History Film / TheWildBunch

9th Nov '17 3:26:36 AM ClintEastwood
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* {{Expy}}: Freddie Sykes was based on Creator/WalterHuston's eccentric old prospector from ''Film/TheTreasureOfTheSierraMadre''.


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* MeaningfulName: Writer Walon Green explained the meaning behind the names of certain characters:
-->Pike was a name I always wanted to use, it's a kind of carnivorous fish and it suggested someone who is tough and predatory...Mapache means raccoon in Spanish, and it seemed to me something a peasant risen to a general might call himself.
2nd Nov '17 3:02:17 PM ClintEastwood
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* BlastOut: The ending.

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* BlastOut: The ending. A literal MexicanStandOff between The Bunch and The Mexican Army ends with everybody (women, children, livestock, etc.) getting killed in a hail of bullets, [[MoreDakka complete with a heavy machine gun blazing]].



* CoolGuns:
** Almost the whole gang uses Winchester Model 1897s at one point or another.
** The American and Mexican soldiers along Coffer use M1903 Springfields. Among the Mexican soldiers it was presumably a stand-in for Mexican Mausers, as in 1913 the United States wasn't exporting the M1903 to anybody.
** A Browning M1917 is put to good use during the climax.



* DryCrusader: The ill-fated temperance rally at the film's beginning.

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* DryCrusader: The ill-fated At the beginning, a preacher is delivering an anti-alcohol sermon during a temperance rally at just before its participants get caught in the film's beginning.crossfire during a bank robbery. A lot of them get mowed down.



* PowerWalk: Before the final battle.

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* PowerWalk: Before the final battle.battle, the outlaws decide to rescue Angel, walking through a Mexican village they will shortly massacre. Fun fact: It wasn't in the script at all, Peckinpah just decided he wanted to do it. It's recognised today as one of the movie's most iconic scenes.



* RailroadBaron: One hired Deke Thornton.

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* RailroadBaron: One Mr. Harrigan hired Deke Thornton.Thornton. He's worse (somehow) than the eponymous Bunch themselves.



* RobbingTheDead: Coffer, T.C. and the rest of the bounty hunters just love to do this.
* RunForTheBorder: The gang escapes to Mexico after the bank robbery.

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* RobbingTheDead: When the dust from the opening shoot-out settles, Coffer, T.C. and the rest of the other bounty hunters just love to do this.
emerge out of hiding and take anything valuable that the corpses may have had on them, including gold teeth. This is the first indication that this Western is DarkerAndEdgier.
* RunForTheBorder: The gang escapes heads to Mexico after the bank robbery.robbery goes to hell and ends up getting involved in Pancho Villa's war for independence.



* SlashedThroat: [[spoiler:Angel's death]].

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* SlashedThroat: [[spoiler:Angel's death]].[[spoiler:Angel is killed quite graphically this way immediately before the final shootout of the movie.]].



* WhatADrag: Angel's torture scene.

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* WhatADrag: Angel's Mapache and his people torture scene.Angel this way in a truly despicable KickTheDog moment.
10th Jul '17 10:20:53 AM marcoasalazarm
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* SurroundedByIdiots: Deke Thornton is not happy with the bounty hunters he's been given to assist in tracking the Bunch, calling them "egg-sucking, chicken stealing gutter trash". He gets so annoyed with their incompetence that he threatens to abandon them if they make one more screw up.

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* SurroundedByIdiots: Deke Thornton is not happy with the bounty hunters he's been given to assist in tracking the Bunch, calling them "egg-sucking, chicken stealing gutter trash". He gets so annoyed with their incompetence that he threatens to abandon them if they make one more screw up. Or laments them getting killed.
10th Jul '17 10:07:42 AM JamesAustin
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* AssholeVictim: When things start going badly for Angel, remember that he murdered his ex-girlfriend because she left him for Mapache.
** Take into account that, while there are some hints that Teresa did what she did to preserve herself (and didn't laugh and caress Mapache in Angel's face to spite him, but to help him get over it by making him hate her), she DID frolic with the general right in front of Angel in a way that was clearly meant to unsettle him - and Mapache, it must be emphasized, was the man who killed Angel's father. Not that it justifies Angel's actions, but it might not be enough to qualify him as an asshole victim.

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* AssholeVictim: When things start going badly for Angel, remember that he murdered his ex-girlfriend because she left him for Mapache. \n** Take ''Then'' take into account that, while there are some hints that Teresa did what she did to preserve herself (and didn't laugh and caress Mapache in Angel's face to spite him, but to help him get over it by making him hate her), she DID frolic with the general right in front of Angel in a way that was clearly meant to unsettle him - and Mapache, it must be emphasized, was the man who killed Angel's father. Not that it justifies Angel's actions, but it might not be enough to qualify him as an asshole victim. father.



* BookEnds: The film starts and ends with shoot outs, and Deke Thornton watches both from above.

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* BookEnds: {{Bookends}}: The film starts and ends with shoot outs, and Deke Thornton watches both from above.



* {{Deconstruction}}: The Western.
** Creator/JohnWayne even complained "Peckinpah destroyed the {{Western}}."

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* {{Deconstruction}}: The Western.
**
Of TheWestern. Creator/JohnWayne even complained "Peckinpah destroyed the {{Western}}.Western."



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10th Jul '17 9:14:10 AM JamesAustin
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[[caption-width-right:300:''"Suddenly, a new West has emerged. Suddenly, it was sundown for nine men. Suddenly, their day was over. Suddenly, the sky was bathed in blood."'']]



->--'''Pike Bishop'''

->''Suddenly, a new West has emerged. Suddenly, it was sundown for nine men. Suddenly, their day was over. Suddenly, the sky was bathed in blood.''

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->--'''Pike Bishop'''

->''Suddenly, a new West has emerged. Suddenly, it was sundown for nine men. Suddenly, their day was over. Suddenly, the sky was bathed in blood.''
-->-- '''Pike Bishop'''
22nd May '17 12:37:41 PM AllenbysEyes88
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* ArtisticLicenseHistory: The movie's vague as to its specific setting beyond the Mexican Revolution. While General Victoriano Huerta, the dictator of Mexico from 1913-1914, is established as ruling the country, characters also reference UsefulNotes/WorldWarI and General Pershing massing American troops along the Mexican border,[[note]]Which occurred following Pancho Villa's Columbus raid in April 1916[[/note]] which would indicate a later setting of 1916-1917.
14th Apr '17 2:24:36 PM Benderesco
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** Take into account that, while there are some hints that Teresa did what she did to preserve herself (and didn't laugh in Angel's face to spite him, but to help him get over it by making him hate her), she DID frolic with the man who killed Angel's father right in front of him. Not that it justifies Angel's actions, but it might not be enough to qualify him as an asshole victim.

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** Take into account that, while there are some hints that Teresa did what she did to preserve herself (and didn't laugh and caress Mapache in Angel's face to spite him, but to help him get over it by making him hate her), she DID frolic with the general right in front of Angel in a way that was clearly meant to unsettle him - and Mapache, it must be emphasized, was the man who killed Angel's father right in front of him.father. Not that it justifies Angel's actions, but it might not be enough to qualify him as an asshole victim.
14th Apr '17 2:21:13 PM Benderesco
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** Take into account that, while there are some hints that Teresa did what she did to preserve herself (and didn't laugh in Angel's face to spite him, but to help him get over it by making him hate her), she DID frolic with the man who killed Angel's father right in front of him. Not that it justifies Angel's actions, but it might not be enough to qualify him as an asshole victim.
22nd Feb '17 3:37:16 PM Farnham
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* NewOldWest: The driving force of the plot. The film is set during UsefulNotes/WorldWarI and the border unrest between the United States and Mexico that went on during that time.

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* NewOldWest: The driving force of the plot. The film is set during on the eve of UsefulNotes/WorldWarI and the border unrest between the United States and Mexico that went on during that time.
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