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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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Biker
Chano Urueta ...
Manchot, the bartender
Donnie Fritts ...
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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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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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Bring mir den Kopf von Alfredo Garcia  »

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$1,500,000 (estimated)
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Warren Oates copied Sam Peckinpah to play his part, right down to borrowing a pair of sunglasses from the director. See more »

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At a little after 1:33 in the movie, as Bennie crosses inside his apartment, alone and talking to Alfredo's head ("A friend of ours used to take a shower in there...You know that? You know that!"), a crewman in black clothing can be glimpsed ducking behind an adjacent transom. A second later, his arm reappears as Bennie reaches for a bottle in the pantry. See more »

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Dark Latter-Day Western
27 February 2004 | by (Scotland) – See all my reviews

This dark and brutal film involves Benny, an American piano player in Mexico (played by Warren Oates) who gets involved with bounty hunters searching for the head of Alfredo Garcia. The head is worth one million dollars, because Garcia got the daughter of a very wealthy and powerful man, pregnant.

The film features plenty of Sam Peckinpah's trademark slow-motion violence in some very well-staged action set pieces. The cast (particularly Oates and Isle Vega, as his Mexican girlfriend) are good, and the film conjures up a powerful atmosphere of despair and casual cruelty and violence.

The film , however, features moments of genuine tenderness between Oates and Vega. Oates plays Benny as a man on the edge. Basically decent but forced to do some pretty horrible things to survive.

Reviled by critics on it's first release, this film will prompt some strong reactions in viewers. While not one of Peckinpah's best films, his enormous talent is still visible throughout this film.


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