The Wild Bunch Overview:

The Wild Bunch (1969) was a Action - Western Film directed by Sam Peckinpah and produced by Phil Feldman and Roy N. Sickner.

The Wild Bunch was inducted into the National Film Registry in 1999.

Academy Awards 1969 --- Ceremony Number 42 (source: AMPAS)

AwardRecipientResult
Best Music - ScoringJerry FieldingNominated
Best WritingStory by Walon Green, Roy N. Sickner; Screenplay by Walon Green, Sam PeckinpahNominated
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The Wild Bunch (1969)

By Beatrice on Apr 23, 2020 From Flickers in Time

The Wild Bunch Directed by Sam Peckinpah Written by Walon Green, Sam Peckinpah, and Roy N. Sickner 1969/US First viewing/Amazon Instant One of 1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die This bloody, violent Western holds out little hope for humanity. ?Maybe not the thing for the disgusted during Lockdo... Read full article


The Wild Bunch - Looking Back on Peckinpah's Classic After 50 Years

By Rick29 on Oct 16, 2019 From Classic Film & TV Cafe

William Holden in The Wild Bunch. Fifty years ago, two of American cinema's most influential Westerns were released: the revisionist Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid and Sam Peckinpah's The Wild Bunch. Neither film staved off the decline of the Western genre, but each impacted Hollywood in signif... Read full article


The Wild Bunch (1969, Sam Peckinpah), the director’s cut

By Andrew Wickliffe on Apr 15, 2017 From The Stop Button

The Wild Bunch opens with a methodically executed heist slash shootout sequence. Director Peckinpah quickly introduces cast members, partially due to the dramatic plotting, mostly due to Lou Lombardo?s fantastic editing. All juxtaposed with some kids watching ants kill scorpions. The Wild Bunch open... Read full article


The Wild Bunch (1969)

By smumcountry on Jan 21, 2015 From Smum County

January 21, 2015 by smumcounty It?s 1913. A band of outlaws in Texas headed by Pike Bishop (William Holden) are looking to make one more big score so they can retire. To that end they plan the robbery of a railroad office which reportedly has a safe full of silver coins. They manage to ride into tow... Read full article


The Wild Bunch (1969)

By smumcountry on Jan 21, 2015 From Smum County

January 21, 2015 by smumcounty It?s 1913. A band of outlaws in Texas headed by Pike Bishop (William Holden) are looking to make one more big score so they can retire. To that end they plan the robbery of a railroad office which reportedly has a safe full of silver coins. They manage to ride into tow... Read full article


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Quotes from

Pike Bishop: You boys want to move on or stay here and give him a... decent burial?
Tector Gorch: He was a good man, and I think we oughta bury him.
Pike Bishop: He's DEAD! And he's got a lot of good men back there to keep him company!
Lyle Gorch: Too damn many!
Dutch Engstrom: [removes his hat] I think the boys are right. I'd like to say a few words for the dear, dead departed. And maybe a few hymns'd be in order. Followed by a church supper. With a choir!
Lyle Gorch: You crazy bastards! Both of ya!


Pike Bishop: [after getting shot in the back by a whore] Bitch!
[Shoots whore]


Pike Bishop: Let's go.


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Facts about

The movie's line "If they move, kill 'em." was voted as the #72 of "The 100 Greatest Movie Lines" by Premiere in 2007.
The "modern" sidearms (the film's setting is 1913) that the Bishop gang carries are Colt M1911 automatic pistols and Winchester M1897 pump-action shotguns. The water-cooled heavy machine gun is the Browning M1917. US and Mexican soldiers use M1903 Springfield rifles. All of the aforementioned weapons were used in World War I by the US Army. While the 1897 Winchester shotgun was featured prominently, they were not used exclusively by the Bunch. The shotgun that Crazy Lee had at the start of the movie in the railroad office, did not have an exposed hammer, which is something all 1987s have. Neither the 1897 or the Winchester Model 12 had a trigger disconnector, which means the trigger could be continually depressed and every time the the slide was pumped it would fire. Since this was what we see the Bunch doing as they are firing through the railroad office windows at the bounty hunters on the roof, at least the shotgun that Crazy Lee loaned briefly to Abe must have been a M12, based on it not having an exposed hammer. This can be see most clearly when Crazy Lee is firing at the 3 people he was holding in the office, after they tried to escape.
This film was adapted from a story thought up by Roy N. Sickner, an actor and stuntman. Writer Walon Green wrote the script, which was then rewritten by Sam Peckinpah. Green felt that Peckinpah's rewrite was substantial enough to deserve credit, but Green had to lobby the writer's guild to allow Peckinpah a credit. Green has always said he was grateful to Peckinpah for not rewriting too much of the script just to get credit. Green, Sickner and Peckinpah all shared Academy award nominations for best screenplay (the only Oscar nomination Peckinpah ever received in his entire career.) They didn't win.
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