#123movies #fmovies #putlocker #gomovies #solarmovie #soap2day Watch Full Movie Online Free – It’s 1913, and the traditional American West is dying. Among the inhabitants of this dying time era are a outlaw gang called “The Wild Bunch”. After a failed bank robbery, the gang head to Mexico to do one last job. Seeing their times and lives drifting away in the newly formed world of the 20th century, the gang take the job and end up in a brutally, violent last stand against their enemies who deemed to be corrupt in a small Mexican town, ruled by a ruthless general.
Plot: Aging outlaw, Pike Bishop prepares to retire after one final robbery. Joined by his gang, Dutch Engstrom and brothers Lyle and Tector Gorch, Bishop discovers the heist is a setup orchestrated in part by a former partner, Deke Thornton. As the remaining gang takes refuge in Mexican territory, Thornton trails them—resulting in fierce gunfights with plenty of casualties.
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It’s wild, all right
The “old” West was changing, and director Sam Peckinpah recognized those changing times. By 1969, Sergio Leone and his “Spaghetti” westerns were the real deal, but when Peckinpah brought forth his film, “The Wild Bunch,” that same year, it ushered in a whole new wave of films as its vision was simply landmark. Building on the violent stylistic template and chic of “Bonnie and Clyde” (1967), “The Wild Bunch” begins and ends with two of the bloodiest screen battles ever envisioned, and it tells the story of an aging group of outlaws, led by William Holden and Ernest Borgnine, as they attempt one last score, with Robert Ryan as an ex-Wild Bunch member in hot pursuit. They become involved with Mexican rebels and from that point on, we get an engaging story as the outlaws party with the Mexican army, their hookers, and their alcohol – all of this leading up to the notorious ending where the Wild Bunch man their guns and duke-it-out with their enemies. “The Wild Bunch” has obtained a notorious reputation for being one of the most violent movies ever made and is credited for being the movie that changed the way we looked at the “old” West and action cinema in general. Sam Peckinpah was a true revolutionary during a time when America was not so innocent, as proved by “Bonnie and Clyde” two years before it.
An American masterpiece; one of the greatest Westerns (and films) of all time
Pike Bishop (William Holden) is the aging leader of a motley collection of outlaws (Ernest Borgnine, Warren Oates, Ben Johnson, Edmond O’Brien, Jaime Sanchez, Bo Hopkins) who try to pull off one last score in 1913 Texas. But a robbery goes horribly wrong when bounty hunters led by railroad detective Harrigan (Albert Dekker) ambush them, leading to a bloody massacre. The Bunch flees into Mexico, pursued by a posse led by Deke Thornton (Robert Ryan), Pike’s ex-partner. The Bunch finds themselves working for bloodthirsty Federale Mapache (Emilio Fernandez), who is trying to suppress Pancho Villa’s revolutionaries – but their loyalty is conflicted when Angel (Sanchez) turns out to be a member of an Indian tribe oppressed by Mapache. After robbing a US Army arms shipment, the Bunch allows Angel to take some guns for his tribe – but Angel is captured by Mapache and brutally tortured. Finally, Pike, “tired of being hunted” and sick of himself, leads the gang in a desperate last stand.
“The Wild Bunch” is an American masterpiece. Best-known for revolutionizing big-screen violence, Sam Peckinpah’s magnum opus is far more than just a blood-soaked splatter-fest. It’s the distillation of Peckinpah’s world-view – corruption, moral ambiguity, changing times and men, the horror and glamor of violence, and the complex nature of honor and loyalty. Any misguided critic who views Westerns as outdated popular entertainment needs to watch this film; it has enough character, narrative and thematic depth to put many novels to shame.
Indeed, The Wild Bunch is a cinematic novel. It portrays the theme of doomed men struggling to outlive their time, and the inherent impossibility of doing so. Men like Pike, Dutch, the Gorch Brothers, and Deke Thornton are products of their time – men who are clever and cunning but not particularly intelligent, who live by a Code, and who see violence as a way of life. In this new era, honor and loyalty are irrelevant; Harrigan and his scruffy bounty hunters are concerned only with personal profit, which, as Pike himself admits, “cuts an awful lot of family ties”. Even the Bunch’s unity is questionable: the surly Gorch Brothers dispute Pike’s every move; grouchy old Sykes is a grumbling, cackling liability; and the idealistic Angel traps the Bunch into an unwitting death. Only Dutch remains unremittingly loyal to Pike, but ultimately, they HAVE to stick together in order to stay alive – they simply have no other choice.
Pike Bishop is a fascinating creation, a tragic hero of Shakespearean proportions. He is a man trapped by his own sense of loyalty and honor – “When you side with a man, you stick with him” – but he repeatedly fails to live up to it. He leaves Crazy Lee to die, similarly betrays Sykes, lets Angel be captured by Mapache, and, we later learn, is responsible for Thornton’s arrest. In spite of his bluster, he’s really a selfish, petty man who’s only happy when he’s in control (see the train robbery, where Pike is able, albeit briefly, to recapture his youth). He has too many scars, too many betrayals and failures to simply move on; he’s a haunted man who knows his time is up, and his attempts to “modernize” his gang are laughable. Ultimately, sick of himself, Pike makes a stand – and ultimately, by sacrificing his gang for Angel, he finally lives up to his code.
Deke Thornton is Pike’s mirror image. Thornton was Pike’s partner whom he left to be captured. Offered a choice between continued imprisonment and hunting down his old gang (“30 Days to get Pike, or 30 Days back to Yuma”), Thornton chooses the latter; he knows the old days are over, and unlike Pike is willing to change. He, too, is trapped by his own sense of honor; he loathes the greedy, incompetent bounty hunters and longs to join his gang, but he gave Harrigan his word, and cannot break it. This is an agonizing compromise, often explored by Peckinpah; it’s interesting to compare Thornton to Tyreen from “Major Dundee”, or more pertinently “Pat Garrett and Billy the Kid” which plays as The Wild Bunch told by Deke Thornton.
One would be remiss if they discussed the film without mentioning the violence. The movie features three scenes of horrifically graphic violence, with squibs and fake blood, rapid parallel editing, and slow motion. The violence isn’t nearly as graphic as the spate of action and horror films since, and yet is infinitely more effective; if not actually realistic, its sheer visceral impact makes up for artificiality. Accused by ignorants of glamorizing violence, Peckinpah simply shows violence as it is; repulsive and horrific, but perversely thrilling. If this weren’t the case, then why would violent Westerns and action movies be so popular? It’s not exactly a subtle statement, but one of immense power; the violence is not gratuitous, but necessary to show a world where violence has become not only commonplace, but impersonal, cold, and acceptable.
The movie features arguably the finest cast assembled for a Western. William Holden gives one of his best performances, using his own persona as a fading star to accentuate Pike’s character. Ernest Borgnine’s endlessly loyal Dutch and Robert Ryan’s compromised Thornton complement Holden perfectly. Albert Dekker and Emilio Fernandez are both hiss-able villains who make it easier to sympathize with our protagonists. The supporting cast includes Strother Martin and L.Q. Jones as bounty hunters, Dub Taylor as a Bible-thumping preacher (was R.G. Armstrong unavailable?), and Bo Hopkins in a memorable bit as Crazy Lee. Only Edmond O’Brien’s scenery-chewing as Sykes and Jaime Sanchez’s theatrically “mannered” Angel are weak points, but neither is actively bad.
This isn’t to mention Lucien Ballard’s gorgeous cinematography, or Jerry Fielding’s beautiful, poignant score, or the subtle symbolism and supporting characters. The Wild Bunch is, simply put, an American masterpiece, and one of the great films of all time.
Original Language en
Runtime 2 hr 25 min (145 min), 2 hr 15 min (135 min) (USA), 2 hr 15 min (135 min) (Brazil), 2 hr 25 min (145 min) (director’s cut)
Genre Action, Adventure, Western
Director Sam Peckinpah
Writer Walon Green (screenplay), Sam Peckinpah (screenplay), Walon Green (story), Roy N. Sickner (story)
Actors William Holden, Ernest Borgnine, Robert Ryan, Edmond O’Brien
Awards Nominated for 2 Oscars. Another 6 wins & 6 nominations.
Production Company Warner Brothers
Sound Mix 70 mm 6-Track (70 mm prints), DTS (1995 re-release), Dolby Digital (1995 re-release), Mono (35 mm prints), SDDS (1995 re-release)
Aspect Ratio 2.20 : 1 (70 mm prints), 2.35 : 1
Laboratory Technicolor, Hollywood (CA), USA
Film Length 4,005 m (35 mm, Sweden), 5,005 m (70 mm, Sweden)
Negative Format 35 mm (Eastman 50T 5251)
Cinematographic Process Panavision (anamorphic)
Printed Film Format 35 mm, 70 mm (blow-up)