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In Africa, 2 expat "brothers" are usually at each other's throats but now have a common enemy. Ormond's men are shooting or catching much of the wildlife for export as well as forcing the locals off their land. Lots of fun fights follow.
A bush-flying duo crash-land in the heart of the Peruvian jungle where an unscrupulous speculator controls a precious emerald source and an entire mining community. Can they right the wrongs, and in the process, manage to make a profit?
Garret goes to Miami and gets murdered after 7 years in prison for a $20,000,000 bank robbery. The money and the 2 others were never found. The Trinity bros. go to Miami as cops to solve the case this time. Fun fights.
Jack Beauregard, once the greatest gunslinger of the Old West, only wants to move to Europe and retire in peace, but a young gunfighter, known only as "Nobody," idolizes him and wants to see him go out in a blaze of glory. He arranges for Jack to face the 150-man gang known as The Wild Bunch and earn his place in history.Written by
The bar scene with the shootout game had Neil Summers as Squirrel, who was a stuntman and appeared in many Westerns in bit parts. He also appeared in The Life and Times of Judge Roy Bean (1972). Steve Kanaly (as the false barber) also appeared in The Life and Times of Judge Roy Bean (1972). Geoffrey Lewis (as the leader of the Wild Bunch) was also in many Westerns. He was in The Culpepper Cattle Co. (1972), High Plains Drifter (1973), Bad Company (1972), The High Chaparral (1970 episode), Shoot the Sun Down (1978), and Tom Horn (1980). See more »
The locomotive is shown to be a coal-burning type, but has a "diamond" stack of the type used on wood-burning locomotives to trap embers and sparks. See more »
I see it clear as crystal. Jack Beauregard standing alone, facing the Wild Bunch. Just think of it. You'll be written up in all the history books.
You'll be down on Earth reading them while I'm up there playing on a harp.
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The German DVD release in 2005 (by Paramount Home Entertainment/Tobis Home Entertainment/TLEFilms) features the film digitally remastered for the first time in it's original uncut version. See more »
This spaghetti-in-cheek western from Sergio Leone and crew (direction credit went to Leone protégé Tonino Valerii) opens with déjà vu. Haven't we seen Henry Fonda getting shaved before, wondering if the barber's going to slit his throat?
Referencing his own "Once Upon a Time in the West" of five years earlier, idea-man Leone also pays satirical homage to perhaps the bloodiest western in history by inserting "the wild bunch" into this film as a band of one hundred, fifty men who appear only and repeatedly as a thundering herd in Leone-signature panoramas, accompanied by another impressive Ennio Morricone score, a herd which would-be greatest gunslinger, Nobody, proposes that Fonda's character face single-handedly to get him into the history books before Nobody draws him down. (Making the reference explicit, Nobody reads "Sam Peckinpah" off a grave marker in the scene leading to the first appearance here of "the wild bunch.")
As derivative as this movie may be, it's still enjoyable for its performances, its photography, its score, its style, its "twist" ending, its speed-up scenes which give Nobody's antics a silent Chaplin hearkening, and its one-off take on the spaghetti western which Leone made popular.
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