||1995 re-release of 1969 film|
An aging band of outlaws (who are also portrayed for the most part by old
cowboy-movie icons such as William Holden and Ernest Borgnine) try for one last, big score
while bounty hunters (led by Robert Ryan) dog their trail. All this takes place on the eve
of World War I, as the old West the outlaws knew has already pretty much faded away.
Peckinpah's masterpiece. A sweeping epic that critic Roger Ebert has called
"one of the great defining moments of modern movies." Controversy over the film's heavy
violence made it too hot to handle at the 1970 Academy Awards but Lucien Ballard's stunning
cinematography deservedly won the National Society of Film Critics award that year.
Rated R. Persistent, graphic violence.
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