The Wild Bunch: The Director's Cut

1969, R, 144 min. Directed by Sam Peckinpah. Starring William Holden, Ernest Borgnine, Robert Ryan, Edmond O'Brien, Warren Oates, Ben Johnson, Jaime Sanchez, Strother Martin, L.Q. Jones.

REVIEWED By Marjorie Baumgarten, Thu., July 15, 1999

One of the great – and instant – American classics, Peckinpah's treatise on the codes of honor by which men live speaks across the ages: covering the film's 1913 pre-WWI setting, the controversy regarding its stylized depiction of violence at the time of its release, and the enduring lessons the film passes on regarding morality, professionalism, and loyalty. A brilliant script, cinematography, editing, and performances complement the whole picture. To quote the movie, "Let's go!"

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Bring Me the Head of Alfredo Garcia is a profound existential adventure, twistedly comic and openly bitter, brought to life by those two maniacs: Peckinpah and Oates. An ugly, vicious film about not very glamorous people engaged in ugly, vicious activities, it’s more black comedy than anything. – Louis Black

Louis Black, Dec. 2, 1999

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This film is probably the most legendarily “troubled” of all Peckinpah’s troubled film testaments. But this is the restored version, which plays a lot better than the original, severely edited release.

Marjorie Baumgarten, Nov. 24, 1999

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The Wild Bunch: The Director's Cut, Sam Peckinpah, William Holden, Ernest Borgnine, Robert Ryan, Edmond O'Brien, Warren Oates, Ben Johnson, Jaime Sanchez, Strother Martin, L.Q. Jones

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