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Sam Peckinpah (1925–1984)


"If they move", commands stern-eyed William Holden, "kill 'em". So begins The Wild Bunch (1969), Sam Peckinpah's bloody, high-body-count eulogy to the mythologized Old West. "Pouring new wine into the bottle of the Western, Peckinpah explodes the bottle", observed critic Pauline Kael. That exploding bottle also christened the director with the ... See full bio »

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 2011 Straw Dogs (earlier screenplay)
 1974 Bring Me the Head of Alfredo Garcia (screenplay) / (story)
 1971 Straw Dogs (screenplay)
 1969 The Wild Bunch (screenplay)
 1968 Villa Rides (screenplay)
 1966 ABC Stage 67 (TV Series) (writer - 1 episode)
- Noon Wine (1966) ... (writer)
 1965 Major Dundee (screenplay)
  The Dick Powell Theatre (TV Series) (story - 1 episode, 1963) (teleplay - 1 episode, 1962)
- The Losers (1963) ... (story)
- Pericles on 31st Street (1962) ... (teleplay)
 1962 Ride the High Country (uncredited)
  The Westerner (TV Series) (3 episodes, 1960) (creator - 9 episodes, 1960) (written by - 1 episode, 1960)
- The Painting (1960) ... (creator)
- Hand on the Gun (1960) ... (creator)
- Going Home (1960) ... (creator)
- Line Camp (1960) ... (creator)
- Ghost of a Chance (1960) ... (creator)
  Klondike (TV Series) (writer - 1 episode, 1960) (story - 1 episode, 1960) (teleplay - 1 episode, 1960)
- Swoger's Mule (1960) ... (writer)
- Klondike Fever (1960) ... (story) / (teleplay)
 1960 Pony Express (TV Series) (writer - 1 episode)
- The Story of Julesberg (1960) ... (writer)
  Zane Grey Theater (TV Series) (1 episode, 1960) (writer - 3 episodes, 1958 - 1959)
- Miss Jenny (1960)
- Lonesome Road (1959) ... (writer)
- Trouble at Tres Cruces (1959) ... (writer)
- The Sharpshooter (1958) ... (writer)
  The Rifleman (TV Series) (teleplay - 3 episodes, 1958 - 1959) (written by - 3 episodes, 1958 - 1959) (story - 2 episodes, 1958 - 1959)
- The Baby Sitter (1959) ... (story) / (teleplay)
- The Money Gun (1959) ... (teleplay)
- The Boarding House (1959) ... (written by)
- The Marshal (1958) ... (story) / (teleplay)
- Home Ranch (1958) ... (written by)
  Broken Arrow (TV Series) (teleplay - 2 episodes, 1957) (writer - 1 episode, 1958)
- The Transfer (1958) ... (writer)
- The Teacher (1957) ... (teleplay)
- The Assassin (1957) ... (teleplay)
 1958 Man Without a Gun (TV Series) (written by - 1 episode)
- The Kidder (1958) ... (written by)
  Gunsmoke (TV Series) (screenplay by - 9 episodes, 1955 - 1957) (screenplay - 2 episodes, 1957 - 1958)
- Dirt (1958) ... (screenplay - as David S. Peckinpah)
- How to Kill a Woman (1957) ... (screenplay - as David S. Peckinpah)
- Jealousy (1957) ... (screenplay by)
- Poor Pearl (1956) ... (screenplay by)
- Legal Revenge (1956) ... (screenplay by)
 1958 Tombstone Territory (TV Series) (teleplay - 1 episode)
- Johnny Ringo's Last Ride (1958) ... (teleplay)
 1958 Have Gun - Will Travel (TV Series) (written by - 1 episode)
- The Singer (1958) ... (written by)
 1957 Trackdown (TV Series) (writer - 1 episode)
- The Town (1957) ... (writer)
 1957 Tales of Wells Fargo (TV Series) (teleplay and story - 1 episode)
- Apache Gold (1957) ... (teleplay and story)
 1957 The 20th Century-Fox Hour (TV Series) (teleplay - 1 episode)
- End of a Gun (1957) ... (teleplay)
 1957 Mr. Adams and Eve (TV Series)
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Other Works:

Music video for Julian Lennon 'Too Late for Goodbyes' - Director.

Publicity Listings:

8 Biographical Movies | 20 Print Biographies | 1 Interview | 8 Articles | 2 Pictorials | 1 Magazine Cover Photo | See more »

Alternate Names:

Sam Peckimpah | David S. Peckinpah | David Peckinpah | Sam 'The Man' Peckinpah

Height:

5' 9" (1.75 m)
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Personal Quote:

[on Four Star Productions, Dick Powell, and the genesis of The Rifleman (1958)] I did this one script for Gunsmoke (1955) that Charles Marquis Warren turned down--said it was a piece of shit! I knew it was one of the best things I'd written, so I took it back and reworked it and Dick Powell at Four Star bought it as a pilot for "The Rifleman". Dick Powell was really a fine gentleman and the eagle ... See more »

Trivia:

In his January 1972 Playboy interview, Peckinpah was asked to comment about critic Pauline Kael's assertion that in Straw Dogs (1971), he endorsed rape by having the protagonist's wife seemingly enjoy being violated by her ex-boyfriend. Pointing out that the scene in question was actually the first stage of a gangbang and that the wife clearly did not enjoy being taken by the second man, he went ... See more »

Trademark:

The lead character (or characters) in most of his films live by a code of conduct or honor that proves to be obsolete in the face of changing times. See more »

Nickname:

Mad Sam See more »

Star Sign:

Pisces

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