The Wild Bunch (Director's Cut) is the violent 1969 Western sensation that elevated action to new levels of gory titillation, and effected the pinnacle of the close knit men-of-action film. Directed by maestro Sam Peckinpah (Bring Me The Head of Alfredo Garcia), the film tells the story of two groups of outlaws; one, a group of aging bandits led by Pike Bishop (William Holden), fleeing from a botched bank holdup and reduced to being gunrunners for a Mexican general. The other, a ragtag bunch of hoodlums sent to catch the Wild Bunch. They are barely held together by Deke Thornton (Robert Ryan), who has old ties to Bishop. As Thortnon's group chases the bunch through Mexico, Pike and the rest of the old outlaws learn slowly but surely that this is the new west; it is a west of technology. It is a west where killing, once a necessary evil, is quick, efficient, and for the new generation, fun.