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The Wild Bunch 18 rating

Peckinpah’s violent yet lyrical western is a nostalgic elegy for the passing of the Old West.

Western 1969 145 mins

Director: Sam Peckinpah



Set in 1913, Peckinpah’s elegy for the passing of the Old West centres on a gang of outlaws all too aware that their idiosyncratic and macho codes of honour no longer hold sway in a world where money, power and corruption count for everything. At once violent and lyrical, nostalgic yet nihilistic, the film is in many ways the antithesis of the classic Ford western.

Ranked 136th in the 2022 Sight and Sound Greatest Films of All Time poll.