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Bring Me the Head of Alfredo Garcia (1974)

R  |   |  Action, Crime, Drama  |  13 March 1975 (Mexico)
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An American bartender and his prostitute girlfriend go on a road trip through the Mexican underworld to collect a $1 million bounty on the head of a dead gigolo.

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Helmut Dantine ...
Max
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El Jefe (as Emilio Fernandez)
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Biker
Chano Urueta ...
Manchot, the bartender
Donnie Fritts ...
John (as Donny Fritts)
Jorge Russek ...
Cueto
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Chalo (as Chalo Gonzalez)
Don Levy ...
Frank
Enrique Lucero ...
Esteban
Janine Maldonado ...
Theresa
Tamara Garina ...
Grandmother Moreno
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Storyline

A family scandal causes a wealthy and powerful Mexican rancher to make the pronouncement--'Bring me the head of Alfredo Garcia!' Two of the bounty-hunters thus dispatched encounter a local piano-player in their hunt for information. The piano-player does a little investigating on his own and finds out that his girlfriend knows of Garcia's death and last resting place. Thinking that he can make some easy money and gain financial security for he and his (now) fiancée, they set off on this goal. Of course, this quest only brings him untold misery, in the form of trademark Peckinpah violence. Written by Tad Dibbern <DIBBERN_D@a1.mscf.upenn.edu>

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Also Known As:

Bring mir den Kopf von Alfredo Garcia  »

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$1,500,000 (estimated)
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Brilliant!
21 January 2006 | by (upstate ny) – See all my reviews

This one is a masterpiece light-years better that Pat Garret & Billy the Kid. This film updates the traditional American anti-hero of films like Huston's "Treasure Of The Sierra Madre" Mitchum's "Out of the Past", Eastwood's "Leone trilogy" and re-incarnates him as a decadent "lounge lizard, piano bar operating, sleaze-ball" named Bennie, out originally for the easy money and then out for revenge. This film is tight, brutally tragic, and picaresquely funny with the continuing one sided dialog between Benny and Alfredo a hoot. Benny's battered oil burning red Chevy Impala convertible imprints an impression of an impromptu pimp mobile-environmental disaster as it lays a blue contrail down on the highway.

The best Peckinpah I've seen so far.

Great cinematography, great dialog's and memorable one liners. Benny take your place in the Pantheon of Anti- Heroes


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