Sunday, April 22, 2012

Happy Birthday Jack Benteen: ‘Extreme Prejudice’ Turns 25


The Wild Bunch didn’t quite seem like a game changer when it was released in 1969.  The film was met with mixed reviews and mediocre box office.  Despite stumbling out of the proverbial gate, Sam Peckinpah’s western became one of the most influential films of all time.  Surely among its earliest admirers were filmmakers Walter Hill and John Milius.  Hill collaborated with Peckinpah three years later on the Steve McQueen vehicle The Getaway, which became Peckinpah’s biggest hit.  Indeed, Hill’s own approach to filmmaking owed much to that of Peckinpah.  Nearly 20 years after the release of The Wild Bunch, Hill decided to pay proper tribute to his deceased colleague John Milius’s help.  Their efforts yielded the aptly titled Extreme Prejudice