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Peckinpah, Sam

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Who is Sam Peckinpah and why is Pat Garret and Billy the Kid dedicated to him???
Date: Thu, 30 Mar 1995 07:17:51 GMT
From: "John R. Weikart" (jweikart@UTXSVS.CC.UTEXAS.EDU)
Subject: Re: Who is???

He is the director who made the film Pat Garrett and Billy the Kid. He also made The Wild Bunch, Straw Dogs, ... among others.
In 1956, Sam Peckinpah appeared in Invasion of the Body Snatchers as Charlie the meter reader!

Date: Fri, 31 Mar 1995 03:55:13 -0500
From: JfryBlair (jfryblair@AOL.COM)
Subject: Sam Peckinpah (was Re: Who is???) wrote:
--Honestly, IMHO it's not that great a movie.

Well, I can't say "nope," because at least you wrote IMO, but I must say in MINE it *is* a truly great film, in the Director's Cut version, Peckinpah's greatest western, the clearest expression perhaps of his view of the death of the west (and, indeed, the West).

Besides "Pat Garrett," my favorite Peckinpah films are:

"Bring me the Head of Alfredo Garcia," starring Warren Oates, the first film Sam made after "Pat," the title was rumored to be a slightly skewed reference to the name of the studio exec who had insisted on cutting that film to ribbons. Oates's finest performance, and probably Peckinpah's most heartfelt film.

"The Killer Elite," with James Caan and Robert Duvall, an exciting tale of mercenaries in San Francisco, real nice rapport between the two actors and some great supporting performances too.

"The Ballad of Cable Hogue," Jason Robards, David Warner, quite a sense of humor in this one! Recommended to those put off by the usual ultraviolent approach.

"Ride the High Country," with Randolph Scott, Joel McCrea and Mariette Hartley, this is Bob's favorite, he's been quoted as saying.

"Straw Dogs" starring Dustin Hoffman, not my favorite but it does have interesting elements, and Dustin is great of course.

"The Wild Bunch" by the way, is currently making the rounds theatrically in a restored, 25th anniversary print. I have heard some complaints about the quality of the new print but I'm sure it's a treat to see it on the big screen. As for the other titles, happy video hunting, Dylanauts!

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