Sam Peckinpah’s Western epic – perhaps the greatest American movie – is a brilliant, suspenseful action picture about a band of outlaws on the run in south Texas and Mexico in the days before the First World War. It has been restored to its full 2 hour and 24 minute length, and the restored scenes – mostly flashbacks to painful moments in the life of the gang’s leader, Pike Bishop (William Holden) – deepen and complicate the viewer’s responses to the film’s violent set pieces. The voluptuous carnage in the opening shoot-out and in the climactic massacre is more disturbing than ever, because it’s now tinged with the melancholy of an aging killer. The complete film makes clear that this was always meant to be Pike’s story: a portrait of a Western survivor who becomes, in the end, an artist of death.
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