I'm always reading what a great film and, in particular, what a great western The Wild Bunch is. Personally I've never liked the film. I disliked it when it was first shown theatrically and have not changed my opinion. It's typical of most Sam Peckinpah films; amoral, delighting in extreme violence and in showing man's inhumanity to man. The photography and direction are mediocre. The final shoot-up is ridiculously over the top. Give me The Searchers or She Wore a Yellow Ribbon anyday. Now those really are great films! Unfortunately The Wild Bunch also helped put the nail in the coffin of tradional westerns such as those personified by John Ford.