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Ride the High Country (1962): A Sam Peckinpah Western

4 Star Films Posted by 4 Star Film Fan on Jul 31, 2019

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 leas read more

The Wild Bunch (1969, Sam Peckinpah), the director’s cut

The Stop Button Posted by Andrew Wickliffe on Apr 15, 2017

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 ope read more

Sam Peckinpah Goes Kung Fu in "The Killer Elite"

Classic Film & TV Cafe Posted by Rick29 on May 1, 2016

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 more

Ride the High Country (1962, Sam Peckinpah)

The Stop Button Posted by Andrew Wickliffe on Mar 13, 2015

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), read more

The Getaway (1972, Sam Peckinpah)

The Stop Button Posted by Andrew Wickliffe on Jul 20, 2014

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 isolatio read more

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

Classic Film & TV Cafe Posted by Rick29 on Jun 3, 2013

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 Per read more

Straw Dogs (1971, Sam Peckinpah)

The Stop Button Posted by on Nov 26, 2008

Little known fact: the British Tourist Authority actually funded for Straw Dogs. They were sick of Americans moving over. Obviously not true, but it would explain a lot. Not many films have such singularly evil human beings as those portrayed in Straw Dogs, but then few feature such textured evil h read more