BRING ME THE HEAD OF ALFREDO GARCIA (traiganme la cabeza de alfredo garcia) (1974 U.S. MEXICO) D/W: SAM PECKINPAH W: GORDON T. DAWSON/FRANK KOWALSKI P: MARTIN BALSAM
Warren Oates is excellent as a washed-up cabaret pianist in Mexico who's asked to assassinate a friend (whom he knows is already dead) for a small fortune. He digs up the body, decapitates it and drives the head in a sack cross-country as others try and kill him. Isela Vega is a hooker along for the ride. Critically despised and mostly neglected gem is now gaining notoriety as one of Peckinpah's finest, most satirical, most personal (and violent) movies. It ends with a gun pointing at the audience just like in 1903's THE GREAT TRAIN ROBBERY, suggesting maybe that the western had come full-circle. With Robert Webber, Gig Young (as a character named after Bogart`s in TREASURE OF THE SIERRA MADRE), Kris Kristofferson, Emilio Fernandez (from THE WILD BUNCH) , BRAINIAC director Chano Ureta as a bartender, Jorge Russek and Enrique Lucero. In the mid-90's, The Flaming Stars recorded an LP called Bring Me The Rest Of Alfredo Garcia.

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