The Wild Bunch (1969)

R   |    |  Action, Adventure, Western

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An aging group of outlaws look for one last big score as the "traditional" American West is disappearing around them.




  • Ben Johnson and Warren Oates in The Wild Bunch (1969)
  • William Holden and Jaime Sánchez in The Wild Bunch (1969)
  • Ben Johnson and Warren Oates in The Wild Bunch (1969)
  • William Holden and Sam Peckinpah in The Wild Bunch (1969)
  • Sam Peckinpah in The Wild Bunch (1969)
  • The Wild Bunch (1969)

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15 October 1998 | dexter-3
| A great period western...
Critics of Sam Peckinpah generally focus on the gore and violence in his films. "The Wild Bunch" will probably not assuage these critics, but the violence is not gratuitous. In fact, it is almost perfectly meshed in this story of a group of outlaws held together by some frail and some strong bonds who realize that their era - and probably their lives - are almost at an end. The story also deals with a man (Robert Ryan) who was wounded and forced out of the gang, and who must now capture and kill his friend (William Holden), with no option other than to succeed. This film is also about loyalty, choice and honor, and is carried by surprisingly strong acting and writing. Yes the violence is on a large scale (which seems to be commonplace for films portraying the Mexican Revolution), but it is completely in place with these characters and the era in which they live. This is not always a pleasant film to watch, but it is very rewarding, and may be the best film Peckinpah made.

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"La Golondrina" (Spanish: "The Swallow") is sung by the Mexican villagers as the Wild Bunch leaves Angel's village. It was written in 1862 by Mexican physician Narcisco Serradell (1843-1910), who at the time was exiled to France due to the French intervention in Mexico. The Spanish lyrics use the image of a migrating swallow to evoke sentiments of longing for the homeland. It became the signature song of exiled Mexicans. However, more importantly, by the time of the Mexican Revolution "La Golondrina" (or, actually, its proper name, "Las Golondrinas") had become a song of farewell in northern Mexico and the borderlands of south Texas. It was at this time that it became a common funeral song, a tradition that continues until today.


Rev. Wainscoat: Do not drink wine or strong drink, thou, nor thy sons with thee, least ye shall die. Look not though upon the wine when it is red, and when it bringeth his color in the cup, when it moveth itself aright at the last, it biteth like a serpent and ...


When Lyle and Tector are shooting at the wine casks, the slide on Lyle's gun is locked indicating the gun is empty. However, shots are still heard. In the 1995 re-release version this has been corrected. Only one shot is heard after the slide locks on Lyle's .45, and that shot comes from Tector's revolver.

Alternate Versions

The cinema version was cut by around 10 secs for an 'X' rating by the BBFC to shorten the climactic machine gun shootings and Angel being dragged behind the car. All later releases were restored and uncut.


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Sung by the bounty hunters as they leave Agua Verde


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Action | Adventure | Western


Release Date:

19 June 1969


English, Spanish, German

Country of Origin


Filming Locations

Bavispe, Sonora, Mexico

Box Office


$6,244,087 (estimated)

Gross USA:


Cumulative Worldwide Gross:


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