At the risk of repeating myself, the facts come from Roger Spottiswoode via both Seydor and Weddle; Sam cut it to 123 minutes then dug in his heels and was taken off the film. Aubrey was determined to get it down to a 90 minute oater and both Spottiswoode and Wolfe only agreed to edit in a vain bid to save what they could for Sam; in the end it was useless. Aubrey had other cutters brought in. The theatrical release may be seen as the work of Peckinpah because edits made while he was involved are still there; but to all intents and purposes he didn't make or approve of that cut. I've no problem accepting what has already been put into print, rather than a few careless, or misinterpreted, words on a DVD release.