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David Samuel "Sam" Peckinpah (February 21, 1925 – December 28, 1984) was an American film maker who directed 15 major motion pictures, and created the television series The Westerner, starring Brian Keith and John Dehner. His second film Ride the High Country, " [Starring aging Western stars Joel McCrea and Randolph Scott in their final major screen roles, the film initially went unnoticed in the United States but was an enormous success in Europe. Beating Federico Fellini's 8½ for first prize at the Belgium Film Festival, the film was hailed by foreign critics as a brilliant reworking of the Western genre.]

THE WILD BUNCH The Ballad of Cable Hogue

Straw Dogs to name just a few.

And for your viewing pleasure, the meat of the post; Bring Me the Head of Alfredo Garcia , 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12
posted by nola (25 comments total) 8 users marked this as a favorite

 
Watching Peckinpah in a tiny YouTube window = FAIL
posted by Horace Rumpole at 6:24 PM on November 23, 2008 [2 favorites]


"If they meh, shoot 'em."
posted by Alvy Ampersand at 6:27 PM on November 23, 2008 [2 favorites]


I love Peckinpah for many reasons, but most of all for getting one of the greatest cinematic moments ever out of Ernest Borgnine with just a smile.
posted by jonmc at 6:29 PM on November 23, 2008


No Convoy? FAIL.
posted by Artw at 6:39 PM on November 23, 2008


I warn you, don't watch The Osterman Weekend in search of Peckinpah greatness.
posted by infinitewindow at 6:44 PM on November 23, 2008 [2 favorites]


Pretty strong meat there from Sam Peckinpah (*sniff*)
posted by 5MeoCMP at 6:55 PM on November 23, 2008 [2 favorites]


Yeah, this is really not the best format in which to watch Peckinpah. Still, nice post, nola.
posted by kittens for breakfast at 6:56 PM on November 23, 2008


It starts with a bunch of ants nipping at a scorpions youtube heavy post, then small boys throw burning straw on top of the ants and the scorpion.

At the end everyone is shot to bits.
posted by Artw at 7:01 PM on November 23, 2008


The Ballad of Cable Hogue has perhaps the most hilarious and/or depressing death of a major character in popular film IMO.

And I was sure glad to see the more inside there, but yeah, see these as big as possible.
posted by stinkycheese at 7:02 PM on November 23, 2008


How does Ernest Borgnine get a tank at the end of Convoy anyhow?
posted by Artw at 7:03 PM on November 23, 2008


I found this biography of Peckinpah to be interesting and informative.

Though my previous misquote may imply otherwise.
posted by Alvy Ampersand at 7:05 PM on November 23, 2008


Coo, Alex Cox has a book about spaghetti westerns.

(Not really related but it cmae up when I was googling for his Moviedrime intro to The Wild Bunch.)
posted by Artw at 7:17 PM on November 23, 2008


This is quite possibly the best Peckinpah spoof ever.
posted by pxe2000 at 7:52 PM on November 23, 2008 [3 favorites]


Salad Days, 1971. Director Sam Peckinpah.
posted by kuujjuarapik at 8:24 PM on November 23, 2008


"Two tall men who suited their actions to the era in which they lived."
posted by stbalbach at 8:33 PM on November 23, 2008


I'd like to use some scissors on the last several minutes of "The Wild Bunch."
posted by wrapper at 9:27 PM on November 23, 2008


Tonight I just watched Junior Bonner, one of my Peckinpah faves!
posted by bonefish at 10:52 PM on November 23, 2008


I'd like to use some scissors on the last several minutes of "The Wild Bunch."

Tsk. Kids these days and their ADD. You lot deserve to watch Peckinpah in a highly inappropriate medium.
posted by Artw at 10:58 PM on November 23, 2008


How can a film that only got 7.6 at IMDB beat Fellini's 8½? The math seems wrong here.
posted by twoleftfeet at 2:01 AM on November 24, 2008


How can a film that only got 7.6 at IMDB beat Fellini's 8½? The math seems wrong here.

Dude, IMDB's 4th best rated movie of all time is The Dark Knight.

IMDB is not... well it's just not, okay?
posted by rokusan at 4:37 AM on November 24, 2008 [2 favorites]


Americans take note... Straw Dogs is an exact recreation of life in rural Britain.
posted by fearfulsymmetry at 4:55 AM on November 24, 2008 [3 favorites]


Dude, IMDB's 4th best rated movie of all time is The Dark Knight.

Oh, wow. Gosh. Is it just rose colored glasses.. or wasn't IMDB a bit more, uhmn, film-theory-nerdist 10 years ago?
posted by cavalier at 7:33 AM on November 24, 2008


About the only place you can find a higher concentration of morons on the interwebs than IMDB is -- maybe -- YouTube. These sites make AICN look like a MENSA convention, for real.
posted by kittens for breakfast at 8:44 AM on November 24, 2008 [1 favorite]


Watching Peckinpah in a tiny YouTube window = FAIL


Feel free to watch it on your Blu-Ray player or your iphone for all I care.
posted by nola at 10:31 AM on November 24, 2008


This post's YouTuberance can kiss my sister's black cat's ass.

BRING ME THE HEAD OF ALFREDO GARCIA is available on dvd and there is a great 35 mm print of the film that available for the rep circuit...
posted by cinemafiend at 9:32 AM on November 27, 2008


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