Bring Me the Head of Alfredo Garcia
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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
- Audio Commentary by Sam Peckinpah scholars Paul Seydor Garner Simmons and David Weddle, with moderator Nick Redman
- Original theatrical trailer
Top Customer Reviews
The actress who plays his girlfriend is perfect. She's attractive but in a beat up been-around-the-block-too-many-times way. She spends a lot of time nude or semi nude in this movie but it's not cheap. She's a semi retired prostitute afterall. She ought to be a throw away character but she isn't. She's Benny's heart and although he doesn't know it, she, not dead Alfredo Garcia, is his last chance.
Yes, this is an ugly film but it's incredible. Put the kids to bed early, buy the video and sit back to watch a movie that still shocks and dazzles.
One of the movie's boldest achievements is its shattering of the lingering glamour attached to the concept of the filmic "anti-hero". Humphrey Bogart's Sam Spade may be unsentimental about the death of his partner and thoughtlessly exploitative of his devoted secretary, but he's still an irresistably attractive figure. He's savvy and fearless... he's Humphrey Bogart, for God's sake! Bennie (a fearless, appalling performance by the under-appreciated Warren Oates) on the other hand is simply, as one of the really-bad guys insultingly brands him, "a loser" - a seedy piano player in a cheap suit cynically going through the motions for bored tourists and dead-eyed prostitutes in a dingy Mexican bar. [No wonder he wears his huge, pitch-black sunglasses even indoors. There's a lot he doesn't want to see.] He's pained by memories of better times. ["That was a classy place," he reminisces about one of his former gigs. "Classy people came in there."] When his girlfriend (played by the luscious Isela Vega) - a madonna/whore in the classic Peckinpah mold - gives him crabs, he tries to kill them by pouring booze into his boxer shorts. ["Change the sheets, darling," he grumbles.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Not Mr. Peckipah's best but still an entertaining film.
The acting is B-
The story believable
The directing good. Read more
This is truly a work of art. If you love gritty adventure and action in a relatively naturalistic style, you should enjoy this. Read morePublished 2 months ago by REBECCA ZAGORSKI
It's a weird but funny movie. The DVD was as advertised and came quicklyPublished 2 months ago by Stan Wolfe
The movie is worth the scenes between Oates and Garcia's head. This "relationship" is so unusual and so powerful that it makes up for a lot of other problems, including . . Read morePublished 12 months ago by librich
Wow didn't expect this kinda movie. Sam Peckinpah in all his blood, guts and no glory. One of a kind movie but then what else can we expect from the late great Sam Peckinpah....Published 18 months ago by R. Ramos
"One of the greatest movies ever made!" (Uncut) That's the sticker on the box. Not sure I agree with that, but when you look at the films: The Getaway (my all time... Read morePublished 18 months ago by david
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