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Bring Me the Head of Alfredo Garcia (1974)

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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Cast overview, first billed only:
El Jefe (as Emilio Fernandez)
Chano Urueta ...
Manchot, the bartender
Donnie Fritts ...
John (as Donny Fritts)
Jorge Russek ...
Chalo (as Chalo Gonzalez)
Don Levy ...
Enrique Lucero ...
Janine Maldonado ...
Tamara Garina ...
Grandmother Moreno


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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Release Date:

13 March 1975 (Mexico)  »

Also Known As:

Bring mir den Kopf von Alfredo Garcia  »

Box Office


$1,500,000 (estimated)

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1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?


When Warren Oates is first seen playing the piano in the Mexico City bar, a fake one-dollar bill on the brick wall directly behind him has a caricature of Richard Nixon. Director Sam Peckinpah inserted it there to show his contempt for Nixon, whose presidency was falling apart. See more »


In the driving scene, when Bennie tells Elita he is going after Alfredo's head, the same blue and white Dodge Dart appears twice within seconds. See more »


Bennie: Don't you look at me with your Goddamn fucking eyes!
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Crazy Credits

There are only three credits at the beginning of the film: The production credit, the two stars, and the story/screenplay. Everything else is at the end, and the film's title is the very last credit. See more »


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One man and his quest for meaning turns into a Peckinpah classic.
4 March 2008 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

El Jefe is outraged to find that his daughter has fallen pregnant to a man who has upped and gone, after learning the identity of the rascal (Alfredo Garcia), he offers one million dollars to anyone who can bring him the head of the Lothario running man. On the trail are hit men Quill & Sappensly, Bennie & his prostitute girlfriend Elita, and some other Mexican bandit types, all of them are on a collision course that will bring far more than they all bargained for.

This was the one film where director Sam Peckinpah felt he had the most control, the one where we apparently get his own cut and not some chopped up piece of work from interfering executives. Viewing it now some 34 years after its release, it stands up well as a testament to the work of a great director. On the surface it looks trashy, we have homosexual hit men, grave robbing, potential rape, murders abound, prostitution, lower than the low characters, in short the film is awash with Peckinpah traits. Yet it would be a disservice to even think this film isn't rich in thematic texture, for the journey that Bennie, our main protagonist takes is one of meaning, he is a loser, but we find him on this quest to find not only fortune, but respect and love. It's a bloody trail for sure, but it has much depth and no little Peckinpah humour to push the film to it's bloody yet triumphant finale. Warren Oates is rewarded by Peckinpah for years of sterling work for him by getting the lead role of Bennie, and he grasps it with both hands to turn in a wonderful performance that splits sadness and vibrancy with deft of ease.

Bring Me The Head Of Alfredo Garcia has a harsh quality about it, be it the violence, or be it the sadness of the characters, but what isn't in doubt to me is that it's harshness is cloaked in Peckinpah splendour. 9/10

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