Sam Peckinpah knew he couldn't call a movie Bring Me the Head of Alfredo Garcia and get away with it. That's why he did it. When he undertook this nakedly personal project, in self-exile in Mexico, the director was a deeply bitter man out of favour with critics, the media, and the Hollywood establishment, which had just released his Pat Garrett & Billy the Kid in a mutilated version. "Bring Me the Head..." sounded like the parody title of an ultraviolent Sam Peckinpah movie, and he flung it in our faces just as his onscreen surrogate tosses the titular object at the... camera. Thing is, the movie is a masterpiece--raw, shocking, beautiful, and brave--in which Peckinpah confronts his enemies and his own demons. Warren Oates plays a gringo piano-player stuck in Mexico who hears that some powerful men are willing to pay a bounty on a guy he knows. They don't know the guy is already dead, killed in a car accident. It'll be easy to exhume the trophy and collect the money--except that it will cost our seedy hero everything he has and ever wanted. John Huston's Treasure of the Sierra Madre had always been a key legend for Peckinpah; this film is a subterranean re-imagining of it, with Oates as both the son of Fred C. Dobbs and the carnival-mirror reflection of Peckinpah himself. And Isela Vega's performance as the sainted whore Elita--bruised and worldly one minute, radiant and clear-skinned as a child the next--is an act of grace. --Richard T. Jameson [show more]
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Gritty and violent cult classic from director Sam Peckinpah in which wealthy Mexican El Jefe (Emilio Fernandez) offers a $1 million reward to anyone who can bring him the head of the man who seduced his daughter. But with the culprit already dead and buried, bartender Bennie (Warren Oates) is charged with delivering the head by two of El Jefe's enforcers, and sets off to find the corpse. Teaming up with Garcia's ex-girlfriend Elita (Isela Vega) who knows where the body lies, Bennie foresees easy pickings ahead. Unfortunately, however, a rival group of bounty hunters are rapidly closing in on the graveyard, bristling with weapons, and intent on eradicating any problems that get in their way.
Please note this is a region B Blu-ray and will require a region B or region free Blu-ray player in order to play. NOBODY LOSES ALL THE TIMEBring Me the Head of Alfredo Garcia concluded a remarkable period for filmmaker Sam Peckinpah. It brought to an end a seven-year and seven-film run of masterpieces that included the taboo-breaking ultra-violence of The Wild Bunch and Straw Dogs, and the more elegiac tones of The Ballad of Cable Hogue and Junior Bonner. A love story that plays out in a brutal environment, Bring Me the Head of Alfredo Garcia sits somewhere between these moods and may just be Bloody Sam s greatest work, as well as his most autobiographical.Warren Oates plays Bennie, a piano player in a Mexican bar who gets himself involved in the manhunt for Alfredo Garcia, a man with a million-dollar price-tag on his head having impregnated the daughter of crime boss El Jefe (Emilio Fernández). Sensing an easy pay day, Bennie takes his girlfriend, Elita (Isela Vega) on a trip that ll prove fatalistic for many of those involved.During a career that was blighted by studio interference, Peckinpah would later say that Bring Me the Head of Alfredo Garcia was the only which ended up exactly as he wanted: I did it exactly the way I wanted to. Good or bad, like it or not, that was my film. And it was. This is as close to Pure Peckinpah as it gets beautiful, violent, troubling, heartbreaking, astonishing. Actors: Warren Oates, Isela Vega, Gig Young, Robert Webber, Helmut DantineDirectors: Sam PeckinpahFormat: PAL, Blu-rayLanguage: EnglishSubtitles For The Hearing Impaired: EnglishRegion: Region B/2 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.85:1Number of discs: 2