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August 1974 (Austria) See more »
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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. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Warren Oates ... Bennie

Isela Vega ... Elita

Robert Webber ... Sappensly

Gig Young ... Quill

Helmut Dantine ... Max

Emilio Fernández ... El Jefe (as Emilio Fernandez)

Kris Kristofferson ... Biker
Chano Urueta ... Manchot, the bartender
Donnie Fritts ... John (as Donny Fritts)
Jorge Russek ... Cueto

Chalo González ... Chalo (as Chalo Gonzalez)
Don Levy ... Frank

Enrique Lucero ... Esteban
Janine Maldonado ... Theresa
Tamara Garina ... Grandmother Moreno
Farnesio de Bernal ... Bernardo
Ahui Camacho ... El Chavito
Monica Miguel ... Dolores de Escomiglia
Paco Pharrez ... El Carpintero (as Paco Pharres)
Juan Manuel Díaz ... Paulo
René Dupeyrón ... Angel (as Rene Dupeyron)
Yolanda Ponce ... Yolo
Juan Jose Palacios ... Juan
Manolo ... Tourist Guide
Nery Ruiz ... Maria (as Neri Ruiz)
Roberto Dumont ... Chavo
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Armando Acosta ... Waiter (uncredited)

Richard Bright ... Bar Patron (uncredited)
Queta Carrasco ... Market vendor (uncredited)
Conrad Hool ... El Jefe's guard (uncredited)

Whitey Hughes ... Bar Patron (uncredited)
Cecilia Leger ... Party guest (uncredited)
Antonio Leo ... El jefe's bodyguard (uncredited)
Velia Lupercio ... Old woman (uncredited)
Rubén Márquez ... Guest at baptism (uncredited)
Sharon Peckinpah ... Nun (uncredited)
Garner Simmons ... Hacienda Guard (uncredited)

Directed by
Sam Peckinpah 
Writing credits
Frank Kowalski (story) and
Sam Peckinpah (story)

Sam Peckinpah (screenplay) and
Gordon T. Dawson (screenplay) (as Gordon Dawson)

Produced by
Martin Baum .... producer
Helmut Dantine .... executive producer
Gordon T. Dawson .... associate producer (as Gordon Dawson)
Original Music by
Jerry Fielding 
Cinematography by
Álex Phillips Jr. 
Film Editing by
Dennis Dolan  (as Dennis E. Dolan)
Sergio Ortega 
Robbe Roberts 
Casting by
Claudia Becker 
Art Direction by
Agustín Ituarte 
Makeup Department
Rosa Guerrero .... makeup artist
Production Management
William Davidson .... executive production manager (as William C. Davidson)
Carlos Terron Garcia .... unit production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
William Davidson .... first assistant director (as William C. Davidson)
Jesús Marín .... assistant director (as Jesus Marin)
Art Department
Enrique Estévez .... set dresser (as Enrique Estevez)
Alf Pegley .... property master
Sound Department
Michael Colgan .... sound editor (as Mike Colgan)
Harry W. Tetrick .... re-recording mixer
Manuel Topete .... sound mixer
Special Effects by
Raul Falomir .... special effects
Federico Farfán .... special effects (as Federico Farfan)
León Ortega .... special effects (as Leon Ortega)
Gary Combs .... stunt coordinator
Duffy Hambleton .... stunt coordinator (as Duffy Hambledon)
Whitey Hughes .... stunt coordinator
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Adolfo Ramírez .... wardrobe
Editorial Department
Garth Craven .... supervising editor
Music Department
Dan Carlin Sr. .... music editor (as Dan Carlin)
Arturo Castro .... mexican music coordinator
Greig McRitchie .... orchestrator (as Greg McRitchie)
Lennie Niehaus .... orchestrator (as Leonard Niehaus)
Other crew
Katherine Haber .... production assistant: director
Sharon Peckinpah .... dialogue director
Jim Preminger .... production assistant
Trudy von Trotha .... script supervisor
Yannoulla Wakefield .... production coordinator
Dan York .... production assistant
'Chema' Hernandez .... head wrangler: Mexico (uncredited)
Crew verified as complete

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112 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Australia:R | Brazil:18 | Finland:K-16 (cut) (1987) | Finland:K-18 (uncut) (1974) (2010) | France:12 | Germany:16 (re-rating) (2005) | Iceland:16 | Italy:VM14 | Netherlands:12 | New Zealand:R16 | Portugal:M/16 | Singapore:M18 | South Korea:18 | Spain:18 | Sweden:15 (cut) | UK:X (original rating) | UK:18 (video rating) (1987) | USA:R (certificate #23929) | West Germany:18 (original rating)

Did You Know?

The film is included on Roger Ebert's "Great Movies" list.See more »
Crew or equipment visible: As Bennie crosses inside his apartment, alone, and talks to Alfredo's head, a crewman in black clothing is visible, ducking behind an adjacent transom. His arm reappears a second later, as Bennie reaches for a bottle in the pantry.See more »
Bennie:Nobody loses all the time.See more »
Movie Connections:
Spoofed in Dead End (1985)See more »
J.F.See more »


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73 out of 83 people found the following review useful.
Unrivaled., 15 April 2005
Author: (sothisislife) from Southern California

It is my humble opinion that Bring Me the Head of Alfredo Garcia comes as close to capturing the maddening drive of man as any movie. That is to say that it sits at the same table as the greats, perhaps across the way from Citizen Kane or Raging Bull. If you contest this it is perhaps only because the film is not as beautiful, not as magnificent, as the rest of its ballpark. I would argue that that is partially the point.

Bennie's quest is stripped to its core so that the brutality of the film is expressive of Bernie himself. There is not a violent film with more validity for its actions than this one, it is the maddening human mind which causes deaths here. Peckinpah shows us everything that is important in this man's life and then shows us what a man is capable of doing once all that is taken away. The difference between this film and other similar films is perhaps that the movie has such humble beginnings. We build ourselves inside of Bennie. When we first meet him he is casually and happily playing the piano, quietly dreaming of settling into a different kind of love. We share a quiet picnic with him, witness his wedding proposal.

Perhaps also there has never been a chaotic killing spree that has seemed this environmental. While usually the hero goes on a rampage in a way that is appropriately heroic itself, Bennie is no hero. He is a man forced into a situation by the world around him, as it seems he is always forced into situations. Since he is never the man he wants to be it seems natural that he would become the kind of man that is the amalgamation of love and hate.

All the emotion a movie in this genre could handle.

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