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Peckinpah also had something to prove at this point in his career, when he was still a hungry director with a vision, before alcoholism, disillusionment and celebrity status took hold. He hid nothing from viewers, and his contradictory heart was laid bare in "The Wild Bunch." The direction and editing during the violent moments of this film - the opening bank robbery and the concluding battle with the Mexican army - are some of the most unforgettable scenes ever put on film. But ironically, and this was usually the case in most Peckinpah films, it is the quiet moments one remembers.Read more ›
The Mexico of 'The Wild Bunch' looks more like a metaphor than a real place. It is both Heaven and Hell; the theatre where the bunch will find Death but also Redemption. Accordingly, every Mexican depicted in the picture is either a saint or a monster (no middle ground here, except for the Mexican member of the Bunch, who is aptly named "Angel", although a fallen one). This serves the story splendidly, for it's meant to be an epic ballad and not a travelogue, but it does jolt the Mexican viewer because the "good Mexico" is portrayed so idyllic it's unreal, while the "bad Mexico" is very, very accurate; in fact, no American movie has captured the look, sound, feel, texture and carnage of the Mexican Revolution as this one has (even if the grandiose final scene, where the Bunch kills hundreds of heavily armed soldiers all by themselves and none of the four falls down even when riddled by bullets, defies all logic!). Perhaps that's why it was banned in Mexico back when it was released in 1969.
Funny, for it was filmed in Mexico as well. The Texas bordertown you see at the begining of the story is actually Parras, Coahuila, and many of its citizens acted as extras in the movie: white ones as "Texans", brown ones as -what else?- Mexicans! Don Raúl Madero, brother of Francisco I. Madero, the man who started the Mexican Revolution, appears ...as a Texan! Even the two German officers are Mexican!Read more ›
Beyond this, however, there is the film itself; and now that the controversy it engendered has faded into history and its slow-motion carnage has become cinematic banality, the film has begun to emerge in its own right. This is all too the good, because THE WILD BUNCH taken on its own terms is an extraordinary cinematic experience. A tone poem written in adrenaline.
THE WILD BUNCH is, as its creator expressed, essentially a film about bad men in changing times. The changing times, however, brings out the best in these bad men; and a film which begins as a high-spirited bloody romp ends as an epic, apocalyptic tragedy, as its characters choose to go out in an orgy of erotic carnage which changed the cinematic landscape forever.
Peckinpah's skills are magnificently on display in this film. Still youthful as a director, there is not a trace of maturity in this film.Read more ›
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Frankly, it's boring. The edits make the action scenes hard to follow, the cheesy made-for-TV music intrudes on many scenes, time is spent developing characters that remain two... Read morePublished 9 days ago by Luke
A classic western with a bunch of good old actors doing a great job for their audience.Published 11 days ago by Fred M Portillo
Writer/director Sam Pekinpah had his time in the Hollywood sun but this uber-violent outing put him right in the spotlight.
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Check e-bay. All the soundtracks are out-of-print. However, the French 10-track CD is fairly easy to locate. Warners also issued the complete stereo score as a bonus disc when they released the laserdisc in 1998. It, too, often surfaces on e-bay but it's quite expensive now...
Sep 26, 2010 by shureman | See all 2 posts
|The WIld Bunch on a XBOX 360 player?||
I get the same thing in my 360 player. It played fine in A35. However, there are some discs that can't play in the A35, but play in the xBox. I own two HD DVD players. How stupid am I?
Apr 23, 2008 by Stephen Steele | See all 4 posts
|Could someone tell me a good book on Sam Peckinpah?||
Sorry I responded so late. The best book on Peckinpah is from Paul Seydor: The Western films. Also David Weddle:If they move...kill em:the life and times of Sam Peckinpah and Garner Simmons:Peckinpah: a portrait in montage are very good books. Recommended!
Jul 11, 2008 by L. Ketzer | See all 4 posts
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