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Sam  Peckinpah
[1925-1984]

director Sam Peckinpah [1925-84] on location in the desert              short profile

films of Sam Peckinpah

works about Sam Peckinpah

family & friends

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"Pouring new wine into the bottle of the Western, Peckinpah explodes the bottle."
— critic Pauline Kael


     B I O

     h e r e
Murray Hotel [est. 1904] in Livingston, MT {where Sam lived 1974-84}
Peckinpah's reputation hinges on fourteen pictures


star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame     Sam Peckinpah was nominated for a shared Oscar
for "The Wild Bunch" [1969] {Best Original Screenplay}

He also received
a W.G.A. Award nomination, 1966
two D.G.A. Award nominations, 1966 & 1970
a Golden Boot Award, 1984
two awards at the Cognac Festival du Film Policier, 1984
and a Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame


Sam Peckinpah entry at Wikipedia
Sam Peckinpah's credits [1952-83] at Internet Movie Database
browse Sam Peckinpah on DVD at Amazon
Sam Peckinpah books catalog at Amazon

Sam Peckinpah's  Films
Sam Peckinpah's credits [1954-83] at Internet Movie Database
browse all Sam Peckinpah videos/DVDs at Amazon
Sam Peckinpah's Westerns on VHS | Sam Peckinpah's Westerns on used VHS

Sam Peckinpah's Legendary Westerns DVD box set  "Sam Peckinpah's Legendary Westerns Collection" box set [2000]
includes "Ride The High Country" [1962], "The Wild Bunch" [1969] Special Edition,
"The Ballad of Cable Hogue" [1970] & "Pat Garrett and Billy The Kid" [1973]
Special Edition plus outtakes, 8 documentaries & featurettes, and other extras

Warner widescreen color DVD box set [1/2006] 6 disks for $34.00

"The Deadly Companions" [1961] /tt0054795/

"Ride The High Country" [MGM June 1962]
Ride The High Country movie directed by Sam Peckinpah, starring Joel McCrea & Randolph Scott  McCrea plays an aging ex-lawman hired to guard a shipment of gold. An old friend (Scott, in his last feature role) agrees to help, but intends to take the gold for himself. They meet a young woman on the trail who is running away from her mean rancher father and her fiance and his psycho brothers. Directed by Sam Peckinpah; starring Joel McCrea, Randolph Scott, Mariette Hartley, Edgar Buchanan, Warren Oates & L.Q. Jones; listed in US National Film Registry 1992
Warner Home Video widescreen color DVD [1/2006] for $14.99
Warner color VHS [3/91] out of prodn/many used
full credits from IMDb

"A Justified Life: Sam Peckinpah and The High Country"
[Turner Ent. Jan 2006 video release]
Co-produced, written & directed by Nick Redman; available as part of the Peckinpah box set above
and on the "High Country" DVD; full credits from IMDb

"The Glory Guys" [United Artists July 1965]
Glory Guys movie directed by Arnold Laven, script by Sam Peckinpah  A troop of hard-luck losers stuck in the cavalry of the U.S. Army set out on a suicide mission against battle-hardened Apache warriors (based on the Major Reno portion of the Battle of the Little Big Horn). Produced by Levy-Gardner-Laven; directed by Arnold Laven; script by Sam Peckinpah, from a novel by Hoffman Birney; cinematography by James Wong Howe; starring Tom Tryon, Harve Presnell, Senta Berger, Michael Anderson Jr., James Caan, Andrew Duggan, Slim Pickens, Peter Breck, Robert McQueeney, Wayne Rogers & William Meigs
M.G.M. color VHS [9/98] out of prodn/used
full credits from IMDb
based on the 1956 novel "The Dice of God" by Hoffman Birney
Henry Holt & Co. hardcover [1/56] out of print/used

"Major Dundee" [1965] /tt0059418/

"Noon Wine" [1966 TV film] /tt0209186/

"Villa Rides" [1968 screenplay] /tt0063775/

"The Wild Bunch" [Warner/Seven Arts June 1969]
classic Western movie The Wild Bunch directed by Sam Peckinpah, starring William Holden, Ernest Borgnine, Robert Ryan, Edmond O'Brien, Ben Johnson & Warren Oates  A deep meditation on the ending of the Western frontier, controversial for the vividness of the on-screen violence, yet superbly romantic: All that a Western tale should be.
Directed by Sam Peckinpah; starring William Holden, Ernest Borgnine, Robert Ryan, Edmond O'Brien, Ben Johnson, Warren Oates, and the scurrilous L.Q. Jones & Strother Martin; Oscar nominations for Best Script & Best Music; award for Best Cinematography from N.F.S.C.
Warner Home Video widescreen color Blu-ray [9/2007] for $11.49
Warner Video widescreen Director's Cut 145-min. DVD [8/97] for $10.99
Warner Video Anniv. Edition 179-min. color VHS [11/2001] out of prodn/used
full credits from IMDb
Sam Peckinpah's The Wild Bunch book edited by Stephen Prince  "Sam Peckinpah's The Wild Bunch" [1998]
Edited by Stephen Prince

Cambridge Univ Press 9x6 pb [12/98] for $23.00
Cambridge Univ Press 9¼x6¼ hardcover [12/98] for $50.00
online shooting script of "The Wild Bunch" dated February 1968 {.PDF file}

"A Simple Adventure Story: Sam Peckinpah, Mexico, and The Wild Bunch"
40-minute short [Warner Bros. Feb 2005]
Written & directed by Nick Redman; available as part of the Peckinpah box set above; full credits from IMDb

"The Wild Bunch: An Album In Montage" documentary short [1996]
Directed by Paul Seydor; Oscar nomination; available as part of the Peckinpah box set above
full credits from IMDb

Greek 'Wild Bunch' fansite
U.K. 'Wild Bunch' fansite

Announced 8/2011: Director Tony Scott is planning to direct a remake of
Sam Peckinpah’s 1969 classic Western “The Wild Bunch”

"The Ballad of Cable Hogue" [1970]

"Straw Dogs" [1971]

"Passion & Poetry: Sam Peckinpah's Straw Dogs"
38-minute documentary [indep 2007 video release]
Writtem & directed by Mike Siegel; video/DVD not available; full credits from IMDb

"Straw Dogs" remake [2011]  
http://www.strawdogsmovie.com/

"The Getaway" [1972]
based on the 1959 novel by Jim Thompson [1906-77]

"Junior Bonner" [1972]

"Pat Garrett and Billy The Kid" [MGM May 1973]
Pat Garrett and Billy The Kid movie directed by Sam Peckinpah, starring James Coburn & Kris Kristofferson  The new sheriff is ordered to capture a former pardner, who is now the outlaw Billy The Kid. Directed by Sam Peckinpah; starring James Coburn, Kris Kristofferson (as Billy), Richard Jaeckel, Katy Jurado, Chill Wills, Barry Sullivan, Jason Robards, Bob Dylan, R.G. Armstrong, Rita Coolidge, Jack Elam, Paul Fix, L.Q. Jones, Slim Pickens & Harry Dean Stanton
Warner widescreen restored 237-min. version color DVD [1/2006] 2 disks for $14.99
Warner color VHS [10/89] out of prodn/used
Sony soundtrack CD [7/73] for $9.98
full credits from IMDb
11"x17" poster available at AllPosters.com

"Deconstructing Pat and Billy" [undated]
available as part of the Peckinpah box set above and on the "Pat Garrett" DVD; not listed on IMDb

"Bring Me The Head of Alfredo Garcia" [1974]

"The Killer Elite" [1975]

"Cross of Iron" [Avco/EMI 1976]
Cross of Iron movie directed by Sam Peckinpah, starring James Coburn & Maximilian Schell  Death, horror & futility – an anti-war film from the German Army point of view, as they retreat from the debacle of Stalingrad. And do not miss the very last freeze-frame, which is what makes Peckinpah's only war movie an existential masterpiece. Directed by Sam Peckinpah; adapted from Willi Heinrich's novel (below); starring James Coburn, Maximilian Schell, James Mason & David Warner
Hen's Tooth Video color DVD [2/2000] for $25.49
Hen's Tooth Video color VHS [10/98] for $29.99
full credits from IMDb
based on the novel "The Willing Flesh" by Willi Heinrich
Noontide hardcover [5/88] out of print/used
Bantam pb [3/81] out of print/used

"Convoy" [1978]

"Jinxed!" [stunt director; 1982]

"The Osterman Weekend" [1983]

"The Osterman Weekend" remake [for 2013? release]
Announced September 2010: new script by Jesse Wigutow, to be directed by Robert Schwentke


Works  About  Sam Peckinpah

"One Foot In The Groove: Remembering
Sam Peckinpah & Other Things" [undated]
available as part of the Peckinpah box set above and on the "Pat Garrett" DVD; not listed on IMDb

"Deconstructing Pat and Billy" [undated]
available as part of the Peckinpah box set above and on the "Pat Garrett" DVD; not listed on IMDb

"Sam Peckinpah, Master of Violence: Being The Account of The Making
of A Movie and Other Sundry Things" [1972] by Max Evans
Dakota Press hardcover [1972] out of print/used

Sam Peckinpah Western Films Reconsideration book by Paul Seydor  "Peckinpah: The Western Films - A Reconsideration" [1980]
by Paul Seydor

Univ IL Press 9x6 pb [8/99] for $15.37
Univ IL Press 9¼x6¼ hardcover [1/97] for $34.95

"Sam Peckinpah: Man of Iron" [B.B.C./A&E 1992 TV]
Directed by Paul Joyce; available on Criterion's DVD of "Straw Dogs" {above}; full credits from IMDb

If They Move, Kill'em Sam Peckinpah bio by David Weddle  "Sam Peckinpah: If They Move, Kill'em" [1994]
by David Weddle

Grove Press 9x6 pb [2/2001] for $12.57
Grove Press hardcover [9/94] out of stock/used

"The Wild Bunch: An Album In Montage" documentary short [1996]
Directed by Paul Seydor; Oscar nomination; available as part of the Peckinpah box set above full credits from IMDb

Peckinpah Portrait In Montage book by Garner Simmons  "Peckinpah: A Portrait In Montage" [1997]
by Garner Simmons

Limelight 9x6 pb [11/98] for $18.95
Sam Peckinpah biography by Richard Luck  "Sam Peckinpah" [biography 2000] by Richard Luck
Pocket Essentials pb [10/2000] for $6.95
This Wounded Cinema, This Wounded Life book by Gabrielle Murray  "This Wounded Cinema, This Wounded Life: Violence &
Utopia In The Films of Sam Peckinpah" [2004]
by Gabrielle Murray

Praeger 9¼x6 hardcover [8/2004] for $72.23

"Sam Peckinpah's West: Legacy of A Hollywood Renegade"
[Starz!-Encore TV special July 2004]
Produced & directed by Tom Thurman; written by Tom Marksbury; narrated by Kris Kristofferson
available as part of the Peckinpah box set above; full credits from IMDb

"A Simple Adventure Story: Sam Peckinpah, Mexico and The Wild Bunch"
40-minute short [Warner Bros. Feb 2005]
Written & directed by Nick Redman; available as part of the Peckinpah box set above; full credits from IMDb

"Passion & Poetry: The Ballad of Sam Peckinpah" [indep 2005]
Writtem & directed by Mike Siegel; video/DVD not available; full credits from IMDb

"A Justified Life: Sam Peckinpah and The High Country"
[Turner Ent. Jan 2006 video release]
Co-produced, written & directed by Nick Redman; available as part of the Peckinpah box set above
and on the "Ride The High Country" DVD; full credits from IMDb

"Passion & Poetry: Sam Peckinpah's Straw Dogs"
38-minute documentary [indep 2007 video release]
Writtem & directed by Mike Siegel; video/DVD not available; full credits from IMDb

Horizons West, Directing the Western book by Jim Kitses  "Horizons West: Directing The Western From John Ford To
Clint Eastwood" [2008] by Jim Kitses

examining Western directors Budd Boetticher, Clint Eastwood, John Ford
[1894-1973]
, Sergio Leone, Anthony Mann & Sam Peckinpah
British Film Institute 9x6 pb [1/2008] for $27.85
British Film Institute 9¼x6¼ hardcover [1/2008] for $85.95

Family  &  Friends

second wife Begoña Palacios [1941–2000]
a very young & beautiful actress-dancer who married Sam when he was filming "Major Dundee" in Mexico

daughter Maria Guadalupe Peckinpah Palacios (better known as Lupita Peckinpah)

L i n k s
Sam Peckinpah's credits [1954-83] at Internet Movie Database
Sam Peckinpah entry at Wikipedia
browse all Sam Peckinpah videos/DVDs at Amazon

SM's Sam Peckinpah fansite
TB's Sam Peckinpah fansite
Film Four Sam Peckinpah page
Sam Peckinpah fansite on MySpace
Murray Hotel [est. 1904] in Livingston, MT {where Sam lived 1974-84}


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