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Published at: April 12, 2011, 4:09 p.m. CST by quint

Ahoy, squirts! Quint here with today’s Behind the Scenes Pic!

There is no sweatier, manly testosterone-fueled piece of Macho cinema than Sam Peckinpah’s The Wild Bunch. That’s a film filled with men’s men being as badass as possible for two plus hours.

It was credited for killing the Western as a genre, which I don’t really understand. I think maybe it was more timing than this movie filling a whole genre with lead. Audiences tastes were growing away from the black and white good vs. evil of typical western tales by the late ‘60s. I view The Wild Bunch as carrying the torch of Leone’s Man With No Name Trilogy, which were grayer, more intense and stylized than the great works from Ford and other successful western directors. Peckinpah was a gritty, fucked up crazy dude and his movies reflected that.

The Wild Bunch is incredibly violent, but quite a brilliant character study of a group of people who at any other point of their journey would be the bad guys, but somehow become incredibly sympathetic.

Hope you guys dig the image, which features William Holden, Warren Oates the great Ernest Borgnine being lined up for a shot (camera, not revolver)!

Thanks to reader Pat Barnett for sending this one along. Click for a big version! Enjoy!

 

 

With all this monkey talk going on, I figure it’s time to go back to the original for tomorrow’s Behind the Scenes Pic.

-Quint
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  • April 12, 2011, 4:12 p.m. CST

    Love a good western

    by Sumatran_Rat_Monkey

    But this one was only Meh for me...

  • April 12, 2011, 4:15 p.m. CST

    hell yeah

    by Fritzlorrerains

    wild bunch rocks

  • April 12, 2011, 4:16 p.m. CST

    You God Damn Dirty Apes!!

    by ATARI

  • April 12, 2011, 4:16 p.m. CST

    BTW

    by Sumatran_Rat_Monkey

    Keep up the good work Quint! Some great photo in the last couple of weeks from some of my favorites films.

  • April 12, 2011, 4:20 p.m. CST

    not one but two..

    by nolan bautista

    .two Hondo whores!

  • April 12, 2011, 4:25 p.m. CST

    thats two!..mind you..two!

    by nolan bautista

  • April 12, 2011, 4:45 p.m. CST

    Peckinpah directing Blood Meridian.

    by alan_poon

    In the Fringe alt universe he probably did.

  • April 12, 2011, 5:19 p.m. CST

    black and white good vs. evil ??

    by Ace of Wands

    "Audiences tastes were growing away from the black and white good vs. evil of typical western tales by the late ‘60s." Yeah, 'cos there was no psychological depth to films like Run of the Arrow, Gunfight at the OK Corral, The Searchers, Shane, Apache, The Gunfighter, The Big Country, 3:10 from Yuma, Bend of the River, The Bravados, The Left Handed Gun, Rancho Notorious, High Noon, Ride the High Country, Major Dundee, The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance, Lonely Are The Brave, Sergeant Routledge, Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid, Tell them Willie Boy Is Here Will Penny, Nevada Smith, Death of a Gunfighter, Duel at Diablo, Rio Conchos, The Scalphunters, Hombre, The Professionals, The Stalking Moon, Hour of the Gun, One Eyed Jacks and so on and so fucking on; c'mon Quint, that's just lazy writing. There are, I suspect, many and varied reasons for the Western dying out- although it has actually been continued on in the form of "action" movies, with the recent Four Brothers being a remake of The Sons of Katie Elder- but to suggest that it was simply because audiences had become fed up with the lack of depth in films that just showed Good Guys vs Bad Guys, White Hats vs Black Hats is a ridiculous argument when just a cursory list as the one above shows that Westerns were more varied and had more psychological depth than ever. Your statement, in fact, makes no sense at all when you consider that many the action movies that took the place of westerns, throughout the 70's and 80's, were made up of plots that did simply pitch good guys against some very bad guys without any attempt at the depth (Commando?, Invasion USA?, etc) that Westerns had achieved back in the 50's and continued to show right up until their "demise". I know that you have to throw a few words together to reside next to the BTS pic, mostly sent in to you by others, to justify your name at the head of the column but really, specious arguments like that show you up for the neophyte that you are. Stick to the Star Wars era, you may actually know something about that. May.

  • April 12, 2011, 6:02 p.m. CST

    Glorious film. Gets better every time I watch it.

    by Flip63Hole

    Which is at least a couple times a year. I wish Peckinpah left us more movies!

  • April 12, 2011, 6:08 p.m. CST

    YEAH!!!! I Think this might be my favorite one yet....

    by SobchakSecurity

    Have you had Peckinpah before? I don't remember. Anyways, what can be said about the wild bunch that hasn't already been said yet? A western/action film like no other that manages to smack you upside the head but still manages to satisfy and entertain. There's alot going on there. I'll go with the first off the top of my head examples, the kids torturing the scorpion with the ants in the beginning, and then those same kids mimmicking the gun battle and bloodshed they just witnessed from that opening shoout out sequence, I mean, that whole opening sequence, has there been anything like that done since? I don't think so. Great way to bookend it, open and close it with a shootout. If you don't like the wild bunch, you lose serious man points, and not for reasons you might think either. And Peckinpah? Crazy as he might have been, but total visionary, and I don't think we will ever someone like him with his level of talent and visions, well, ever again. I mean, yeah. Can't really think of the right words, but my enthusiasm for this one can't be contained!

  • April 12, 2011, 6:13 p.m. CST

    "It ain't like it used to be, but it'll do."

    by kwisatzhaderach

  • April 12, 2011, 6:16 p.m. CST

    When somebody like Jason Reitman

    by kwisatzhaderach

    says he doesn't like 'The Wild Bunch' I can begin to understand why I don't like the movies made by assholes such as him and JJ Abrams.

  • April 12, 2011, 6:27 p.m. CST

    Silver rings my butt! Them's washers!

    by Yelsaeb

  • April 12, 2011, 6:33 p.m. CST

    William Holden

    by maxjohnson1971

    His picture should be in the dictionary next to "Man." Holden was the shit!!

  • April 12, 2011, 7:03 p.m. CST

    If anybody moves, KILL 'EM!

    by jrb

  • April 12, 2011, 7:33 p.m. CST

    Saw it for the 1st time a few months ago. Awesome flick!

    by darthSaul666

  • April 12, 2011, 9:16 p.m. CST

    I FUCKING LOVE THIS FILM

    by PatientZer0

    That's all.

  • nothing is impossible

  • April 13, 2011, 12:02 a.m. CST

    Turd as always is correct. and Wild Bunch rocks.

    by KilliK

  • April 13, 2011, 12:58 a.m. CST

    turd...

    by Ace of Wands

    "Traditional period Westerns represent the past. Action movies became the present form of the Western as society became urbanized. And sci-fi, set on colonised worlds and uncharted planets, are the Western extrapolated into the future. " That's certainly more reasoned, logical and sensible than Quint's idiotic "westerns died out because they were too simplistic" half thought through crap. And you are also, IMO, correct that Westerns just changed their clothes for more a modernistic or even futuristic wardrobe, becoming action movies; I pointed out earlier that Whalberg's Four Brothers is a direct remake of Wayn'e The Sons Of Katie Elder. Also, fuck anybody who doesn't like The Wild Bunch; not only do they not understand Westerns, they don't understand Cinema.

  • April 13, 2011, 2:06 a.m. CST

    Killed the Western genre?

    by Holodigm

    I'd say the more likely culprit was Man Who Shot Liberty Valance. I always felt John Wayne in that movie was a metaphor for the Western genre as a whole.

  • April 13, 2011, 3:43 a.m. CST

    The whole train sequence was awesome too.

    by thewirebitches

    Always been a Clint/Leone western guy and then finally got around to Peckinpah. Pat Garret and Billy the Kid was all right but The Wild Bunch fucking rocked. And I didn't know how I felt about it till it was over, the slaughter at the end, one almost laughed off, but aw hell fuck em anyways right. Reminded me of the end of Inglorious Basterds if I had to pick a comparison . I'm sure it was a similar feeling in the theater all those years ago watching this.

  • April 13, 2011, 6:39 a.m. CST

    We've got to start thinking beyond our guns. Those days are closin' fast

    by Con Shonnery

    One of my all time favourite movies. Holden's performance is stunning and there can't be many action movies that haven't been influenced by Peckinpah's style of editing.

  • April 13, 2011, 10:46 a.m. CST

    I cant' wait for the remake/reboot!

    by v3d

    I keed, I keed.

  • April 13, 2011, 12:18 p.m. CST

    Oh yeah, fuck Jason Reitman....

    by SobchakSecurity

    I can't stand him, terrible,horrible, half assed thinks he's too cool for school, medicore shit making wes anderson wannabe, who I loathe just as much if not more. Didn't like the wild bunch? Well, no one asked you snot nosed little bastard. Yeah, let's see you make something even anywhere nearly as good as that. Hey, your dad made ghostbusters, let's see you make something even nearly as good as that.

  • April 13, 2011, 6:52 p.m. CST

    Where's the Uncut Blu-Ray

    by eck_iii

    There's a 134 minute blu-ray, but a two disc DVD with a 145 minute cut. What gives?