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Wild Rovers
     

Wild Rovers

Director: Blake Edwards, William Holden, Ryan O'Neal, Karl Malden

Cast: Blake Edwards, William Holden, Ryan O'Neal, Karl Malden

 
If you want to know what The Wild Bunch would have looked like with Blake Edwards rather than Sam Peckinpah in the director's chair, we submit for your approval Wild Rovers. William Holden and Ryan O'Neal play a couple of shiftless ranch hands who impulsively decide to rob a bank. They manage to make off with the money, but also incur the wrath of their

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If you want to know what The Wild Bunch would have looked like with Blake Edwards rather than Sam Peckinpah in the director's chair, we submit for your approval Wild Rovers. William Holden and Ryan O'Neal play a couple of shiftless ranch hands who impulsively decide to rob a bank. They manage to make off with the money, but also incur the wrath of their former boss Karl Malden, who sends his two sons Tom Skerritt and Joe Don Baker out to bring back Holden and O'Neal, preferably dead. The film's climax is surprisingly melancholy for an Edwards film, but one can't deny that the ending grows logically from the events leading up to it. Severely edited by its distributor Warner Bros, Wild Rovers doesn't make a lot of sense in its release version; the director's cut, incorporated 30 minutes' worth of extra footage, is fortunately available on video.

Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Craig Butler
One's reaction to Wild Rovers may very well depend upon which version one sees: the original release or the director's cut. Neither version is perfect, but the latter, while longer and in some places a bit slow, is preferable. Rovers is a good buddy/Western picture, one in the anti-hero vein of the 1960s and 1970s. Filmmakers were revisiting the Western at this time, taking some of the basics but twisting them to surprise viewers, and Rovers belongs to this tradition. Unfortunately, unlike such other examples as The Wild Bunch, Rovers is more interested in surface details than in deeper meanings. Director Blake Edwards turns in some of his finest work, keeping a lightness of tone that is familiar to viewers of his work, but working in an unfamiliar genre, and the results are pleasing. If he doesn't dig far enough into his characters, either as director or as writer, he still presents them in a fine showcase. He's also quite fortunate to have William Holden, entering the autumn of his career, to turn in a powerful, rock solid performance that mixes melancholy, wistfulness, stubbornness and orneriness to great effect. As his partner, Ryan O'Neal is in over his head, but there is a definite chemistry between the two stars, and that helps. Karl Malden is also notable as their nemesis, and the supporting cast in general is strong. Despite its flaws, Rovers has a subtle charm that lingers and that makes one appreciate the film's assets.

Product Details

Release Date:
02/22/2011
UPC:
0883316326213
Original Release:
1971
Source:
Warner Archives
Time:
2:17:00
Sales rank:
20,318

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
William Holden Ross Bodine
Ryan O'Neal Frank Post
Karl Malden Walter Buckman
Lynn Carlin Sada Billings
Tom Skerritt John Buckman
Joe Don Baker Paul Buckman
Sam Gilman Hansen
Charles H. Gray Savage
William Bryant Hereford
Jack Garner Cap Swilling
Caitlin Wyles Bodine's Girl
Mary Jackson Sada's Mother
Ed Bakey Gambler
Ted Gehring Benson Sheriff
Alan Carney Palace Bartender
Lee de Broux Leaky
Hal Lynch Mack
Boyd "Red" Morgan Sheepman
Geoffrey Edwards Attendent's Son
Bruno Ve Sota Cantina Bartender
Dick Crockett Sheriff's Deputy
William Lucking Ruff
Bennie E. Dobbins Sheepman
James Olson Joe Billings
Leora Dana Nell Buckman
Moses Gunn Ben
Victor French Sheriff
Rachel Roberts Maybell

Technical Credits
Blake Edwards Director,Producer,Screenwriter
Reg Allen Set Decoration/Design
Jack Bear Costumes/Costume Designer
Robert R. Benton Set Decoration/Design
John F. Burnett Editor
George W. Davis Art Director
Jerry Goldsmith Score Composer
Addison Hehr Art Director
Philip H. Lathrop Cinematographer
Ernie Sheldon Songwriter
Frank Stanley Camera Operator
Harry W. Tetrick Sound/Sound Designer
Tom Tuttle Makeup
Ken Wales Producer
Bruce Wright Sound/Sound Designer

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