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Actor: Ernest Borgnine

The Wild Bunch

The Wild Bunch

“We all dream of being a child again, even the worst of us. Perhaps the worst most of all.”

In director Sam Peckinpah‘s endlessly gritty (if not controversial, and certainly “revisionist”) Western classic, an aging group of outlaws look for one last big score as the “traditional” American West is disappearing around them. Long-in-the-tooth outlaw Pike Bishop (William Holden) prepares to retire after one final robbery. Joined by his gang, which includes Dutch Engstrom (Ernest Borgnine) and brothers Lyle (Warren Oates) and Tector Gorch (Ben Johnson), Bishop discovers the heist is a setup orchestrated in part by his old partner, Deke Thornton (Robert Ryan). As the remaining gang takes refuge in Mexican territory, Thornton trails them, resulting in fierce gunfights with plenty of casualties.

“It’s a traumatic poem of violence, with imagery as ambivalent as Goya’s.” (Pauline Kael, The New Yorker)

“Arguably the strongest Hollywood movie of the 1960s — a western that galvanizes the clichés of its dying genre with a shocking jolt of delirious carnage.” (The Village Voice)

“It’s a towering achievement that grows more riveting and resonant with the years.” (Rolling Stone)

“One of the great artistic achievements of the 20th century. And a bloody awesome western to boot!” (Film4)

Sunday, June 25
Doors 5:30 pm | Movie 6:00 pm
Tickets $10 advance HERE | $12 at the door

*Minors welcome in the balcony! (Please note this film is rated 18A.) Must be 19+ w/ID for bar service and main floor seating.
*Groupons and passes OK; please redeem at the door.

THE WILD BUNCH (Sam Peckinpah, 1969 / 145 mins / 18A) Aging outlaw Pike Bishop (William Holden) prepares to retire after one final robbery. Joined by his gang, which includes Dutch Engstrom (Ernest Borgnine) and brothers Lyle (Warren Oates) and Tector Gorch (Ben Johnson), Bishop discovers the heist is a setup orchestrated in part by his old partner, Deke Thornton (Robert Ryan). As the remaining gang takes refuge in Mexican territory, Thornton trails them, resulting in fierce gunfights with plenty of casualties.

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