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Super Reviewer
½ June 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.
Super Reviewer
June 7, 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.
½ May 2, 2014
In spite of its shamelessly exploitative subject matter and severe lack of refinement, "Bring Me the Head of Alfredo Garcia" is a sweltering, booze-soaked fever dream of gruesome violence and frantic melodrama, that's both authentically shocking and incredibly entertaining.
½ April 10, 2014
Dark, violent masterpiece with hints of macabre and black humor. This is how I can best describe "Bring Me the Head of Alfredo Garcia". It's the story of a drunken lounge piano player who agrees to be hired as a bounty hunter to retrieve and deliver the head of Alfredo Garcia, a playboy who impregnated the daugther of a wealthy and powerful Mexican. The film features a unique cinematography of the beautiful sun-baked country of Mexico. The action sequences are perfectly photographed, as one could expect from a director like Peckinpah. If you can get your hands on this one don't think twice, you will certainly enjoy it. All in all this film is a memorable classic that should not be missed especially by Peckinpah fans. Highly Recommended.
½ February 12, 2014
Sam Peckinpah's masterpiece and most personal movie reflects a unique touch and style of cinema. Warren Oates acting is pitch perfect in all parts and the scenes of him and his girlfriend under the tree is one of the most touching scenes in 1970's movies. The action is so well directed and brutally perfect. The use of slow motion is also a great stylistic touch.
January 18, 2014
Heard about for years, finally watched it, and thoroughly enjoyed. It's hard not to enjoy a film where gunfights occur in slow motion...especially when directed by Sam Peckinpah.
Super Reviewer
January 3, 2014
Sam Peckinpah's next to last real masterpiece was also the film that nearly destroy his career as one of Hollywood's most maverick filmmakers both personally and professionally. "Bring Me The Head of Alfredo Garcia" was a major flop upon its original release on August 14, 1974. "Alfredo Garcia" was made while the "Straw Dogs" and "The Wild Bunch" director was debilitated by excessive drug usuge and alcoholism. The film's central frank and controversial subject matter of its strong graphic scenes of explicit violence throughout not to mention strong language and brief nudity were perceived as misogyny,but to this day has a strong cult following in one of the risque' films ever made despite given its black comedy and existential storyline that has been duplicated numerous times in many movies. In the most astounding best performance of his career,the great character Warren Oates(who also starred in Peckinpah's "The Wild Bunch",but his resume follows a long list of classics including "In The Heat Of The Night" as one of the most diverse actors of his generation)as an alcoholic piano player who takes his prostitute girlfriend on a road trip through the seedy and dangerous Mexican underworld to collect a huge payday only to be have the titular noggin of the notorious drug lord calling for his reward. Oates and his girlfriend are on the run from the two notorious hencemen(Robert Webber and Gig Young)out to get them not to mention coming to a violent cilmax with the drug lord and the million dollar bounty. Oates literally takes advantage with the head of the dismembered body(in a brown sack) as he seeks vengeance for what he has lost in the quest. It's one of the purest distillations of Peckinpah's nihilistic vision,along with a rare supporting turn from Mexican-American actress Isela Vega as Oates' victimized girlfriend of a prostitute. It may not be out of the best films of 1974,but with some of its action scenes and violent content,it's worth taking a second look.
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.
July 14, 2013
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.
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