The Wild Bunch

(USA, 1969; director's cut, 144 minutes; general release print, 135 minutes)

In 1913 in the US/Mexico border, an aging gang of outlaws finds the strength to go out with a bang. Superb late western that, despite being better known by its relentless, graphic violence, is in fact a poignant, boisterous requiem for the genre and remains squarely within its boundaries. Originally premiered at 144 minutes, the film was cut by 10 minutes at the studio's request so as to allow for more daily screenings, and restored to the original length in 1995.

Warner Bros.-Seven Arts presents a Phil Feldman production. Starring William Holden, Ernest Borgnine, Robert Ryan, Edmond O'Brien, Warren Oates; also starring Jaime Sánchez, Ben Johnson. Directed by Sam Peckinpah; produced by Phil Feldman; screenplay by Walon Green and Sam Peckinpah, from a story by Green and Roy N. Sickner; music by Jerry Fielding; director of photography, Lucien Ballard; art director, Edward Carrere; costume supervision, Gordon Dawson; film editor, Louis Lombardo.


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