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Sam Peckinpah Overview:

Director, Sam Peckinpah, was born David Samuel Peckinpah on Feb 21, 1925 in Fresno, CA. Peckinpah died at the age of 59 on Dec 28, 1984 in Inglewood, CA and was cremated and his ashes scattered just off Malibu CA.

HONORS and AWARDS:

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Although Peckinpah was nominated for one Oscar, he never won a competitive Academy Award.

Academy Awards

YearAwardFilm nameRoleResult
1969Best WritingThe Wild Bunch (1969)N/ANominated
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The Wild Bunch (1969, ), the director’s cut

By Andrew Wickliffe on Apr 15, 2017 From The Stop Button

The Wild Bunch opens with a methodically executed heist slash shootout sequence. Director Peckinpah quickly introduces cast members, partially due to the dramatic plotting, mostly due to Lou Lombardo’s fantastic editing. All juxtaposed with some kids watching ants kill scorpions. The Wild Bunch open... Read full article


Goes Kung Fu in "The Killer Elite"

By Rick29 on May 1, 2016 From Classic Film & TV Cafe

At the outset of The Killer Elite (1975), Mike and George appear to be two happy-go-lucky mercenaries that work for a CIA contractor. That changes when George (Robert Duvall) kills a defector they're protecting--then shoots Mike (James Caan) in the knee and elbow. As George stands over his bleeding ... Read full article


Ride the High Country (1962, )

By Andrew Wickliffe on Mar 13, 2015 From The Stop Button

Ride the High Country is a fine attempt. It’s not a successful attempt, but it’s a fine one. Director Peckinpah seems to know what he wants to do, but he’s too trapped in Western genre tradition. Having icons Joel McCrea and Randolph Scott as his leads (they’re both great), G... Read full article


The Getaway (1972, )

By Andrew Wickliffe on Jul 20, 2014 From The Stop Button

From the lengthy opening credits to the big action finale, it's always clear sound is important in The Getaway. Editor Robert L. Wolfe does some wonderful transitions with sound foreshadowing the cut and the next scene, but there's something more to it. That something more is the isolation... Read full article


James Drury Chats with the Café about "The Virginian," , and "The Yank"

By Rick29 on Jun 3, 2013 From Classic Film & TV Cafe

Television Western icon James Drury starred as The Virginian on NBC from 1962-71. The 90-minute series aired 249 episodes, making it one of television's most enduring Westerns. The series continues to air today and attract new fans. Mr. Drury, who was inducted into the Hall of Great Western Performe... Read full article


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Sam Peckinpah Quotes:

Charlie: [mob chases Miles to the highway] Let him go. Nobody will ever believe him.


Charlie: Give up! You can't get away from us! We're not gonna hurt you!


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Sam Peckinpah Facts
Was hired by Marlon Brando to adopt Charles Neider's novella about Billy the Kid, "The Authentic Death of Hendry Jones," that served as the basis for Brando's directorial debut, One-Eyed Jacks (1961). (The Western was the only film that the immortal actor ever directed.) While Stanley Kubrick was still slated to be the project's director, Peckinpah wrote what he believed was a good script; subsequently, he was devastated when he was let go after turning it in. Later, some of the thematic elements and scenes that survived and were showcased in "Jacks" also became part of Peckinpah's own take on the legendary outlaw, Pat Garrett & Billy the Kid (1973).

Producer Martin Ransohoff felt compelled to fire Peckinpah after the beginning of principal shooting on The Cincinnati Kid (1965) due to disagreements over the conception of the film. The incident led to a physical altercation between the two. In the early 1970s, remarking on their fight, Peckinpah claimed Ransofhoff got the worst of it: "I stripped him as naked as one of his badly told lies", claimed the director known as "Bloody Sam" for the violence in his films. Peckinpah was replaced with Norman Jewison, a relative newcomer to feature film directing at the time, whose long and successful career as a journeyman filmmaker and producer brought him three Oscar nominations as best director and the Irving Thalberg Award in 1999 from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences. Peckinpah, a master before he was discombobulated by substance abuse, received only one Academy Award nomination in his career, for Best Adapted Screenplay for The Wild Bunch (1969).

His nephew was the television writer and producer David E. Peckinpah

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