Bring Me the Head of Alfredo Garcia (1974)
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Alfredo Garcia is an extremely dark picture which I would claim is a man's journey through Purgatory on a quest for quick redemption, a journey that damns him even more. The portrait of an empoverished Mexico is almost hallucinatory (especially the bright day-for-night scenes), at once beautiful and decrepit. Pictures of landscapes and various locations are pasted to every wall, an impossible escape. Warren Oates plays the doomed hero of this buddy movie in which the buddy in question is a disembodied head, and there's even a scene where Oates rises from the grave. It all ends in a shoot-out in God's house.
Excellent. Warren Oates is the very definiton of badass.
You take care of the boy. And I'll take care of the father.
A lowish-budget 70s Mexi-western that pushes the envelope in terms of gore and kitsch. Not my kind of movie, and yet I liked it. But why?
Sam Peckinpah had one true labor of love in his career, and Bring Me the Head of Alfredo Garcia was it. It might not be the kind of movie I would have made with a couple of million dollars and no studio interference, but it sure was a hell of a premise. The most admirable quality of the script is that it does not go where you think it’s going to go, nor does it end where you think it’s going to end. The shoot-em-ups and tough guy zingers may not be for me, but the setting, characters, and plot definitely were.
For a memorable journey, I’ll give Bring Me the Head… a 7.3/10.
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This movie ranks #6 in BFI's 100 Road Movies
This movie ranks #21 in Jennifer Eiss's 500 Essential Cult Movies
This movie ranks #136 in Time Out's 1000 Films to Change Your Life
This movie ranks #138 in The Guardian's 1000 Films to See Before You Die
This movie ranks #142 in Roger Ebert's Great Movies
This movie ranks #579 in 1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die
This movie ranks #652 in Jonathan Rosenbaum's Essential Cinema
This movie ranks #653 in TSPDT's 1,000 Greatest Films
This movie ranks #771 in David Thomson's Have You Seen?