Sam PeckinpahSam Peckinpah (February 21, 1925 - 1984) was an American film director.
Born in Fresno, California.
Onetime enfant terrible of the cinematic world, Sam Peckinpah's films were spectacularly violent, and liable to interpretation in often contradictory fashions. He worked initially as a scriptwriter and director of Western genre television series such as Gunsmoke and The Rifleman prior to becoming one of the most influential cinema directors of his generation.
Peckinpah's violent films had many fans, and not only among the public but fans such as Pauline Kael who reviewed films in bravura style for the The New Yorker magazine. His films were visually inventive.
What disturbed Peckinpah's critics was not only how much blood and gore was spilled in his movies, but how often violence was cast as a redeeming action, bringing closure to its perpetrators and a brand of rough justice to its victims.
- 1961 The Deadly Companions
- 1962 Ride the High Country
- 1965 Major Dundee
- 1969 The Wild Bunch
- 1970 The Ballad of Cable Hogue
- 1971 Straw Dogs
- 1972 The Getaway
- 1972 Junior Bonner
- 1973 Pat Garrett and Billy the Kid
- 1974 Bring Me the Head of Alfredo Garcia
- 1975 The Killer Elite
- 1977 Cross of Iron
- 1983 The Osterman Weekend