Movies From the Hat III – Bring Me The Head of Alfredo Garcia (1974)

This is my 1,974th movie review

Thanks to Dan for recommending this film to me!

Bring Me Head Alfredo Garcia“Listen. The church cuts off the feet, fingers, any other goddamn thing from the saints, don’t they? Well, what the hell? Alfredo’s our saint. He’s the saint of our money, and I’m gonna borrow a piece of him. ” – Bennie

Number of Times Seen – 1 (1 Feb 2016)

Brief Synopsis – A bartender and his girlfriend go on a journey to find the dead body of a man with a bounty on his head in order to collect the reward.

My Take on it – This is a film that I had never even heard of before Dan recommended it to me.

I have seen a few of Sam Peckinpaw’s films and enjoyed them so I hoped that this would follow suit.

The premise itself is quite interesting but there were too many very slow scenes and I kept having this nagging feeling that something was missing that would have raised the experience to a higher level.

As with all Peckinpaw movies, this one was quite violent and gratuitously so in some places where toning it down a bit might have sufficed.

The cast is great with Warren Oates doing a very good job as the lead. Numerous cameos from famous actors work well.

Bottom Line – Interesting premise with a stellar cast but ultimately it feels missing something that would have made it even better. Very violent as expected from Peckinpaw but sometimes feels more gratuitous than necessary.

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – Roger Ebert was one of the few critics to praise the film. He won the Pulitzer Prize for Criticism the following year. (From IMDB)

Rating – BAFTA Worthy


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6 thoughts on “Movies From the Hat III – Bring Me The Head of Alfredo Garcia (1974)

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  2. Good review. I was curious what you’d think of this one. Peckinpah isn’t for everyone, but he certainly is a bold filmmaker. That said, this wasn’t his best film. I like his style, in some ways like a Tarantino. 1974 was a great year for film. It was fun to track down one you hadn’t seen for the Hat. Looking forward to the next Movie from the Hat.

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