The Wild Bunch script
Synopsis: The Wild Bunch is a 1969 American epic Western Technicolor and Panavision 70mm film directed by Sam Peckinpah about an aging outlaw gang on the Texas–Mexico border, trying to exist in the changing modern world of 1913. The film was controversial because of its graphic violence and its portrayal of crude men attempting to survive by any available means.

Unchanged men in a changing land. Out of step, out of place and

desperately out of time... Suddenly a new West had emerged.

Suddenly it was sundown for nine men. Suddenly their day was over.

Suddenly, the sky was bathed in blood.

Bank Robbery

1 The cavalry (Credits)

(The wild bunch in military uniforms rides into the town (San

Rafael (name on a house), Starbuck).

Children, including girls, throwing scorpions into an anthill.

An assembly of the temperance union.

Bounty hunters (Thornton) are lurking on the roof of a house).

Pastor:

(during the speach members of the wild bunch are riding into town

in army uniforms, others, also in army uniforms are waiting in the

town. The scene is often interrupted by credits)

"Do not drink wine nor strong drink

thou not thy sons with thee

lest ye shall die."

(Leviticus 10.9, unfair quote: "Do not drink wine nor strong

drink, ... when ye go into the tabernacle of the congregation

...")

"Look not thou upon the wine when it is read

and when it brings his color in the cup, when moves itself aright

at the last it bites like a serpent and stings like an adder."

(Proverbs 23.31ff)

Now folks ...

that's from the Good Book

but in this town it's five cent a glass.

Five cents a glass.

Does anyone really think that is the price of a drink?

The price of a drink? Let him decide who has lost his courage and

pride who lies a groveling heap of clay not far removed...

'Soldier': All's quiet, sir

PIKE:
Let's fall in.

(We investigate with Pike's eyes the town)

Follow me.

(Running into an old woman)

I beg your pardon, Madam.

Madam:
I'm so sorry.

DUTCH:
(smiling) Allow me Madam.

Madam:
Thank you.

PIKE:
(offers her his arm) May I.

Madam:
Thank you.

(Cut to the Bounty hunters on the roof of a building):

Harrigan:
Thornton, wake up. Soldiers. Take a look

(Inside the bank office):

Old employee:
I don't care what you meant to do, it's what you did

I don't like.

You inconvenienced this lady, and made a fool of yourself and this

railroad.

Now I want you to apologize to this ...

(wild bunch entering the bank office)

Yes, can I help you?

PIKE:
If they move kill them.

END OF THE CREDITS;

(Cut to the Bounty hunters on the roof of a building):

Harrigan:
Is he with them?

THORNTON:
He is there.

(The bounty hunters move into their shooting position, very

nervous, from the street you can see the movement on the roof.)

Harrigan:
Hold your fire. Get down.

Wait till they come out.

Coffer:
(laughing) I can nail him.

THORNTON:
I said wait.

T.C.:
What if they go out the back?

Coffer:
It's covered. You two bit redneck peckerwood.

(Inside the bank):

PIKE:
(organizing his men) Abe

(Angel is controlling the street and the roofs)

2 Temperance parade

(Angel, later the Gorch brothers detect the bounty hunters, while

the temperance union is marching along the street).

Pastor:
I solemnly promise God helping me ...

People:
I solemnly promise God helping me ...

Pastor:
to abstain from all distilled, fermented malt liquors

including wine beer and cider.

People:
to abstain from liquor, including wine beer and cider.

(Begin of the Temperance Parade)

SONG:
(accompanied by music until the shooting starts)

Yes we'll gather at the river

the beautiful, beautiful river

gather with the saints at the river

that flows by the throne of God.

ANGEL:
People singing marching down the street. They'll pass the

horses.

PIKE:
We'll join them.

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Sam Peckinpah

David Samuel "Sam" Peckinpah was an American film director and screenwriter who achieved prominence following the release of the Western epic The Wild Bunch. more…

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