Bring Me the Head of Alfredo Garcia

1974

Bring Me the Head of Alfredo Garcia

Critics Consensus

Bring Me the Head of Alfredo Garcia adds a quirky -- but still thoroughly entertaining -- outlier to Sam Peckinpah's pulpy filmography.

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Total Count: 27

86%

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User Ratings: 8,365
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Movie Info

An American bartender and his prostitute girlfriend go on a road trip through the Mexican underworld to collect a $1 million bounty on the head of a dead gigolo.

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Critic Reviews for Bring Me the Head of Alfredo Garcia

All Critics (27) | Top Critics (3)

Audience Reviews for Bring Me the Head of Alfredo Garcia

  • Apr 29, 2016
    An uncomprimising vision of life's brutality, and Sam's deepest and most rewarding exploration of what it means to be a man. Sadly not that well known. The purest expression of Sam's recurring thematic meditations on masculinity, and it's got Warren Oates!!!!!! A very rare and special cinematic treat.
    Super Reviewer
  • Jun 19, 2014
    This is my second Peckinpah film, after viewing the masterpiece in Straw Dogs. Bring me the head of Alfredo Garcia is far more underwhelming in its repetitive nature and lack of focus. The violence this film does a lot less for me than that of Straw Dogs, due to its one man kills six in seconds nature. And due to the never ending circle the story gets dull, and the film loses me early. Bring me the Head of Alfredo Garcia still has some technical accomplishments. Most notably the amazing cinematography. The use of mirrors is fantastic, and overall shot by shot this looks great. The cinematography actually highly makes up for the monotonous circular pacing, since it still makes the film interesting to view.
    Daniel D Super Reviewer
  • Jun 07, 2014
    Sam Peckinpah's films have always been an intense experience to watch. His style was unmatched by any other filmmaker. The main reason here is the fact that his films have striking images that stick with you. His style has been lauded and dismissed, but you simply cannot deny the power his films have. Bring Me the Head of Alfredo Garcia is a brilliant, well acted picture that like his previous outings uses a simple idea with stunning performances and unforgettable imagery to really tell a very good story. The result is an impressive Action thriller that moves at a fast pace, and is highly engaging from start to finish. Although not his greatest film, this is still a well crafted film from Sam Peckinpah and it's definitely worth seeing if you enjoy his work. With a great cast at his disposal, he was able to craft a film that has stood out among his filmography, but like I said, it's not his best either. His finest works are Straw Dogs, The Wild Bunch and The Getaway. However, this is still a picture well worth your time, and there's plenty to enjoy in the film. With effective action scenes mixed with the performances, the film is a taut, thrilling, memorable picture that will surely please fans of Peckinpah's work. The film has a few points that could have been improved upon, but overall, it's a well executed picture that is a top notch action film that will surely please genre fans. Not Peckinpah's finest picture, but very good nonetheless. This is an accomplished picture that boasts some fine direction, a good story and effective performances to really make this a unique film experience. Despite its shortcomings, Bring Me the Head of Alfred Garcia is Thrilling cinema.
    Alex r Super Reviewer
  • Jan 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.
    John B Super Reviewer

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