WILD BUNCH, THE (1969)
In this gritty classic, aging outlaw Pike Bishop (William Holden) prepares to retire after one final robbery. Joined by his gang, which includes Dutch Engstrom (Ernest Borgnine) and brothers Lyle (Warren Oates) and Tector Gorch (Ben Johnson), Bishop discovers the heist is a setup orchestrated in part by his old partner, Deke Thornton (Robert Ryan). As the remaining gang takes refuge in Mexican territory, Thornton trails them, resulting in fierce gunfights with plenty of casualties. Director Sam Peckinpah's THE WILD BUNCH is a powerful tale of hangdog desperados bound by a code of honor that rates as one of the all-time greatest Westerns and perhaps one of the greatest of all films. (Note courtesy of Warner Bros.) DIR Sam Peckinpah; SCR Walon Green, Sam Peckinpah from the story by Walon Green, Roy N. Sickner; PROD Phil Feldman. U.S., 1969, color, 145 min. RATED R
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