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Encyclopedia > Bring Me the Head of Alfredo Garcia
Bring Me the Head of Alfredo Garcia

Bring Me the Head of Alfredo Garcia movie poster
Directed by Sam Peckinpah
Produced by Martin Baum
Starring Warren Oates
Isela Vega
Robert Webber
Gig Young
Helmut Dantine
Distributed by United Artists
Release date August 14, 1974 U.S. release
Running time 112 min
Language English
Budget $1,500,000 (estimated)
IMDb profile

Bring Me the Head of Alfredo Garcia (Tráiganme la cabeza de Alfredo García) is a 1974 film directed by Sam Peckinpah. Image File history File links Bring_Me_the_Head_of_Alfredo_Garcia_movie_poster. ... Sam Peckinpah David Samuel Peckinpah (February 21, 1925 - December 28, 1984) was an American film director, known as Sam Peckinpah. ... Warren Oates (July 5, 1928 - April 3, 1982) was an American character actor. ... Robert Webber (October 14, 1924 - May 19, 1989) was an actor who starred as Juror #12 in the 1957 hit movie 12 Angry Men. ... Actor Gig Young in City That Never Sleeps Gig Young (November 4, 1913 – October 19, 1978) was an American film actor. ... Helmut Dantine in Casablanca (1942) Helmut Dantine (October 7, 1917 - May 2, 1982) was a film actor remembered for playing many Nazis in thriller films of the 1940s. ... The current United Artists logo (a variant was used during the 1980s). ... August 14 is the 226th day of the year in the Gregorian Calendar (227th in leap years), with 139 days remaining. ... See also: 1973 in film 1974 1975 in film 1970s in film years in film film // Events February 7 - Blazing Saddles is released in USA May 1 - George Lucas creates the first draft of what would eventually become Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope. ... See also: 1973 in film 1974 1975 in film 1970s in film years in film film // Events February 7 - Blazing Saddles is released in USA May 1 - George Lucas creates the first draft of what would eventually become Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope. ... Sam Peckinpah David Samuel Peckinpah (February 21, 1925 - December 28, 1984) was an American film director, known as Sam Peckinpah. ...


Originally based on an idea brought to Peckinpah during the making of The Wild Bunch, Bring Me the Head of Alfredo Garcia was shot on a very low budget in Mexico following the failure of Peckinpah's 1973 Western Pat Garrett and Billy the Kid. It is widely considered the director's darkest and most personal film. Peckinpah himself claimed that it was the only film he ever made which was released exactly as he had intended it. Warren Oates, an actor who had frequently worked with Peckinpah, stars as Bennie, an American piano player living the low life in a Mexican brothel. Bennie stakes everything on a bounty set by a Mexican cacique on the head of Alfredo Garcia, the man who impregnated his daughter. Pat Garrett and Billy the Kid is a 1973 film directed by Sam Peckinpah and starring James Coburn and Kris Kristofferson. ... Warren Oates (July 5, 1928 - April 3, 1982) was an American character actor. ... Cacique may be in reference to: Cacique is one the finest brands of rum produced in Venezuela. ...


The film was universally panned when it was released in 1974 by critics who claimed that Peckinpah had gone over the edge into cinematic sadism and dementia (one exception to this was Roger Ebert [1]). The film was a complete box office failure upon its release, but in the intervening years it has acquired cult status. It is regarded by some as Peckinpah's most uncompromising and courageous film, and the performances by Oates, Isela Vega, and Kris Kristofferson are also often singled out as elevating the film above its genre origins. The film's dark humor and satirical take on the 1970s clichés of the road movie and the buddy movie (Oates spends much of the film driving around Mexico talking to a severed head) have led some to see the film as an early anticipation of the surreal, violence-ridden black humor of directors like David Lynch and Quentin Tarantino. Roger Ebert (right) with Russ Meyer, 1970 Roger Joseph Ebert (born June 18, 1942) is a film critic who writes for the Chicago Sun-Times. ... Kris Kristofferson (born June 22, 1936) is an influential country music songwriter, singer and actor. ...


It was widely known during and after production that Warren Oates' performance as Bennie was an imitation of Peckinpah himself. Oates went so far as to don the director's own clothes and sunglasses to play the part. Co-writer Gordon Dawson has also admitted that he based Bennie's character largely on Peckinpah.


The film is the subject of a running joke on the BBC 4 radio programme I'm Sorry I Haven't A Clue, and a pun on its name will invariably appear during a themed film club round. BBC Four is a BBC television channel available to digital TV (Freeview, satellite and UK. Contents // Categories: Stub | BBC television channels | British TV channels ... Cover for, Im Sorry I Havent a Clue Collection 1 (Volumes 1-3). From left-to-right, Graeme Garden, Barry Cryer, Humphrey Lyttelton, Tim Brooke-Taylor and Willie Rushton. ... Cover for, Im Sorry I Havent a Clue Collection 1 (Volumes 1-3). From left-to-right, Graeme Garden, Barry Cryer, Humphrey Lyttelton, Tim Brooke-Taylor and Willie Rushton. ...

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Plot

The film is set in motion by Mexican cacique El Jefe (played by frequent Peckinpah actor Emilio Fernandez) who offers one million dollars for the head of gigolo Alfredo Garcia, who has impregnated his daughter. El Jefe's bounty sets off a storm of bounty hunters, assassins, and assorted low-lifes, who scour Mexico for the missing ladies' man. El Indio Fernández (born Emilio Fernández Romo March 26, 1904 Mineral del Hondo, Coahuila – August 6, 1986) was a Mexican actor, screenwriter and director of the Cinema of Mexico. ...


Bennie (Warren Oates) gets wind of the bounty, and convinces his girlfriend Elita (played by Mexican movie star Isela Vega) a former lover of Garcia, to take him to Garcia's village, where he has been buried after dying in a car accident.


Bennie and Elita drive to Garcia's village, followed by several bounty hunters. On the way they are waylaid by two thugs, who plan to rape Elita; Bennie manages to kill both of them. When Bennie digs up Garcia's corpse, the bounty hunters ambush the couple, killing Elita and leaving Bennie for dead.


Driven half-mad by what has occurred, Bennie chases down the bounty hunters, kills them, and takes Garcia's head for himself. As he travels across Mexico with the head in a duffel bag, he begins to develop a psychotic relationship with it, constantly talking to it and nicknaming it "Al". Leaving a trail of corpses behind him, Bennie finally confronts El Jefe, who tries to pay him off. Overcome by grief, remorse and rage, Bennie goes on a violent rampage, killing El Jefe and his bodyguards. Attempting to flee El Jefe's compound, Bennie is gunned down by El Jefe's men in a hail of machine-gun bullets.


The film ends on a freeze frame close up of the barrel of a machine gun, over which Peckinpah's directorial credit appears.


Cast

Warren Oates (July 5, 1928 - April 3, 1982) was an American character actor. ... Robert Webber (October 14, 1924 - May 19, 1989) was an actor who starred as Juror #12 in the 1957 hit movie 12 Angry Men. ... Actor Gig Young in City That Never Sleeps Gig Young (November 4, 1913 – October 19, 1978) was an American film actor. ... Helmut Dantine in Casablanca (1942) Helmut Dantine (October 7, 1917 - May 2, 1982) was a film actor remembered for playing many Nazis in thriller films of the 1940s. ... El Indio Fernández (born Emilio Fernández Romo March 26, 1904 Mineral del Hondo, Coahuila – August 6, 1986) was a Mexican actor, screenwriter and director of the Cinema of Mexico. ... Kris Kristofferson (born June 22, 1936) is an influential country music songwriter, singer and actor. ...

Reception

Bring Me the Head of Alfredo Garcia was savaged upon release by critics and ignored by audiences. Most viewers found the film's bleak worldview and constant violence difficult to take, and Bennie's elevating psychosis throughout the film, expressed through his macabre relationship with the severed head of the title, led many critics to see the film as proof of Peckinpah's declining mental state. One critic went so far as to declare that the film was so bad that it was now necessary to reevaluate Peckinpah's entire career in light of it.


Peckinpah himself was deeply proud of the film. Never apologizing for it, he often cited it as his purest and most personal work, and the only one of his films which was completed without any compromises to studio or audience, precisely as he had intended it.


After Peckinpah's death, the film began to be reevaluted by critics and audiences. Many critics came to praise the film's uncompromising vision and the film has begun to be seen as the consummation of the themes present in all of Peckinpah's films – the conflict between honor and the necessity of survival in a dishonorable world, the dangers of vengeance and greed, the nature of human violence, and the self-destructive tendencies of modern masculinity. Some have gone so far as to compare it to the films of John Huston such as The Treasure of the Sierra Madre, which Peckinpah had cited as an inspiration. (The bounty hunter played by Gig Young actually gives his name as "Fred C. Dobbs" at one point – the name of Bogart's character in the Huston film.) Statue of John Huston, Puerto Vallarta, Mexico John Marcellus Huston (August 5, 1906 – August 28, 1987) was an American film director and actor. ... The Treasure of the Sierra Madre is a black-and-white 1948 John Huston film in which two American down-and-outers (Humphrey Bogart and Tim Holt) in 1920s Mexico hook up with an old-timer (Walter Huston, the directors father) to prospect for gold. ...


The film remains a cult favorite, and has never found a wide audience. It tends to polarize critics and viewers, some claiming that it is the beginning of Peckinpah's descent into mediocrity and self-parody, while others declare it to be Peckinpah's last true masterpiece (though some would reserve that accolade for Cross of Iron). Ebert has included the film in his "Great Movies" list, alongside Peckinpah's The Wild Bunch. Cross of Iron is a 1977 film directed by Sam Peckinpah and starring James Coburn, James Mason, Maximilian Schell, and David Warner. ... The Wild Bunch is a 1969 western film in which an aging group of outlaws hope to have one more score while the West is turning into a modern society. ...


External links

The Internet Movie Database (IMDb) is an online database of information about actors, films, television shows, television stars, video games and production crew personnel. ...

Films influenced by Bring Me the Head of Alfredo Garcia

  • 8 Heads in a Duffel Bag (1997)
  • Bring Me the Head of Mavis Davis (1997)
  • The Three Burials of Melquiades Estrada (2005)
  • Hostel (2005)

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