THE WILD BUNCH (1969)
- William Holden, Ernest Borgnine, Robert Ryan, Sam Peckinpah (director)The bloodiest Western ever made; with this film Westerns changed forever—these are the usual talking points for The Wild Bunch. Perhaps the most memorable scene is the first. Agroup of United States Army soldiers, dressed in World War I–era uniforms, rides slowly into a prosperous Texas border town. ASalvation Army parade is in progress. Children are playing everywhere. We find out that the soldiers are actually about to rob a bank, but they are riding into a trap. Gunmen are at the top of every building. The shooting starts, and the Salvation Army band is caught in the middle. Tubas and bass drums fly everywhere. Children are trampled. Gatlin guns tear through everything. In graphic slow motion, we see bullets hitting flesh and blood spurting out. We see bodies torn to shreds slowly and in clear vision Technicolor. That is just the first 10 minutes of The Wild Bunch. The narrative is based on the exploits of a historically real outlawgang at the turn of the 20th century. Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid (1969), produced the same year, is a feel-good movie version about a different element of the Wild Bunch.Nobody in this film represents the values of classical Westerns. The gang is ruthless and evil, being chased into Mexico by quasigovernment agents who are every bit as ruthless and evil as the Wild Bunch. There is no moral center in this film because Peckinpah questions whether a moral center even exists anymore. The film resonated perfectly with a generation that was questioning and rejecting every value it had ever been taught. One of the cultural artifacts of that generation’s past had been the classic Westerns and the B Westerns of their childhoods, which now seemed to have been based on superficial and false assumptions about human nature and about social value.
Historical Dictionary of Westerns in Cinema. Paul Varner. 2012.
Look at other dictionaries:
The Wild Bunch — Wild Bunch Título Grupo salvaje (España) La pandilla salvaje (Hispanoamérica) Ficha técnica Dirección Sam Peckinpah Producción Phil Feldman … Wikipedia Español
The Wild Bunch (game) — The Wild Bunch is a computer game released in 1984 for the ZX Spectrum and 1985 for the Amstrad CPC by Firebird Software. Despite its name, it has no relation to the 1969 film but is set in the Wild West. The title refers to a fictitious gang of… … Wikipedia
The Wild Bunch — Infobox Film name = The Wild Bunch image size = 225px caption = theatrical poster director = Sam Peckinpah producer = Phil Feldman writer = Story: Walon Green Roy N. Sickner Screenplay: Sam Peckinpah Walon Green starring = William Holden Ernest… … Wikipedia
The Wild Bunch - Sie kannten kein Gesetz — Filmdaten Deutscher Titel: The Wild Bunch – Sie kannten kein Gesetz Originaltitel: The Wild Bunch Produktionsland: USA Erscheinungsjahr: 1969 Länge: 139 Minuten Originalsprache: Englisch … Deutsch Wikipedia
The Wild Bunch – Sie kannten kein Gesetz — Filmdaten Deutscher Titel: The Wild Bunch – Sie kannten kein Gesetz Originaltitel: The Wild Bunch Produktionsland: USA Erscheinungsjahr: 1969 Länge: 139 Minuten Originalsprache: Englisch … Deutsch Wikipedia
The Wild Bunch — Filmdaten Deutscher Titel The Wild Bunch – Sie kannten kein Gesetz Originaltitel The Wild Bunch … Deutsch Wikipedia
The Wild Bunch — Дикая банда The Wild Bunch Жанр вестерн Режиссёр Сэм Пекинпа Продюсер Фил Фелдман … Википедия
The Wild Bunch — Cette page d’homonymie répertorie les différentes œuvres portant le même titre. The Wild Bunch désigne : Histoire Wild Bunch, nom de la bande à laquelle appartenait Butch Cassidy. Cinéma La Horde sauvage (The Wild Bunch), film réalisé… … Wikipédia en Français
Wild Bunch (disambiguation) — The Wild Bunch was a group of outlaws based in Indian Territory that committed robberies, hold ups and killed lawmen during the 1890s. The Wild Bunch is a 1969 western film about an aging group of outlaws.Wild Bunch or The Wild Bunch may also… … Wikipedia
Wild Bunch — I. the Wild Bunch ➡ Hole in the Wall Gang. II. The Wild Bunch a violent western film (1969), directed by Sam Peckinpah, about a group of outlaws (= criminals) who become involved in the Mexican Revolution. Some people consider it to be one of the … Universalium