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The Wild Bunch
This article is about the movie. For the gang of the same name, see Wild Bunch.
The Wild Bunch is a 1969 western film in which an aging group of outlaws hope to have one more score while the West is turning into a modern society. It stars William Holden, Ernest Borgnine, Robert Ryan, Edmond O'Brien, Warren Oates, Jaime Sánchez , Ben Johnson, Strother Martin, L.Q. Jones, Bo Hopkins and Dub Taylor.
The screenplay was written by Walon Green , Roy N. Sickner and Sam Peckinpah. It was directed by Peckinpah.
Originally quite controversial because of its graphic violence, The Wild Bunch is also noted for making the use of slow motion shots in mainstream motion pictures acceptable. The technique of slow motion had been in existence since the earliest days of film, and was often used in avant-garde and New Wave films, but in the years following The Wild Bunch, slow-motion became a common method of emphasising action sequences in movies, especially action-adventure movies.
In 1993, Warner Bros. resubmitted the film to the MPAA ratings board prior to an expected rerelease. To Warners' surprise, the originally R-rated film was given an NC-17 rating, delaying the rerelease while the decision was appealed.
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