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Wild Bunch

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Tookey's Rating
9 /10
Average Rating
9.27 /10
William Holden , Ernest Borgnine , Robert Ryan
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Directed by: Sam Peckinpah
Written by: Walon Green, Roy N. Sickner, Sam Peckinpah

Released: 1969
Origin: US
Colour: C
Length: 145

Texas outlaws whose way of life belongs to the 19th century find themselves butchered in the 20th.
Reviewed by Chris Tookey

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One of the most controversial films of all time, with critics divided over whether the use of violence was justified or meretricious. I think it's one of Sam Peckinpah's finest achievements: an exciting, atmospheric, fin de siecle western clearly designed (unlike other Peckinpah films, such as Straw Dogs ) to show that violence doesn't pay. The brutality and bloodshed were considered excessive for its day; by modern standards, they are relatively tame. A more serious criticism is that the story could have been clearer. Lucien Ballard's cinematography is stunning. Jerry Fielding's score was Oscar-nominated.

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