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.
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This movie ranks #21 in 500 Essential Cult Movies
This movie ranks #136 in TimeOut'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 #141 in Roger Ebert: the great movies
This movie ranks #552 in They Shoot Pictures, Don't They?
This movie ranks #578 in 1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die
This movie ranks #652 in Jonathan Rosenbaum's Essential Films
This movie ranks #767 in Have You Seen? A Personal Introduction to 1,000 Films