© 2013 Miro Roman

The Wild Bunch, 1969

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FADE IN:

OUTSKIRTS OF A SOUTH TEXAS RAILROAD YARD (SAN RAFAEL)

A TRAIN ROARS PAST REVEALING IN THE DISTANCE FIVE MET RIDING
TOWARD CAMERA along the tracks. In CLOSE F.G. is.the back
part of a sign.

NARRATOR
To most of America in 1913, the Age
of Innocence had arrived and the
stories of the Indian Wars and the
Gold.RuSh and the Great Gunfighters
had become either barroom ballyhoo
or front-porch remiraiscences… .But
on both sides of the $io Grande men
still lived as thia7 had in the 1 70’s
and 1 80’s — unchanged. men in a
changing land.
THEY WEAR THE KHAKI UNIFORMS OF THE UNITED STATES CnVALJRY..
The horses bear the government brand and the saddles are
regulation.
PIKE BISHOP,. wearing lieutenant’s bars, rides slightly ahead
of the others. He rides stiffly; always slightly in pain…
Pike is a not unhandsome, leather-faced man in his early
forties. A thoughtful, self-educated top gun with a penchant
for violence who is afraid of nothing – except the. changes
in himself and those around him.
Make no mistake, Pike Bishop is not a hero — his values are
not ours — he is a gunfighter, a criminal, a bank. robber, a
killer of men. His sympathies are not for fences, for
trolleys.and telegraphs or better schools. He lives outside
and against society because he believes in that way of life
and if he has moments of sympathy for others, moments of
regret, t hey ‘ are short lived. He is not a ‘good man’
according to the righteous… To them he is totally bad,
and he wouldn’t have it any other way.
Next to him DUTCH ENGSTROM wears the uniform of a sergeant.
Dutch is big„ good-natured with a fast gun hand, strong
loyalty and, like Pike, a bone deep distaste for rules and
regulations. He can sing,. has more than his share of charm,
but believes in nothing except two men, and Pike is one.
Behind them ride two brothers, LYLE and TECTOR GORCH,
dressed as corporals. Lyle and Tector are big, tough, hot
tempered and sudden. They work together, eat together and

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sometimes sleep together with the same whore. Brutal,
vicious in a fight, illiterate,. they are always pressing
for an advantage and once they get it — they never let go.
They are without loyalty or honor, to anyone except each
other and that is limited.
A fifth man wears the single stripe of a PFC. This is. AL’GEL.
Angel is a good-looking, bilingual Mexican boy in his middle
20’s who has seen so much blood and violence and cruelty
under Diaz that he rebelled — but his rebellion was not with
Villa or Obregon, his was a one-man revolution against them
all. He believes in his family, his village and the inherent
dignity of. man (some men at least). ” He is faster than his
companions with a gun — and a better shot — but he can’t.
laugh at the loss of love or suffer the loss of pride —
Mexican pride – a pride that can kill him, but if it does,.
he will have no regrets.
REACHING THE SIGN THE MEN STOP. Witut.speaking they, begin
to brush off their clothing and get their uniforms in order.

4 THE SIGN READS IN RAILROAD LETTERS: SAN RAFAEL, TEXAS
And underneath, someone has printed:

W�LCO ME TO SAN RAFAEL

THE SEVENTH OLDEST TOWN IN SOUTH TEXAS

FOUNDED 1703, POPULATION 5

1914, POPULATION 2682

STAY ON AND GROW WITH OUR COMMUNITY
PIKE’ AND ‘ DUTCH STARE FOR A MOMENT AT THE SIGN, slightly
bemused. _

DUTCH
Make you feel welcome?

PIKE

(DRYLY)
It helps..

TEC TOR
What’s it say?

ANGEL
(baiting him)
It invites us to stay with the community
and grow. It is here, perhaps with time
and small miracle — that you could be
taught to read.

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Tector looks at Angel for a long moment, then turns to Pike.

TECTOR
I never enlisted to serve with no
smart-mouthed kid.

ANGEL
Nor I with dogs.

DUTCH
(grinning at Pike)
ITd like to transfer to another unit —
there seems to be dissension in the
ranks.

PIKE
(t0 Teotor and Angel)
Itll transfer both of you — just one
more word.
They look at him silently. He means it. Finally Tike spurs
his horse and the group sta’ts for town, CAMERA PANNING. THEM
PAST. THE STATt.ON A�M BOXCARS into a side street.

EXT.. MAIN SQUARE OF SAN RAFAEL DAY

THE SQUARE. SHOWS THE MEXICAN/SPANISH INFLUENCE AND.IS CROWDED
with weekend visitors. Men,. women and children are. milling
about, shopping and idly trading gossip.. The town.has the
look of turn of the century Americana along with its.Spanisn
heritage. The group of soldiers enter almost unnoticed.-
Riding downethe street they pass:
A LARGE TENT IN FRONT OF WHICH IS A BANNER ANNOUNCING a
W.C.T.U. meeting, which, according to the SOUNDS of the bass
drum and a sermon denouncing rum, is presently going on
inside.

SPEAKER (OS)
Leviticus. 10.9. Do not drink wine or
strong drink thou,nor thy sons with
thee least ye die. It shall be a
statute forever. Look. not though. upon.
the. wine when it. is red when it giveth
his color in the cup when it moveth
itself aright at the last it biteth
like a serpent and stingeth like an
adder.

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