Bring Me the Head of Alfredo Garcia Reviews
"Alfredo Garcia" surprised me, though -- I hadn't read much about it, and assumed it was an old-time Western. Instead, it is not only set in the present but isn't even a Western. I suspect Peckinpah anticipated this confusion, because there's a jarring early moment where modern automobiles thunder into the frame after an ambiguous opening scene fails to reveal the setting.
[font=Century Gothic]Directed by Sam Peckinpah, "Bring Me the Head of Alfredo Garcia" is a surprisingly restrained movie that defies expectations by being a character study of a man who does not recognize what is truly valuable in life.(Most of the men in the movie do not either but I think perhaps the late, great Alfredo Garcia did.) Throughout the movie, violence lurks in the background until it suddently comes to the fore but it is never the solution the characters think it will be. And Warren Oates gives a staggering performance.[/font]