The Wild Bunch
Directed by Sam Peckinpah
Netflix says: Director Sam Peckinpah’s brilliant 1969 Western epic tells the story of a bunch of aging outlaws, led by Pike Bishop (William Holden), whose botched plans to pull of one last job forces them to collude with a crooked Mexican general (Emilio Fernandez)–leading to ugly bloodshed. Ernest Borgnine, Ben Johnson and Jaime Sanchez co-star.
Well, that was violent. And it’s good to see how far our special effects have come in the last 47 years. There was a lot of blood shed in this movie, but it was clearly not blood so much as it was a bright red kind of paint. And when I say bright red, you really need to imagine a kid’s jar of finger paint. That’s a close approximation I think. Not a bad movie, but it didn’t a lot for me. Though I do fully understand what Buffy meant when she told her friends not to “go all Wild Bunch” on her in the pilot episode of Buffy the Vampire Slayer.
2 thoughts on “AFI #79 – The Wild Bunch”
imagine a kid’s jar of finger paint. – maybe the 1960’s blood was red like that? I’ll have to ask my mom. Perhaps it gets a shade darker with the passing of each decade? For instance, I wonder if the blood color was pink in the 20’s – with all that party roaring going on.
Do you think Sarah Michelle Gellar, A.K.A Buffy the Vampire Slayer, do you think she was familiar with the reference when she first read the script?
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I know I sure didn’t, at the tender age of 16… And finger paint is a great description of the kind of red you see in this movie!