Sunday, June 05, 2011

AFI 79 - The Wild Bunch

The Wild Bunch
Directed by Sam Peckinpah
Netflix sleeve: Director Sam Peckinpah's brilliant 1969 Western epic tells the story of a bunch of aging outlaws, led by Pike Bishop (William Holden), whose botched plans to pull of one last job forces them to collude with a crooked Mexican general (Emilio Fernandez)--leading to ugly bloodshed. Ernest Borgnine, Ben Johnson and Jaime Sanchez co-star.

Well, that was violent. And it's good to see how far our special effects have come in the last 40 years. There was a lot of blood shed in this movie, but it was clearly not blood so much as it was a bright red kind of paint. And when I say bright red, you really need to imagine a kid's jar of finger paint. That's a close approximation I think. Not a bad movie, but it didn't do a lot for me. Though I do fully understand what Buffy meant when she told her friends not to "go all Wild Bunch" on her in the pilot episode of Buffy the Vampire Slayer.

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