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Year
1969
Runtime
135 min.
Director
Sam Peckinpah
Genres
Action, Adventure, Western
Rating *
8.0
Votes *
64,108
Checks
11,938
Favs
907
Dislikes
85
Favs/checks
7.6% (1:13)
Favs/dislikes
11:1
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  1. lachyas's avatar

    lachyas

    A strong start and a stronger finish, but the two hours in between leaves much to be desired, with atrocious pacing, a complete lack of memorable characters, poor attempts at humour, and a meandering, aimless narrative. Like the vast majority of westerns that have reached the status of 'classic' I really struggle to see why this is so revered. Maybe the genre just isn't for me. 3 years 9 months ago
  2. dchauvin's avatar

    dchauvin

    Unlike others, I came into the movie with little expectations and was quite pleasantly surprised, although it was a little boring and disjointed at times. The brutal end scene was really something. 5 years 6 months ago
  3. Zeltaebar's avatar

    Zeltaebar

    I agree with everyone that thinks this is overrated. I love westerns and some are among my personal favourites. This one is not. It is, as some commentators point out, uneven and at times boring. The bank robbery in the beginning, the train heist in the middle and the last shoot-out are good stuff but because the stuff in between are dull, I eventually got bored. One of the key problems in my opinion is the lack of iconic, tough characters in the main roles that could have carried the movie. Peckinpah opted for strong actors (several has Academy Awards to their names) rather than the charisma and spectacle of Western legends such as John Wayne, Clint Eastwood and Lee van Cleef. The guys in the movie seem to be a bit chubby, uncomfortable and tired. Now, I get that that is part of the point..... Their era being over, age catching up and doom closing in and so forth, but for examples on how to pull that off, check out Clint Eastwood in Unforgiven (or a modern movie such as Gran Torino). William Holden and Ernest Borgnin just seem.... out of place. 6 years 2 months ago
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