[Quick Summary: Aging outlaws try one last run as the code of the Old West crumbles, & a new impersonal era begins.]
This was a head scratcher.
I didn't get the senseless killings. Nor connected with characters who betrayed each other. And maybe that was the point.
So why does Roger Ebert call this:
- "one of the most controversial films of its time--praised and condemned with equal vehemence" AND
- "one of the great defining moments of modern movies"?
I think it was the first of its kind.
The first to show that much violence.
The first to cause that violent of a reaction (whether you agree with the film or not, it does stir up discussion).
In the confusing age of the 1970s Vietnam War, it might actually have been a wistful longing for an Old West with a code.
WHAT I'VE LEARNED: I don't understand all the scripts on this list.
I probably would've passed if I were reading this today.
The Wild Bunch (1969)
by Walon Green & Sam Peckinpah