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.



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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Ride the High Country (1962): A Western

By 4 Star Film Fan on Jul 31, 2019 From 4 Star Films

Admittedly at times, I fall into the trap of getting so caught up in the context of a film and its history I miss out on?elements of the experience. However, when I watched Ride the High Country it didn’t feel like I was getting distracted by how this story pertained to others — at least... Read full article

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

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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).

Was to have worked with Joan Didion on Play It As It Lays (1972), but these plans never materialized.

In his January 1972 Playboy interview, Peckinpah was asked to comment about critic Pauline Kael's assertion that in Straw Dogs (1971), he endorsed rape by having the protagonist's wife seemingly enjoy being violated by her ex-boyfriend. Pointing out that the scene in question was actually the first stage of a gangbang and that the wife clearly did not enjoy being taken by the second man, he went on to gently criticize Kael, who was a great admirer and supporter of his. Noting that he had shared a drink with Kael and liked her personally, Peckiinpah said that on the subject of his movie endorsing rape, "she's cracking walnuts with her ass."

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