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Part of Spirit of '69.

Sun, Jun 23, 11:30am: Introduction from Kin Cosner, retired lecturer in English at Vanderbilt University. BUY TICKETS

A master work of the Revisionist Western genre, Sam Peckinpah’s notably violent classic THE WILD BUNCH tells the tale of a band of aging outlaws forced to contend with the inevitable death of their chosen lifestyle and the Old West as they once knew it. On the run from bounty hunters after a botched robbery, they escape across the Texas border, stepping into the heart of the Mexican Revolution of 1910. With competing interests encroaching from every direction, they fight to survive the only way they know how.

Inducted into the National Film Registry and selected by AFI as one of the “100 Greatest American Films of All Time,” THE WILD BUNCH garnered two Academy Award nominations and features William Holden, Ernest Borgnine, Robert Ryan and Warren Oates.

“It is the first masterpiece in the new tradition of the ‘dirty Western,’ a film that may emerge as of the most important records of the mood of our times.” —Richard Schickel, Life Magazine (1969)

“It’s a traumatic poem of violence, with imagery as ambivalent as Goya’s. By a supreme burst of filmmaking energy, Sam Peckinpah is able to convert chaotic romanticism into exaltation; the film is perched right on the edge of incoherence, yet it’s comparable in scale and sheer poetic force to Kurosawa’s THE SEVEN SAMURAI.” —Pauline Kael, The New Yorker

“Peckinpah, who wrote the script with Walon Green, will be hammered again for brutality that revels in excess, for misogyny that equates women with betrayal, for myth-making that finds a code of honor among murderers…. He simply lets beauty and terror pour out of him in powerful, poetic bursts that mark him still as a film master and THE WILD BUNCH as a bruising and brilliant work of art." —Peter Travers, Rolling Stone

“Few films can claim to do something that is truly original. But in the summer of 1969, while NASA was making the final preparations to put a man on the moon, Sam Peckinpah took his own small step for cinematic innovation. Exit wounds.” —John Naughton, Empire

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