch' not only reimagined the Western as a gritty unflinching world where blood was spilled in copious amounts but tries to put an end to the 'feel good' westerns of John Wayne where heroism was replaced by people living a menial life scavenging the dead for trinkets. Incidentally Wayne hated this movie and said it killed the genre.
From the start this film explodes in the loudest possible way with a gun fight that sees as many innocents slain as it does opposing forces as William Holden's ragtag gang of robbers fights their way out of an ambush.
As a cinematic experience this is an exciting movie famed as much for it's gore and violence as it is for showing us a changing world where the American Outlaw really had no place (the movie was based in 1913 while in Europe Germany was gearing up for War). The characters appear as ageing men who had known better times and are looking for the last big score before retirement. However, they have to face opposition from the Railways and their own turncoat member Deke Thornton who had been captured and is looking if not for redemption then for the reward money.
This is violent storytelling but whether it's gratuitous or not depends on whether you believe cowboys died by just falling over or that they would bleed when shot.
For all that it is noted that this film did produce something like 90,000 blank rounds (more shots than were fired as live rounds in the entire Mexican Revolution during which this film is based) so maybe the critics were right and the Special Effects guys did go a little over the top.
This is a solid movie and tells its story well enough. Peckinpah was famed for this kind of film and this is probably the best example of his work. Holden and the seasoned cast play their roles well but it's the action that stands out and this is a rollercoaster ride of explosions and gun battles played out with the volume turned right up. Every shot and bang impacted on my ears like very few other films I've seen and if you're watching at home on a 5.1 system you might want to warn the neighbours.
Gory, very gory!By Kinkyfish (121 reviews) from York, England , 28 Feb 2009Not actually as good as I was hoping it would be but I can see why it was quite revolutionary in its depiction of violence in slow motion gun battles and how no one really wins in the end. If you are bad its going to catch up with you eventually seems to be the message here. Nice to see a young Ernest Borgnine.
the wild bunchBy a customer from near Gloucester , 25 Oct 2008This is an exciting western film, not the usual stuff but a more unique film, I enjoyed it. Try it and see!!
ONE OF THE BEST OF THE WESTBy a customer from Addlestone England KT15 , 22 Oct 2008THIS IS MY KINDA WESTERN
YOU LIKE WESTERNS U GOTTA WATCH THIS
I LOVE IT
YOULL LOVE IT
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