Pike (William Holden), Dutch (Ernest Borgnine), Sykes, the Gorch brothers, and Angel. They’re a bunch of aging outlaws who survive a botched attempt at the old “one last job” score. In Sam Peckinpah’s 1969 Western, the wild west of myth is essentially gone (the film is set in 1913), yet these bandits are holding on to some old ideal — crime is fine, as long as you’re stealing from the man, and loyalty above all. So when one of their posse is captured, the group goes after him, like men do, and ride straight into one of American film’s most bloody scenes.
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