The Wild Bunch

Directed by
Sam Peckinpah

Celebrating its 50th anniversary, Sam Peckinpah’s name-making bloodbath is an essential chapter in the history of the American western.

In this gritty Western 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.

“Arguably the strongest Hollywood movie of the 1960s — a western that galvanizes the clichés of its dying genre with a shocking jolt of delirious carnage.” – J Hoberman

“An American masterpiece, one of the greatest films ever produced in the Hollywood system.” – The Chicago Tribune

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William Holden, Ernest Borgnine, Robert Ryan