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Wild Bunch

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    "Let's Go"

    Certainly one of the most brilliant Westerns (if not movies in general), the Wild Bunch carries the full weight of a time changing from the old Western days to civilization and its discontents. This is probably by far the most well known of Peckinpah's cinematic efforts and the most ifluential film of the 60's, especially in its portrayal of violence. The True Western at its best

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    One Of The Greatest Westerns

    In 1969, Sam Peckinpah took Sergio Leone's reinvention of the western genre in the mid-60s portraying ambivalent drifters as protagonists in films such as 'The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly' to a next level with 'The Wild Bunch'. With even more audacity than Leone, Peckinpah presents a western where there are really no true heroes or good archetypes. All of the characters, even those seemingly respectable, are beasts seeking to save their own skin at any cost. Whereas Leone gives his Blondie character a consistent moral code to some degree throughout the film, Peckinpah's characters are constantly immoral opportunists almost until the end. When the characters finally seek to present some semblance of morals or good deeds, they die. This theme recurs through scenery and script. For example, the opening scene shows the bunch entering town for a heist while they pass children putting scorpions against ants and then setting them on fire for thrills. The audience is thus fixed in the idea that one's pain and suffering is meaningless amusement to others. The characters' indifference to life is made clear with lines such as 'If they move, kill them!' Altogether one of the best westerns ever made.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    One of the greatest films ever made, period.

    Although I am too young to have seen The Wild Bunch in 1969, I am quite aware of the impact the film has had on the depiction of violence over the past 30+ years. Before The Wild Bunch, only Bonnie and Clyde had brought the reality of gun-wrought violence to the masses. The Wild Bunch itself ratcheted up the level of carnage in an attempt to mirror that of the then-current Vietnam War, although such an equation could never be equal in light of the revelations of war crimes on the part of the U.S. Army. The revulsion which the film evoked on the parts of critics and filmgoers alike is humorous in light of the fact that most of those who despised the film supported the actions of the U.S. in Vietnam wholeheartedly. What The Wild Bunch ultimately did as a film was to force the U.S. to take a good long look at the effects of wanton violence and bloodshed. That the nation seems to have forgotten such a lesson is all the more reason for this film to be constantly revived and shown.

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