Bring Me The Head Of Mr. Garcia
instrumentation: violin, viola, cello, flute, oboe, bassoon, timpani
duration: 10 minutes
written in: 2015
written for: ensemble mise-en
"Bring Me the Head of Alfredo Garcia is a 1974 American cult action film directed by Sam Peckinpah and featuring Warren Oates.
Made in Mexico on a low budget after the commercial failure of Pat Garrett and Billy the Kid(1973), Peckinpah claimed that, of all his films, Alfredo García was the only one released as he had intended. The film was a box-office and critical failure at the time, but has gained a new following and stature in the decades since.
On its release in 1974, Bring Me the Head of Alfredo García was disapproved by viewers and critics, and failed at the box office. However, the film has since found a contemporary audience, maintaining an 82 percent fresh rating at Rotten Tomatoes based on 22 reviews. Years later Bring Me the Head of Alfredo Garcia was included as one of the choices in the book The Fifty Worst Films of All Time.
Some film critics (including Michael Medved) argue that Bring Me the Head of Alfredo García is one of the worst films ever made, while others (among them Roger Ebert and Slant Magazine) consider it a masterpiece. Michael Sragow of New York magazine called it 'a catastrophe so huge that those who once ranked Peckinpah with Hemingway may now invoke Mickey Spillane'."