The Wild Bunch (1969)
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Directed by: Sam Peckinpah
Starring: William Holden, Ernest Borgnine, Robert Ryan, Ben Johnson
The Wild Bunch ranked # 80 on the American Film Institute's Top 100 American Films list.
The Wild Bunch is a 1969 western film in which an aging group of outlaws hope to have one more score while the West is turning into a modern society. It stars William Holden, Alfonso Arau, Ernest Borgnine, Robert Ryan, Edmond O'Brien, Warren Oates, Jaime Sanchez, Ben Johnson, Strother Martin, L.Q. Jones, Bo Hopkins and Dub Taylor.
The screenplay was written by Walon Green, Roy N. Sickner and Sam Peckinpah. It was directed by Peckinpah.
The movie is called "Pipe Dreams" in some countries. This causes some confusion, as the 1996 movie "Down Periscope" is also called "Pipe Dreams" in several countries, particularly in the Middle East.
It was nominated for Academy Awards for Best Music, Original Score for a Motion Picture (not a Musical) and Best Writing, Story and Screenplay Based on Material Not Previously Published or Produced.
Originally quite controversial because of its graphic violence, The Wild Bunch is also noted for making the use of slow motion shots in mainstream motion pictures acceptable. The technique of slow motion had existed since the earliest days of film, and was often used in avant-garde and New Wave films, but in the years following The Wild Bunch, slow-motion became a common method of emphasising action sequences in movies, especially action-adventure movies.
In 1993, Warner Bros. resubmitted the film to the MPAA ratings board prior to an expected rerelease. To Warners' surprise, the originally R-rated film was given an NC-17 rating, delaying the rerelease while the decision was appealed.
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