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      Sam Peckinpah

      Sam Peckinpah

      Highest Rated: 97% Major Dundee (1965)

      Lowest Rated: 45% The Osterman Weekend (1983)

      Birthday: Feb 21, 1925

      Birthplace: Fresno, California, USA

      A paradox who both cultivated and disdained his own legend, Sam Peckinpah evoked varied responses to his often violent films that typically existed on a skewed moral plane between eras and cultures, with ambiguous quests for identity and redemption undertaken by hopelessly lost outcasts and enemies. After receiving his start on television, Peckinpah made a powerful statement with only his second film, "Ride the High Country" (1962), a revisionist Western that presaged the greatness that came later in the decade. Peckinpah emerged triumphant with "The Wild Bunch" (1969), a classic revisionist Western that marked the true high point of his creative powers. His final movies, "Cross of Iron" (1976), "Convoy" (1978) and "The Osterman Weekend" (1983) continued to showcase his genius. Peckinpah established his reputation as a great filmmaker able to elicit strong emotional responses with his kinetic and often operatic imagery.

      Highest rated movies

      79% The Visitor


      MAJOR DUNDEE, from left: director Sam Peckinpah, Charlton Heston on set, 1965 BALLAD OF CABLE HOGUE, Sam Peckinpah (with rooster) and Jason Robards on-SET, 1970 PAT GARRETT AND BILLY THE KID, from left: director Sam Peckinpah, James Coburn, on set, 1973 pgbtk1973-fsct11(pgbtk1973-fsct11) THE WILD BUNCH, director Sam Peckinpah (lower left), William Holden (standing), between scenes, on location, 1969 CROSS OF IRON, director Sam Peckinpah, (right), 1977 PAT GARRETT AND BILLY THE KID, director Sam Peckinpah on set, 1973 STRAW DOGS, Sam Peckinpah, Dustin Hoffman, 1971 PAT GARRETT AND BILLY THE KID, James Coburn, director Sam Peckinpah on set, 1973



      45% 37% The Osterman Weekend Director - 1983
      79% 43% The Visitor Dr. Sam Collins (Character) - 1979
      56% 72% Convoy Director - 1978
      No Score Yet 44% Amore, piombo e furore (Gunfire)(China 9, Liberty 37) (Love, Bullets and Frenzy) Unknown (Character) - 1978
      71% 87% Cross of Iron Director - 1977
      60% 33% The Killer Elite Director - 1975
      78% 85% Bring Me the Head of Alfredo Garcia Director - 1974
      56% 82% Pat Garrett and Billy the Kid Director - 1973
      83% 81% The Getaway Director - 1972
      92% 62% Junior Bonner Director - 1972
      82% 82% Straw Dogs Director,
      - 1971
      94% 81% The Ballad of Cable Hogue Director,
      - 1970
      91% 90% The Wild Bunch Director,
      - 1969
      No Score Yet 44% Villa Rides Screenwriter - 1968
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Noon Wine Director,
      - 1966
      60% 33% The Glory Guys Writer - 1965
      97% 67% Major Dundee Director,
      $14.9K 1965
      89% 83% Ride the High Country Director - 1962
      86% 37% The Deadly Companions Director - 1962
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Big Time or Bust Director - 1934


      No Score Yet 67% Sliders Director 1998
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Route 66 Director 1961
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Westerner Director 1960
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Zane Grey Theatre Director,
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Rifleman Director,
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Have Gun -- Will Travel Writer 1958
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Trackdown Writer 1957
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Tales of Wells Fargo Writer 1957