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Movie : Bring Me The Head Of Alfredo Garcia

A Mexican crime boss offers a million dollars for the head of Alfredo Garcia. the man who impregnated his teenage daughter. Two hitmen hired to find Garcia go into a cantina in Mexico City and question the patrons about Alfredo. Bennie an American lounge singer in the bar knows Alfredo but doesn’t cop to the hitmen. Later on Bennie finds out from his girlfriend that Alfredo is dead. Bennie sees a an opportunity to make a few $$$. Go get Al’s head, “He isn’t using it anymore”. Thing is, Bennie isn’t the only one after the head of Alfredo Garcia. It’s a race to get the head and stay alive.

You want a low rent, road movie Sam Peckinpah style this is for you. I saw this back when and it was right up my alley. This was before CB knew what a cult movie was. Since that time that “cult” tag is hung on the film. It’s rough, unpolished, dirty, dusty, violent, funny. And I liked it. Off the wall and certainly not a mainstream Hollywood movie. Sam couldn’t do it any other way.

First thing Sam did was to hire Warren Oates as the lead. About as far away from a leading man, box office draw as he could get. I love Warren and he brings his rumpled natural self to the role of Bennie, a low rent piano playing singer down on his luck (with a huge pair of shades). Getting Al’s head is Bennie’s ticket out of shitsville and into the bigtime. Bennie justifies getting the head saying to his girlfriend “Al wanted you do be happy didnt he?”

This is the kind of film I really like. Appeals to my film tastes. Sleezy off the wall crime flick with lots of humor. Low rent lead character. So many good scenes. Oates singing ‘Guantanamera’ is a keeper. Talking to the head as he’s driving. Trying to be inconspicuous with a head in a bag with every fly in Mexico buzzing around it. I rewatch this stuff just to remind me of the stuff that shaped my likes. Good simple story, get Alfredo’s head.

Take a ride through Mexico with Sam, Warren and a bag with a head in it (Along with a couple flies), The film gets bumpy but I didn’t mind. The only thing that gets dirtier that Bennie’s piece of shit car is Bennie’s white leisure suit. I’m just glad they weren’t after Cincinnati’s head.

‘You two are definitely on my shit list”

54 comments on “Movie : Bring Me The Head Of Alfredo Garcia

  1. 1537
    July 18, 2021

    Nice one CB. I’ve always wanted to see this just for the amazing title.

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    • cincinnatibabyhead
      July 18, 2021

      I think Sam went as far into Mexico as he could to film this so the producers couldnt see what he was doing with their money. I loved it.

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  2. Jim S.
    July 18, 2021

    I’ve heard of this and randomly like to quote the title. So if I’m downstairs, the better half might yell, Can you bring me? and I’ll say The Head of Alfredo Garcia? And yet I’ve never seen it. CB approved? On the list.

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    • cincinnatibabyhead
      July 18, 2021

      Its one of those 70s films we like. Rough as hell but that was Sam. Good one on the call and response with the better half.

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      • Jim S.
        July 18, 2021

        I got one for ya. We watched ‘Argo’ last night, the Affleck-directed movie about getting hostages out of Iran. Saw it in the theater but couldn’t recall it. Taut and exciting all the way through to a rip-roaring climax. Your humble little country is involved but frankly, kinda gets short shrift. Went looking for it on your site but no go.

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      • cincinnatibabyhead
        July 18, 2021

        I have heard and will search it out. Thanks. I like that style. I need to watch more current films once in a while (I do). I havent seen a lot of Ben films. I remember being curious about this one. I remember when that incident took place.
        Since I went all political with ‘Man For All Seasons’ I’ll do it again with ‘Ghost Writer’. I think Doc would approve. Polanski with heavy Hitchcock vibe.

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      • Jim S.
        July 18, 2021

        Gotcha on ‘Writer.’ Saw it at the theater with a couple of chums. Kim Cattrall as I recall. Forgot about it. Good flick.

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      • cincinnatibabyhead
        July 18, 2021

        Yeah. I also forgot about it and rewatched . Really good film.

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  3. Francisco Bravo Cabrera
    July 18, 2021

    Good choice CB, always liked the tltle of the film but never saw it, now perhaps I’ll look for it, cheers mate!

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  4. Sarca
    July 18, 2021

    Yas! Mars will read this and tfack it down!

    Off topic, i was shopping at my local thrift and found A Passage to India on blu-ray for cheap. Picked it up on your recommendation! Laterz ✌

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    • cincinnatibabyhead
      July 18, 2021

      It’s rough ride and real 70s but Im a big fan of Peckinpah.
      Good score on ‘Passage’ Beautiful film (Another favorite director). Jody Davis and Peggy Ashcroft are so good. Cinematography top notch.

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  5. Yeah, Another Blogger
    July 18, 2021

    I bet that Andy Garcia is glad that the movie wasn’t titled Bring Me The Head Of Andy Garcia!

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  6. BuriedOnMars
    July 18, 2021

    Yeah, this has been on the watch list for a while. Warren Oates plus Peckinpah always means a good time!

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  7. deKE
    July 18, 2021

    Me and The Boss are watching Narcos and after when were finished I will stream this one. Looks great. Your review sold it Sir!

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    • cincinnatibabyhead
      July 18, 2021

      It’s rough around the edges deKE. Just the way I like it. Oates just gets dirtier and dirtier as he hauls Al’s head around.
      How is that Narcos? Like Breaking Bad?

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      • deKE
        July 18, 2021

        Narcos and Narcos Mexico the Netlix series are worth watching. So much so that we are watching it twice. Very well done CB.

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      • cincinnatibabyhead
        July 18, 2021

        Thanks deKE. The Gal and I will have to dig in. I dont watch much tube but your recommendation sounds good. This way I can take a trip and not leave the couch.

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      • deKE
        July 18, 2021

        lol

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  8. The Hinoeuma
    July 19, 2021

    I vaguely remember this film name. Are you, by chance, a Quentin Tarantino flick type?

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  9. hotfox63
    July 19, 2021

    The film hasn’t lost nothing of its fascination. There is this double moral in all phases in the formal as well as in the selection of characters: the idyll is closely rooted with the horror.

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    • cincinnatibabyhead
      July 19, 2021

      Good stuff Fox. Sam took his cast and crew as far away from the executives as he could and did it his way. Man I would have liked to been on that shoot.

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      • hotfox63
        July 20, 2021

        What Peckinpah did was basically a cinema of disillusion at least in his three films: “The Wild Bunch”, “Pat Garrett & Billy the Kid” and “Bring Me the Head of Alfredo Garcia”

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      • cincinnatibabyhead
        July 20, 2021

        Sam has a high batting average with me. Ive probably done more takes on his films than any other director. Kinda shows you where my heads at.

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  10. keepsmealive
    July 20, 2021

    Never heard of this one, what a concept.

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    • cincinnatibabyhead
      July 20, 2021

      Its rough, dirty, crude and I love it. Good thing it didnt come with “Smellavsion”. I think Oates gave Al’s head a shower.

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      • keepsmealive
        July 21, 2021

        Yikes! Also: awesome.

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      • cincinnatibabyhead
        July 21, 2021

        Books. You remember William Castle who did a bunch of gimmicky horror movies? He did all that stuff.

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      • keepsmealive
        July 21, 2021

        Vaguely. I’ll have to look it up. Of course, it’s late here and I’m tired so…

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  11. badfinger20 (Max)
    July 26, 2021

    First of all…the title is all I need to see. I know I’ve heard of this one…I mean how could I forget that title! Sleazy and unpolished…I like that…raw is what I like. I see this playing in our living room this week…

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  12. badfinger20 (Max)
    July 29, 2021

    I saw this last night and I loved it…you are batting a 1000. I like how it is slower paced and builds the story. Peckinpah used silence between dialog like no other if that makes sense. Oats was great and so was the character Elita. I think I’m in love…Isela Vega was wonderful.
    The ending was what I expected…I knew he couldn’t get that lucky.

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    • cincinnatibabyhead
      July 29, 2021

      Do you remember when I mentioned this movie when you did a ‘Zone’ episode with Gig Young well this was the one with him playing a hit man.
      Grainy cinematography. The father at the end was the same actor who played the General in the Wild Bunch. He did the same way in both. You knew Bennie was going to snap. Glad you liked this old “cult” gem. Eta was perfect. Sam loved Mexico and the people.

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      • badfinger20 (Max)
        July 29, 2021

        Yes I do… I like when directors use some of the same actors throughout their movies. Many times for a similar part… you feel like you know them already.

        I was blindsided by Kris being in this…I just forgot he was in it. I love the grainy film and the realism.
        “You take care of the boy and I’ll take care of the father”…. love that.

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      • cincinnatibabyhead
        July 29, 2021

        I didnt mention KK just so u would get the surprise. Sam used him a few times also. The other biker was a guy named Donnie Fritts buddy of John Prines. Musician also.
        Sam was such a good writer. Kept it real and language he knew.

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  13. leerobertadams
    August 25, 2021

    Thanks for the reminder… I need to check this one out again. I saw it when I was a kid and didn’t really get it. Time for a revisit!

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