A family scandal causes a wealthy and powerful Mexican rancher to make
the pronouncement--'Bring me the head of Alfredo Garcia!' Two of the
bounty-hunters thus dispatched encounter a local piano-player in their
hunt for information. The piano-player does a little investigating on
his own and finds out that his girlfriend knows of Garcia's death and
last resting place. Thinking that he can make some easy money and gain
financial security for he and his (now) fiancée, they set off on this
goal. Of course, this quest only brings him untold misery, in the form
of trademark Peckinpah violence.
This movie was recommended to me
by fellow blog commenter and movie SFX master "Squib". The movie is
like a long slow drag on a cigarette. The viewer progressively inhales
the story, buzzing in the second hour, and exhaling with the last
breathe of an old Mexican piano player. The action sequences and use of
slow motion rival that of early John Woo. The violence is unforgiving
and the twists shocking. The movie takes you back to the days where
heroes wear white, love hard, and drink harder. The days where a man
would travel 1000 miles with a stolen stinkin head just to see justice
served in the form of angry shouting 45.
Sam Peckinpah most
remembered for "The Wild Bunch" gives yet another action drama that is
worthy of a glance...if its your bag baby.
Good action, excellent character, but slow moving in the process.