YMMV / The Wild Bunch

  • Alternate Character Interpretation:
    • I have always had a thought that Dutch was gay and in love with Pike. Notice the scene towards the end where the rest of the Bunch is in the brothel. Where is Dutch? Outside, whittling. That always made me think of what whittling might be a metaphor of masturbation. Notice also how Dutch almost always supports Pike in front of the rest of the group, the only notable exception is the "he gave his word", "To a railroad" scene. I think he tries to cover it with his dancing with the woman from Angel's village. Then at the climax, notice how he keeps repeating Pike's name when Pike has been shot while at the gatling gun. I'll freely admit it might take some "interpretation" and it doesn't take away from one darn fine movie. Just something to think about the next time you watch it.
      • It doesn't take that much interpretation. Dutch's sexuality is one of the classic movie Alternate Character Interpretations that's been the critical consensus for years. Arguably, the film, and Dutch, makes more sense in this interpretation. Dancing with women probably isn't even an attempt to "cover" - as an ageing outlaw in the West, Dutch isn't really likely to have a concept of "gay" we would recognise.
    • While the Mexican Federals under Mapache are portrayed as corrupt and antagonists, take another look at just who the gang is gunning down, and then being gunned down by, in the final battle. It's not just soldiers, thugs, and officials, but normal townspeople including women and children. From the Mexican's perspective, Mapache is a generous warlord who's brought impoverished people expensive imports and is protecting them from the rebels. Rewatching the final gunfight now looks like a town trying to come together and fight back against a pack of foreign criminals after their lead official is shot down right in front of them.
  • Award Snub: The film wasn't nominated for Best Picture or Director.
  • Funny Moments:
    "You was matching whores, in tandem!"
    "What's that mean?"
    "That's one behind the other."
    "Yup, that what we was doing!"
    • Several of Mapache's men completely lose control of the gattling gun and shoot up the whole square to Overly Long Gag levels. Then they finally get it turned off, and one of them is stupid enough to pick it up and set it off again.
  • Ho Yay:
    • Pike and Dutch.
    • Coffer and T.C.. In fact, this was done deliberately by the actors, and Sam Peckinpah approved.
  • Tear Jerker: After the final shootout is over, Thornton and his band of bounty hunters come across the wreckage. As his subordinates are gleefully looting the dead, Thornton stops in his tracks when he comes across Pike's body. The camera zooms in on the six-shooter Pike has holstered which Thornton picks up. The look on his face while he's cradling it is just heartwrenching.