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Sam Peckinpah And The Making Of 'The Wild Bunch'

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L to R: Sam Peckinpah and William Holden on the set of "The Wild Bunch" in 1968.

Texas-based author W.K. Stratton's latest book, "The Wild Bunch: Sam Peckinpah, a Revolution in Hollywood, and the Making of a Legendary Film" takes a new look at the making of a Hollywood classic from the volatile director Sam Peckinpah. The book goes into the backstory of the film, and its release and influence.

At this talk, held on April 6, 2019 as part of the San Antonio Book Festival, Stratton discusses some of the themes in the book, and shares stories of the film's production. The talk is moderated by Adam Rocha, executive director of the San Antonio Film Festival.

An iconic scene from the film: