Sam Peckinpah - The Poll

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Curious to know what people's favorite Sam Peckinpah films/TV series are. Discuss away. (Side note: boy, did this dude's career ever disintegrate.)

Poll Results

The Wild Bunch (1969) 4
Straw Dogs (1971) 3
Convoy (1978) 2
Cross of Iron (1977) 2
Bring Me the Head of Alfredo Garcia (1974) 2
The Ballad of Cable Hogue (1970) 1
Major Dundee (1965) 1
Ride the High Country (1962) 1
The Killer Elite (1975) 1
Junior Bonner (1972) 1
Pat Garrett and Billy the Kid (1973) 0
The Getaway (1972) 0
The Rifleman (TV series, 1958–63) 0
Noon Wine (TV film, 1966) 0
The Deadly Companions (1961) 0
Klondike (TV series, 1960) 0
The Westerner (TV series, 1960) 0
The Osterman Weekend (1983) 0

by another name (amateurist), Monday, 2 May 2011 08:06 (nine years ago) link

Ride the High Country (1962)
Bring Me the Head of Alfredo Garcia (1974)

can't decide

groovemaaan, Monday, 2 May 2011 08:21 (nine years ago) link

Major Dundee or Cross of Iron cos I fear they might get under-appreciated.

bell hops (Noodle Vague), Monday, 2 May 2011 08:32 (nine years ago) link

wait--how did this end up on ILF? i thought i posted this to ILE. oh well. any way to move it over there?

by another name (amateurist), Monday, 2 May 2011 08:39 (nine years ago) link

i dont know how it escaped me that he directed The Getaway... that seems weird to me

cum dude (Princess TamTam), Monday, 2 May 2011 08:56 (nine years ago) link

High on the list of acknowledged masters who aren't for me. Pat Garrett for the music, Alfredo Griffin for camp, Straw Dogs for a partially nude Susan George and lots of cool looking math scrawled all over a blackboard. So Straw Dogs.

clemenza, Monday, 2 May 2011 23:11 (nine years ago) link

Between The Wild Bunch and Ride The High Country (the original Brokeback Mountain gay cowboys), but I love much of The Ballad of Cable Hogue and enough of Pat Garrett.

ginny thomas and tonic (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Monday, 2 May 2011 23:16 (nine years ago) link

man I am curious to hear what Morbs thinks. I used to love Peck but Cable Hogue really stunk up the joint for me - I loved Straw Dogs like every death rock kid on the planet, Wild Bunch is brilliant of course but the Killer Elite -- like, I don't remember anything about it but I sure do remember thinking "this kicks ass"

whoa -- how did Cable Hogue do that?! At worst it's rambling, but still so damn amiable -- it's like Peckinpah doing Altman.

ginny thomas and tonic (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Tuesday, 3 May 2011 00:18 (nine years ago) link

I have this book which has great essays on each of his films. In regards to The Killer Elite the writer makes an argument that it is really a film about filmaking ala Day for Night or The Player, with the crucial difference that instead of setting a terrible film inside a story about working on the lot/set, Peckinpah & co. just made a feature-length version of "the bad film within the film".

Handjobs for a sport (C. Grisso/McCain), Tuesday, 3 May 2011 04:58 (nine years ago) link

Alfred I want you to know that my love for you is such that I subjected myself to watching this garbage for the first time since 1986 for you


ok tbh I only made it four of the six minutes it's just so terrible

gotta be the wild bunch, pat garrett is up there too (rudy wurtlitzer, wotta writer)

Ward Fowler, Tuesday, 3 May 2011 11:16 (nine years ago) link

Straw Dogs

scissorlocks and the three bears (Eric H.), Tuesday, 3 May 2011 11:26 (nine years ago) link


Michael B, Tuesday, 3 May 2011 14:56 (nine years ago) link

Ride the High Country

your generation appalls me (Dr Morbius), Tuesday, 3 May 2011 15:14 (nine years ago) link

Automatic thread bump. This poll is closing tomorrow.

System, Saturday, 7 May 2011 23:01 (nine years ago) link

Automatic thread bump. This poll's results are now in.

System, Sunday, 8 May 2011 23:01 (nine years ago) link

one year passes...

Cross of Iron worth watching?

the little prince of inane false binary hype (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Friday, 26 April 2013 17:07 (seven years ago) link

cross of iron is a weird movie. Definitely pretty harsh and has a particularly surreal carnivalesque absurdity of war ending.

christmas candy bar (al leong), Friday, 26 April 2013 17:11 (seven years ago) link

coburn is good, as is schell. I don't remember much of the plot but its anything but generic. Strange movie.

christmas candy bar (al leong), Friday, 26 April 2013 17:13 (seven years ago) link

three years pass...

Noon Wine appears in The Killer Elite Blu-Ray.

The burrito of ennui (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Saturday, 28 May 2016 12:24 (four years ago) link

two months pass...

I am watching The Killer Elite right now.

mark s, Tuesday, 16 August 2016 19:46 (three years ago) link

Did not like Straw Dogs. Sort of like Death Wish in the countryside but with artistic pretensions.

socka flocka-jones (man alive), Tuesday, 16 August 2016 19:53 (three years ago) link

tKE is a funny mix so far: subtle agonies&quiddities of toxic masculinity solo and in gangs PLUS thudding do-you-see ironies re the ruthless crappiness pf bureaucracies PLUS high-end idealisation of the nobility and healing powers of culturally appropriated martial arts

duvall good, caan good, think the last film i watched partially set in san francisco was the hulk

mark s, Tuesday, 16 August 2016 20:01 (three years ago) link

bohemian san francisco as mise en scene is reminding me of armistead maupin; the airport ninja-assassin attack scene was more like airplane

mark s, Tuesday, 16 August 2016 20:12 (three years ago) link

weirdly pleased to discover that burt young (who plays mac) is a painter as well as an actor


mark s, Tuesday, 16 August 2016 20:54 (three years ago) link

the suisun bay reserve fleet scenes are (a) kind of amazing, as an idea for a setting*, and (b) a whole bunch of clumsily shot, culturally goofy ninja stupidness

*actually the only thing i remember from the last time i saw this, maybe 35 years ago?

mark s, Tuesday, 16 August 2016 21:18 (three years ago) link

five months pass...

i watched 'alfredo garcia' its amazingly uncinematic & I mean that positively; I enjoyed a lot of it - would still vote straw dogs here def

johnny crunch, Wednesday, 8 February 2017 13:21 (three years ago) link

happy birthday you crazy sumbitch

Οὖτις, Tuesday, 21 February 2017 21:13 (three years ago) link

seven months pass...

My list!

morning wood truancy (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Wednesday, 18 October 2017 03:22 (two years ago) link

when he was good, he was SOOOO good. Ride the High Country def a career highlight, and one that I hadn't seen until last year

Οὖτις, Wednesday, 18 October 2017 15:09 (two years ago) link

At worst it's rambling, but (Cable Hogue is) still so damn amiable -- it's like Peckinpah doing Altman.

and he's not very good at it. Great ending tho.

ice cream social justice (Dr Morbius), Friday, 20 October 2017 12:11 (two years ago) link

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