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Bring Me the Head of Alfredo Garcia (1974)

An American barroom pianist and his prostitute girlfriend go on a road trip through the Mexican underworld to collect a bounty on the head of a dead gigolo.

Director:

Sam Peckinpah

Writers:

Gordon T. Dawson (screenplay) (as Gordon Dawson), Sam Peckinpah (screenplay) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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 Chano Urueta ... Manchot, the bartender
Donnie Fritts Donnie Fritts ... John (as Donny Fritts)
Jorge Russek ... Cueto
Chalo González ... Chalo (as Chalo Gonzalez)
Don Levy Don Levy ... Frank
Enrique Lucero ... Esteban
Janine Maldonado Janine Maldonado ... Theresa
Tamara Garina 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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Country:

Mexico | USA

Language:

English | Spanish | Latin

Release Date:

13 March 1975 (Mexico) See more »

Also Known As:

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Budget:

$1,500,000 (estimated)
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Mono

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1.37 : 1
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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 »

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Bennie: I can smell shit 100 miles away... sometimes closer.
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Peckinpah's best film
18 July 2007 | by looneyfarmSee all my reviews

I have to comment on this film, although I don't know how well I am able to address my feelings relating to it. I guess you can't blame me: Bring Me the Head of Alfredo Garcia is a bizarre, not-so-literate film. But the minute I saw the poster of the blood-stained hand holding a pendant, the title and Warren Oates in the headlining, I knew I was going to love this film. Now having seen it, I have only superlatives to say about it.

What makes Peckinpah's films so good in the first place is that even though they have a lot of graphic violence, it's not self-serving, brainless entertainment like Tarantino's or Rodriguez's films (not that I don't like them as well). Peckinpah makes a point with it all, especially in Straw Dogs and The Wild Bunch, and Al Garcia is no exception to that. Here Warren Oates is a man whose morals are challenged by greed and corruption around him, who loses everything he has and thus takes his shots on the bad guys who try to capitalise things they bear no emotional relationship to. Not that I could make sense everything of it; as said, this film is bizarre and surreal from start to finish, but somehow it grabs you and doesn't let go. Just as Ebert said, there's hidden meaning even in a severed, rotting head. Considering this film was made when Peckinpah was losing his credibility among Hollywood studios, I would say he wanted this film to be an allegory of a maverick director surviving in the Hollywood system.

How this film has remained only a film buffs' favorite, I don't know. I mean, come on, it has everything to be a crime/thriller classic: Peckinpah in the director's chair, Warren Oates at his best, truckloads of attitude and some jet-black comedy in lines such as "you guys are definitely on my s**t list now." A truly brilliant, brilliant film.


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