- Year: 1974
- Country: USA/Mexico
- Production: Churubusco Azteca, Optimus, United Artists, 112m
- Director: Sam Peckinpah
- Producer: Martin Baum
- Screenplay: Sam Peckinpah, Gordon Dawson
- Photography: Alex Phillips, Jr.
- Music: Jerry Fielding
- Cast: Warren Oates, Isela Vega, Robert Webber, Gig Young, Helmut Dantine
- Blog Club Rating: 7.1/10
Abridged Book DescriptionEdit
This is one of those rare films that divides audiences into those who rate it a five-star classic and those who see it as a one-star dog. Sam Peckinpah's most brutal, nihilistic vision follows seedy piano player Benny (Warren Oates) through a modern-day Mexico made as infernal as the nightmare Western world of the director's earlier classic, The Wild Bunch... Peckinpah goes out of his way to make the settings sleazy and repulsive, with a trace of blood-streaked pretension that suggest Ernest Hemingway at the point his brain exploded. Obviously the work of an alcoholic genius, with moments of affecting melancholy and beauty even during the rapes and gunfights.