Saturday, September 21 | 8 pm
A shocking, violent ballad to an old world and a dying genre, The Wild Bunch takes place in Texas and Mexico in 1913, a transitional year when the Old West was giving way to the New West. 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 and epic casualties.
Museum Films is proud to host a 35mm screening of Sam Peckinpah’s groundbreaking revisionist Western in conjunction with the Oklahoma Book Festival, where author W.K. Stratton will present his new work, “The Wild Bunch: Sam Peckinpah, a Revolution in Hollywood, and the Making of a Legendary Film.”
Director Sam Peckinpah | 1969 | In English, Spanish and German | 145 minutes | R | 35mm