Monday, March 26, 2018
Recalling "The Wild Bunch", as the Old West faced the 20th Century
I seem to remember seeing “The Wild Bunch” when I was in the Army in 1969, when other soldiers at Fort Eustis said that Sam Peckinpah’s film for Warner Brothers/Seven Arts was the most violent western ever made.
The criminal gang wanted to make one last score as the West moved into the 20th Century (in 1913), but ran into equally ruthless gangs in Mexico – long before today’s immigration debate. The director’s cut lasts 144 minutes.
The film was originally released in 70 MM, but was re-released with various improvements in Dolby in 1995.
I seem to remember three particularly violent shootouts.