The Wild Bunch
Sunday, August 5, 2012, 6:00 p.m.
Dir. Sam Peckinpah. 1969, 145 mins. 35mm. With William Holden, Ernest Borgnine, Robert Ryan, Edmond O’Brien, Warren Oates. As the western genre dried up around him, Peckinpah assembled a group of grizzled veterans for one last trip into the breach. A cadre of aging outlaws, fleeing the authorities, attempts to make a final score for a Mexican general, but when things go awry, the gang finds itself in one of the wildest and bloodiest of screen shoot-outs. Peckinpah’s masterpiece is at once classical and revisionist, an exemplar of the very genre it so brilliantly subverts.
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