One of the last real men to work in Hollywood, Sam Peckinpah was a director of Westerns.
This hard-drinking, fast-living film-maker was best at showing real men in tough situations. Some say he glorified violence, while others say he was reflecting the world he saw from WWII and Vietnam. We didn't know that WWII and Vietnam were Western locales.
He will always be best known for making The Wild Bunch, a film so violent it received an NC-17 rating on the re-release just for blood and guts. We thought the Wild Bunch was about a group of crazed bananas.
Some of his other films were Straw Dogs, Pat Garrett and Billy the Kid and Bring Me the Head of Alfredo Garcia. They are all film known for their hard impact and savagery against women. Sam would have seen them more as a reflection of this world view. He was known to give women savage hard impacts. His films have been parodied by such stalwarts as SNL, Benny Hill, and Monty Python.
Sam once said, “The end of a picture is always the end of a life.” Sam left this world on December 28, 1984. His work has been carried on (AKA ripped off by) Quentin Tarantino.
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