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What sets this western apart from others is the quality of it's script. I was craned forward in my chair listening intently as if reading a good novel. And the idea of matching William Holden's expressive... Read more face with the gut wrenching situations his character finds himself in is superb. Sam Peckinpah takes what would otherwise be an average story and pushes it into the realm of real life decisions. His characters walk the razors edge between accepting the rules that a hard life has taught them and succumbing to the emotions everyone feels. They know that to succumb will mean death, but that death waits for them anyway. The final two scenes deliver a double punch of truth in the same style. A classic.
This movie is a classic. I am not a western fan but got this out for my husband who is but found myself completely absorbed by the story and the scenery.
The acting was great on all counts Mexicans... Read more, Gringos and all.
Lots of action, a plausible story line although thought the machine gun scenes were a bit over done but would recommend it to everyone.
The movie was rated as low as this for the simple reason that the double sided movie only played one side. I remember that when it was released it changed the boundaies of the "Western" as Mr Peckinpaw... Read more saw the lawlessness of the times with a clarity witherto unseen.
A western with a difference and one that is well photographed. Two very good scenes are the early town ambush and the train robbery. Even during the lesser segments there is interest provided by some... Read more great character supporting actors led by Oates & Martin. None of the characters however are worthy of sympathy.
Always a fan of a good Western, this one filled all the criteria. Some very violent moments though, but that goes with the genre.
Worth a watch if you haven't seen it - lots of better classic westerns though!
Other reviewers cover the acting, storyline, conflicts and dramas better than i could, I was just totally fascinated with the liberties Peckinpah took and maybe expected to get away with back in the... Read more day? In 1969 movies no one ever bled when they died violently, let alone sprayed blood everywhere, in cowboy movies? Sultry dark latina women didn't stroke their breast as they looked longingly at their temporary hero as a way to get him to leave a bigger tip? Is Peckinpah Quentin Tarantino's Grandad?
visceral success lies in peckinpah's style- evoking both disgust and horror through the use of violence. yet, any attempt at realism and critique the film offers is completely undermined by it's sentimental... Read more stance towards the western hero. Pike's gang operate within the confines of the classic western. even as they attempt to explode the myth, they are over determined by it. they exist within the romantic idea of a "code" and yet they abandon it at will. their death by that code is meaningless and nihilistic. this tension is what makes the movie thoughtful, interesting and modern. but it also makes it a less searing indictment of the west than intended. we are left with the feeling that time passed these men by. they were noble and the land around them had become amoral- they had to die.
Typical Peckinpah. However not even big name actors move this film from its gratuitous violence genre into any sort of art form. If you expected anything else why watch Peckinpah. It is easy to understand... Read more why Peckinpah had a checkered career with the Hollywood establishment. I chose it because I knew what I would get and I was not disappointed.
Really enjoyed this classic cowboy movie. One of the really good ones with some of the classic actors as well.