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Year
1969
Runtime
135 min.
Director
Sam Peckinpah
Genres
Action, Adventure, Western
Rating *
8.0
Votes *
64,108
Checks
12,096
Favs
917
Dislikes
87
Favs/checks
7.6% (1:13)
Favs/dislikes
11:1
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  1. 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. 6 years ago
  2. 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. 4 years 3 months ago
  3. Unit 731's avatar

    Unit 731

    Best western ever made. Hands down. I think that Sergio Leone westerns are good fun and they are my personal favorites, but I think TWB has much more to offer and say.

    A lot of you sorry folk like to break it down to just gunfights when it offers so much more. Sure the movie starts and ends with probably few of the biggest bloodbaths on screen, but the middle acts are also important. The incredible ending wouldn't have that impact if we didn't see how the western mythology deteriorates around these men whose time is long gone by.

    The themes and characters are just so plain Peckinpah and I love every second of it. I also love the acting throughout the movie, but I have to admit Warren Oates' character is my favorite. IMO he was one of the greatest character-actors there ever was.
    There is that great feeling watching a Peckinpah film, when he invites you into his bleak and cynical world ran by twisted men.

    quote:
    If they move, kill 'em
    4 years 6 months ago
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  1. This movie ranks #16 in Western
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  2. This movie ranks #27 in Tim Dirks' Most Controversial Films of All-Time
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  3. This movie ranks #58 in Halliwell's Top 1000: The Ultimate Movie Countdown
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  4. This movie ranks #62 in They Shoot Pictures, Don't They?
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  5. This movie ranks #64 in Taschen 100 All-time favorite movies
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  6. This movie ranks #69 in AFI's 100 years...100 thrills
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  8. This movie ranks #82 in Sight and Sound 2012 - Combined List
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  9. This movie ranks #82 in 100 Must-See Films Of The 20th Century
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  10. This movie ranks #94 in Empire 500
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  11. This movie ranks #97 in 100 Westerns (BFI Screen Guide)
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  12. This movie ranks #168 in Roger Ebert: the great movies
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  13. This movie ranks #279 in National Film Registry
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  14. This movie ranks #300 in The Story of Film: An Odyssey
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  15. This movie ranks #331 in The British Film Institute: 360 Classics
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  16. This movie ranks #442 in 500 Essential Cult Movies
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  18. This movie ranks #497 in 1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die
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  19. This movie ranks #592 in Jonathan Rosenbaum's Essential Films
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  20. This movie ranks #707 in Have You Seen? A Personal Introduction to 1,000 Films
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  21. This movie ranks #975 in The Best 1,000 Movies Ever Made
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  22. This movie ranks #978 in The Guardian's 1000 Films to See Before You Die
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