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Bring Me the Head of Alfredo Garcia Reviews

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December 8, 2013
The plot is a bit silly, but the unconventional Peckinpah's direction and some cool character make it pleasant enough to watch.
November 10, 2013
Sendo provavelmente um dos filmes em que Peckinpah melhor demonstra como um dirty job pode também ser uma viagem pelo absurdo, "Bring me the head of Alfred Garcia" tem toda a glória pulp das melhores histórias de violência tipicamente americanas. Com um MacGuffin tão hilariante como é a cabeça cortada de um mexicano e um ator tão disposto a tudo chamado Warren Oates, Peckinpah joga com dois ases numa narrativa delicada e exigente em que a demência e a tensão estão em constante escalada. E há que notar também que a mercadoria e trajecto deste protagonista não serão assim tão diferentes dos que levam Jules Winnfield e Vincent Veja em missão no "Pulp Fiction". Não é um Peckinpah de topo, mas é tão interessante com todos os outros e mete Warren Oates ao volante de um carro, o que por si só são 2 estrelinhas garantidas.
November 10, 2013
By virtue of its title, I went "SOLD!" but then it's also directed by Sam Peckinpah so it's DOUBLE-sold. This is about a rich Mexican crime lord who orders his network to bring the head of the man who knocked up his young daughter and Warren Oates, an American expat, is caught up on it. This one isn't QUITE as lurid or exploitive as the title suggests. Well, it is sort of. There are lots of nudity and violence but Peckinpah actually takes his time to build character and story so when it comes, it was quite satisfying. It mixes absurd dark humor, romance and violence very well. It's pretty darn awesome.
October 9, 2013
"Fermented in a tragic romanticism placed firmly in a no-man's land between liberation and capitalism" In other words, too long. "A profound existential adventure, twistedly comic and openly bitter, brought to life by those two maniacs: Peckinpah and Oates." "The movie is some kind of bizarre masterpiece. It's probably not a movie that most people would like, but violence, sometimes becomes a psychic ballet." Nice cameo by Kristofferson. "For something so bleak, so purposely revolting and unsentimental, there are reservoirs of profound poetry in Alfredo Garcia, the only film that Peckinpah ever considered completely his own."
½ October 4, 2013
A great blood-soaked Western/Noir from Sam Peckinpah. Has a bizarre majesty to it.
September 29, 2013
Another 70's nihilistic movie with a downer ending and a existential tone. The first half is boring, but then it picks up.
July 30, 2013
A wonderful time piece that depicts 1970's Mexico City and its surroundings. You don't really start feeling or caring for the characters until movie is halfway through, then it hits really hard.
May 9, 2012
A portrait of noble self-destruction, displayed with all the depravity, seediness and violence that can entail. In other words, director Sam Peckinpah's life story, pretty much. If 'The Wild Bunch' is about the death of the kind of bold, honorable men the Old West was romanticized for, 'Alfredo Garcia' is about the death of the soul under the yoke of commercialism.
July 14, 2013
Choreographic violence, pessimism, suffocating atmosphere; a living hell. This is the most authentic imprint of Sam Pechinpah's bleak universe.
July 10, 2013
Weirdly cheesy and melodramatic, but oh so good.
½ June 24, 2013
A Mexican big shot, probably a mafia don or someone like that, is upset because his young daughter is pregnant. He puts a one million dollar bounty on the father's head, literally on the head. He wants the head of Alfredo Garcia as proof the man is dead. And so a bunch of lowlifes go in search of the dead beat dad. The movie follows a scummy bartender and his prostitute girlfriend as they go in search of the head.

The movie is slow in parts. The action starts about 70 minutes in. Its a pretty violent movie. For 1974 it might have been good, but by today's standards it didnt seem like anything special to me. There is grave robbing, shoot outs, female nudity, and a scene where a guy picks pubic lice off his crotch and crushes them between his thumbnails. There is an loud crunching sound every time he crushes one.


It turns out this Alfredo guy died in a car accident around the time the bounty was put on his head. Bartender Bennie leads some thugs to believe Alfredo is alive an he will kill him for $10,000. He kind of loses it after his girlfriend is killed. The end is a little surprising.
May 28, 2013
Possibly the second or third Peckinpah film I've managed to squeeze in over the years, despite the man's obvious reputation as a great filmmaker. This was no exception, and really draws you into the sleazy, sweaty down and dirty reality of Warren Oates' world as he goes in search of one Alfredo Garcia South of the border.

May 13, 2013
"There's nothing sacred about a hole in the ground or the man that's in it." After expressing his gloomy displeasure with the disappearance of The American West, Sam Peckinpah's follow-up film documented an all-out descent into hell that mirrored his own self-destruction. Warren Oates is Bennie, an ex patriot bartender who attempts to rise above his station by collecting a million dollar bounty on the severed head of a gangland lothario. A real hero's quest...if you replace Gilgamesh with a bottom feeding drunk and the will of the gods with blind luck and a sure shot. Tagging along for his damnation is his prostitute girlfriend, Isela Vega; their relationship seems to start the film as one of mutual convenience but through horrific circumstances they fool themselves into love but down south such fantasies will not last. The final third of the film is not just melancholic like Pat Garrett, but downright depressing. Warren Oates is said to be mimicking the look and mannerisms of his director, and considering Peckinpah's eventual collapse into self pity, Bring Me The Head of Alfredo Garcia is one of cinema's hardest watches. That being said, it's also a brilliant bit of dread; a mean, hateful, ugly, angry film. A real sick puppy that wallows in its filth. Peckinpah would make other films, but this is his final statement. VF.
May 1, 2013
Dark masterpiece from Sam Peckinpah, one of his best along with The Getaway.
½ March 19, 2013
Bring Me the Head of Alfredo Garcia is highly unorthodox and compelling.
February 24, 2013
This was referenced once in an episode of Gilmore Girls. I want to see it based on that alone.
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January 31, 2013
Not to my liking. I found it dull. 'twas a terrible introduction to Peckinpah as far as I'm concerned. I'll give him another chance though.
August 16, 2012
Peckinpah stole the french new wave "cool" for America with this Action Adventure flick.
January 1, 2013
Warren Oates is one of my favorites. Another one of a kind film experience.
December 30, 2012
Probably Peckinpah's best, and a personal all time favorite. Its a harsh, and violent film about the lives of desperate people in a fucking hard world. Forget about not pulling punches, this movie just brutalizes from start to finish. A powerfully raw film, that's got no time for anyone's bullshit. Its also hauntingly savage and at times overwhelmingly beautiful. This is it. One of the all time TRUE classics of cinema. Warren Oates' best work. It also has this alcoholic surrealism to it, which you'll identify with if you've ever been at the wrong end of a bottle, for a sufficient period of time. Simply no compromises here, the purest dirty film you will EVER see.
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