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Sam Peckinpah

Controversial US director who was once a scriptwriter for TV’s “Gunsmoke” & a  gopher for Director Don Siegel, pushed the envelope when it came to depicting screen violence. Sam’s specialist genre was the western & his two gems were “Ride The High Country” (1962) & “The Wild Bunch” (1969).

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Birth Name: David Samuel Peckinpah

Date Of Birth: 21st February 1925

Place Of Birth: Fresno, California, USA

Date Of Death: 28th December 1984

Place Of Death: Mexico (aged 59)

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Nickname: Bloody Sam

Height: 5’ 9”

Trademark:
The use of slow motion in scenes depicting extreme violence. There are good examples in films such as “The Wild Bunch” (1969), “The Getaway” (1972) & “Straw Dogs” (1971).

Directorial Film Debut:
“The Deadly Companions” (1961)

Signature Film:
“The Wild Bunch” (1969)

Academy Award Nomination: 1970 - Best Writing for “The Wild Bunch”, shared with Walon Green & Roy N. Sickner.

Sam Peckinpah’s Top 10 Movies on DVD & VHS

Cross Of Iron(1977) VHS
Sam Peckinpah's only war film is a violent and compelling story set on the Russian front in 1943, where war-weary German sergeant James Coburn encounters Maximilian Schell, a Prussian officer out to get the coveted Iron Cross medal at any cost. James Mason, David Warner and Senta Berger also star in this action-packed epic. 129 min.

Junior Bonner(1972) VHS
A departure for director Sam Peckinpah is this character study of a one-time rodeo star (Steve McQueen) who returns home to re-enter the circuit, thereby gaining self-esteem and rejuvenating his alcoholic father. McQueen and Robert Preston, as his father, are equally great. 101 min. NOTE: This Title Is Out Of Print; Limit One Per Customer.

Pat Garrett And Billy The Kid(1973) VHS
Sam Peckinpah's violent, mystical Western saga focuses on the pursuit of outlaw Billy The Kid (Kris Kristofferson) by lawman Pat Garrett (James Coburn). Bob Dylan also stars and wrote the music. Jason Robards, Rita Coolidge. Uncut, 122-minute version.

Ride The High Country(1962) VHS
Western legends Randolph Scott and Joel McCrea made their sagebrush swan songs in this Sam Peckinpah tale. Two veteran gunslingers are hired to protect a gold shipment, only to find plenty of obstacles along the way. Sprawling, colorful thriller also stars Edgar Buchanan, Warren Oates and Mariette Hartley (her film debut). 93 min.

The Killer Elite(1975) VHS
Sam Peckinpah directed this smashing tale of espionage, conspiracy and double-crosses. James Caan is a San Francisco killer-for-hire, working for the CIA, who uses firearms and martial arts for revenge. Robert Duvall, Gig Young. 130 min.

The Ballad Of Cable Hogue(1970) VHS
Sam Peckinpah's lyric tribute to American individualism stars Jason Robards as a prospector left for dead by his scheming partners. He sets out to build his own world in the Old West, all the while dreaming of revenge. Co-stars Stella Stevens, David Warner, Strother Martin and Slim Pickens. 122 min.

The Wild Bunch: Original Director's Cut [DVD](1969) DVD
The restored 1995 director's cut version of Sam Peckinpah's controversial sagebrush classic. In the Southwest of 1913, a gang of outlaws is coerced by a Mexican general into robbing a U.S. Army gun shipment, a move that has fatal consequences. William Holden, Ernest Borgnine, Warren Oates, Edmond O'Brien and Robert Ryan star in this masterpiece, known for its bloody and balletic action scenes. Widescreen; Soundtrack: English; Subtitles: English, French; Spanish; documentary; theatrical trailer; scene access.

The Getaway [DVD](1972) DVD
A Movies Unlimited favorite, director Sam Peckinpah's exciting, violent thriller stars Steve McQueen as a Texas ex-con hired by the political boss who arranged for his parole to take part in a bank robbery. The heist falls apart and McQueen, realizing he was set up, flees with the loot and wife Ali MacGraw on a run for the Mexican border. With Ben Johnson, Al Lettieri, Sally Struthers. 123 min. Standard and Widescreen (Enhanced); Soundtracks: English Dolby Digital mono, French Dolby Digital mono; Subtitles: English, French, Spanish; filmographies; production notes; scene access; theatrical trailer.

The Deadly Companions [DVD](1961) DVD
Excellent Western adventure concerning an ex-soldier/gunslinger who makes amends to the family of the man he accidentally killed by guiding the funeral party through Apache country. Maureen O'Hara, Brian Keith, Steve Cochran, Chill Wills star; Sam Peckinpah's directorial debut. 90 min. Standard; Soundtrack: English Dolby Digital 5.1; scene access.

Straw Dogs [DVD](1971) DVD
Director Sam Peckinpah's masterful, controversial drama stars Dustin Hoffman as a pacifistic American math teacher who moves with wife Susan George to her home village on England's Cornish countryside. A campaign of harassment against the couple by local hooligans escalates into a violent showdown as they fend off the attackers in their farmhouse. With Peter Vaughan and an uncredited David Warner. 117 min. Widescreen (Enhanced); Soundtrack: English Dolby Digital mono; Subtitles: English; audio commentary; behind-the-scenes footage; interviews; theatrical trailers; isolated music score. Two-disc set.

 

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The Wild Bunch (1969)
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