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Rating: 4.6 / 5.0 (295 votes)

Released: 1997-05-21

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The Wild Bunch – The Original Director's Cut by Warner Home Video

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Sam Peckinpah
Warner Home Video
R (Restricted)

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The restored 1995 director's cut version of Sam Peckinpah's controversial sagebrush classic. In the Southwest of 1913, a gang of outlaws is coerced by a Mexican general into robbing a U.S. Army gun shipment, a move that has fatal consequences. William Holden, Ernest Borgnine, Warren Oates, Edmond O'Brien and Robert Ryan star in this masterpiece, known for its bloody and balletic action scenes. 145 min. Widescreen; Soundtrack: English Dolby Digital 5.1; Subtitles: English, French, Spanish; documentary; theatrical trailer.


  • William Holden
  • Ernest Borgnine
  • Robert Ryan
  • Edmond O'Brien
  • Warren Oates


  • Closed-captioned
  • Color
  • Director's Cut
  • Dolby
  • Letterboxed

Editorial Review

One of the best action movies ever made, in a cleaned-up print restoring crucial parts of the story. No cavalry ever rode in with more epochal impact than the Wild Bunch in the legendary opening scene. Their steel-eyed leader, Pike (William Holden), and his robbers in stolen army uniforms help an old lady across the street, and then spark a massacre led by Pike's old crony Thornton (Robert Ryan), sprung from jail to hunt down his old gang. In just a few minutes, Sam Peckinpah sets the scene–a dusty Texas town in 1913–sketches a dozen vividly individualized characters, and choreographs one of the most realistic, influential, brilliantly photographed shootouts under the pitiless sun. The cast is superb (even Ernest Borgnine!), the dialog crackling, the bitterly ambiguous moral of the story hard-earned. It's the deeper, dark flip side to 1969's Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid. Consider buying the letterbox Wild Bunch, the review collection Doing It Right, and the Peckinpah bio “If They Move… Kill 'Em!” –Tim Appelo

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