The Wild Bunch

The Wild Bunch
The Wild Bunch
  • R
  • 2h 15m
  • 1969
Certified Fresh93%
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"The land had changed. They hadn't. The earth had cooled. They couldn't." The old and the new West clash as a outlaws led by an aging gun fighter ride into a Texas border town to rob a local railroad office--only to find that they came too late and stayed too long in this groundbreaking Western.

Rotten Tomatoes® Score

Certified Fresh93%
Critics Consensus: The Wild Bunch is Sam Peckinpah's shocking, violent ballad to an old world and a dying genre.
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Common Sense Says
Extremely violent '60s Western with drinking and sex.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that The Wild Bunch is a 1969 Western directed by Sam Peckinpah, a filmmaker known for cynical and violent cinematic tableaus that underscore the worst in human nature. This film features several balletic, slow-motion massacres in which men, women, and children are killed, sometimes in close-up, with maximum use of fake blood, to a degree that may look to today's audiences like parody. The "heroes" are members of a thieving, murderous gang who drink and consort with prostitutes, and there isn't much to redeem them other than Peckinpah's nostalgic romanticization of them. A killer holds hostages at gunpoint and sticks his tongue in a female hostage's ear in an act of sexual humiliation. Killers use people as human shields against flying bullets. Language includes "bastard," "bitch," "hell," "damn," and "ass." The breast of a nursing mother is seen in close-up. A man reaches into a woman's shirt for her breast. Men smoke cigars. People drink whisky and wine and become obviously drunk. The MPAA originally considered giving the film an X rating for its extreme violence.

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Additional Info

  • Genre:Action, Drama
  • Release Date:June 18, 1969

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