History Film / TheWildBunch

15th Oct '16 6:55:02 AM CumbersomeTercel
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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.
11th Oct '16 8:10:47 AM CumbersomeTercel
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* BashBrothers


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* NeverGoingBackToPrison: The reason Deke Thornton is hunting his former gangmembers.


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* ReCut: The Director's Cut was released in 1995 running at 145 minutes. New additions to the film:
** The flashback showing how Thornton was captured.
** The flashback showing how Pike's lover, Aurora, was killed and he himself wounded.
** The scene in the desert that establishes Crazy Lee is Sykes's grandson and that Pike deliberately abandoned him in the opening robbery.
** The raid by Villa on Mapache as he awaits the telegram.
** The aftermath of Villa's raid in Agua Verde.
** About a minute's worth of the festivities at night in Angel's village.


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* WeUsedToBeFriends: Pike Bishop and Deke Thornton used to ride together before the latter was captured and became a bounty hunter to avoid going back to prison. Notably, during the opening shoot-out, both men have a chance to kill each other but deliberately avoid doing so. It's clear that Deke laments his position and still holds Pike in great regard. [[spoiler:He's clearly saddened by his death]].
10th Oct '16 4:24:54 PM CumbersomeTercel
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* AdrenalineTime: This film pioneered its use.



* {{Bandito}}: On the villain side, we have Mapache, the primary villain and his army of bandits. On the (anti-)heroic side, we have Angel, one of the Bunch.
* BankRobbery: The film opens with one that goes disastrously wrong.
* BigBad: General Mapache.



* CentralTheme: ThePowerOfFriendship, TeethClenchedTeamwork and UndyingLoyalty.
* ChildrenAreInnocent: Averted. Children are shown to be among the most violent characters in the film, and in a Peckinpah film that's impressive. A child smiles as he watches the Mexican Army (which his father is the general of) get massacred by rebels, and later lands the killing shot on Pike, still smiling. In the first 25 minutes, a group of children are shown torturing scorpions (who only LOOK scary) by trapping them and coating them with fire ants, and later setting the cage ON FIRE, and, after the massacre in town, run around pretending to shoot the corpses, yelling "Bang! Bang!" in a way that will make anyone feel chills.



* ConscienceMakesYouGoBack: The remaining bandits fail to save Angel from Mapache and are now getting ready to leave with their money. However, they realize that their conscience won't allow them to let the warlord get away with murdering their friend like this and their go back for a final RoaringRampageOfRevenge.



* GetItOverWith: When the Bunch are riding away [[spoiler: after a massively cocked-up holdup]], and Buck (who was shot in the face) pleads with Pike to "Please...just ki--" (Pike shoots him before he even ''says'' it.) Which cues the following exchange:
-->'''Pike''': You boys want to move on or stay here and give him a... decent burial?
-->'''Tector''': [[DueToTheDead He was a good man, and I think we]] ''[[DueToTheDead oughta]]'' [[DueToTheDead bury him]].
-->'''Pike''': He's ''dead!'' And he's got a ''lot'' of good men back there to keep him ''company!''
-->'''Lyle''': Too ''damn'' many!
-->'''Dutch''': ''[removes his hat]'' I think the boys are right. ''I'd'' like to say a few words for the dear, dead departed. And maybe a few ''hymns'd'' be in order. Followed by a church supper. With a ''choir!''
-->'''Lyle''': You crazy bastards! ''Both'' of ya!



* HonorAmongThieves: The Bunch hardened criminals with few scruples but in the end decide that they are tired of being treated as if they have no honor and take bloody revenge for the murder of their friend [[spoiler:though it gets them all killed]].



* KidsAreCruel; the children at the beginning of the film laugh gaily as they watch a scorpion tormented by fire ants. Then they set the whole group of creatures on fire(!) and continue to appear to by highly entertained.

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* KidsAreCruel; KarmaHoudini: Mr. Harrigan, the Jerkass railroad baron who is indirectly responsible for the massacre at the beginning and yet shows no remorse for all the innocent people killed, more concerned with catching the Bunch. Amazingly, in a film with a body count in double digits, he's not amongst it.
* KidsAreCruel: The
children at the beginning of the film laugh gaily as they watch a scorpion tormented by fire ants. Then they set the whole group of creatures on fire(!) and continue to appear to by highly entertained.



* TheLastDance: The Bunch are facing the end of their lifestyle. The old WildWest is ending and most of their gang were killed at the beginning of the movie. They are reduced to doing mercenary work for a corrupt and decadent Mexican general and a group of vicious bounty hunters is after them. Instead of running and hiding they decide to go back and rescue their friend who the general is about to execute for arming the local peasant. They know that by doing that, they will be facing the entire Mexican garrison and as such decide to [[LastStand go out fighting...]]
* LastStand: The film climaxes with the Bunch facing off against what seems to be the entire Mexican army.



* MOHSScaleOfViolenceHardness: It scores an 8.



* PsychoPartyMember: Crazy Lee is unhinged enough to lick the neck of the sole woman of the group and force them to march around the office they are being held in before unloading his shotgun unto them. The rest of the Bunch not only do not do LeaveNoManBehind, but very much do not give a damn about him (and the fact that Thornton's posse killed him).



* RobbingTheDead

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* RobbingTheDeadRetiredBadassRoundUp: The film focuses on a group of aging outlaws coming together for one last job during the Twilight of the Old West.
* RobbingTheDead: Coffer, T.C. and the rest of the bounty hunters just love to do this.


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* ShoutingShooter: Tector and Lyle Gorch let the bullets and the war-cries rip at the climax.


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* TotalPartyKill: The film almost begins with one as most of the bandits are killed when they try to rob a bank and instead ride right into a trap. The survivors flee to Mexico where [[spoiler:they end up taking on entire army garrison fully aware that they will probably not make it out alive. They don't.]] The bounty hunters chasing them [[spoiler: are so thrilled to grab the bodies for the bounties that they ride right into a rebel ambush and are wiped out]].
7th Oct '16 3:37:40 AM CumbersomeTercel
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* TakeThat: To one of the film's own actors! Robert Ryan's incessant complaints about not receiving top billing so annoyed Peckinpah that he decided to "punish" Ryan. In the opening credits, after freezing the screen on closeups of Creator/WilliamHolden's and Creator/ErnestBorgnine's faces while listing them, Peckinpah froze the scene on several horses' rear ends as Ryan was listed.
24th Jun '16 6:37:08 PM marcoasalazarm
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* MultipleGunshotDeath: It would probably be easier to count the people who ''don't'' die this way on the final shootout, The Bunch included.
15th Apr '16 11:52:57 AM theLibrarian
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* RuleOfSymbolism: The opening shot involves a bunch of kids tormenting a bunch of scorpions that are being eaten by ants, signifying [[spoiler:the deaths of the much more dangerous bunch eventually being killed by a ZergRush of Mapache's followers.]]
30th Mar '16 9:09:58 PM WickedIcon
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* {{Gorn}}: '''Sweet shit.''' This was one of the most violent films at the time it was made, and it's still shockingly violent today. There is frequent bloodshed in the film, and the violence itself is quite realistic. Sam Peckinpah once actually said that, when he made this movie, he wanted to show audiences "what it actually looks like when somebody gets shot."

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* {{Gorn}}: '''Sweet shit.''' This was one of the most violent films at the time it was made, and though it's still shockingly violent today.rather tame by today's standards, roughly on the level of your average R-rated action film. There is frequent bloodshed in the film, and the violence itself is quite realistic. Sam Peckinpah once actually said that, when he made this movie, he wanted to show audiences "what it actually looks like when somebody gets shot."
23rd Jan '16 11:36:59 AM moloch
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* AmbiguouslyGay: Dutch.

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* AmbiguouslyGay: Dutch. Dutch, in a long-standing and well-supported AlternateCharacterInterpretation. Coffer and TC too, but in their case it was explicitly decided on set to make this the case.
23rd Jan '16 11:27:15 AM moloch
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* AmbiguouslyGay: Dutch.
2nd Sep '15 12:58:50 PM NinjaLore
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** And yet the Browning M1917 is only a stand-in - at the time, there was another Browning air-cooled belt-fed, the M1895. It's just a lot harder to come by...but a Browning machine gun in the hands of the Wild Bunch is believable. More Dakka indeed!

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** And yet the Browning M1917 is only a stand-in - at the time, there was another Browning air-cooled belt-fed, [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/M1895_Colt–Browning_machine_gun the M1895. M1895.]] It's just a lot harder to come by...but a Browning machine gun in the hands of the Wild Bunch is believable. More Dakka indeed!
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