Sam Peckinpah

21 Feb 1925 - 28 Dec 1984

Director, Writer, Actor

David Samuel "Sam" Peckinpah (February 21, 1925 – December 28, 1984) was an American filmmaker and screenwriter who achieved prominence following the release of the Western epic The Wild Bunch (1969). He was known for the innovative and explicit depiction of action and violence, as well as his revisionist approach to the Western genre.

Peckinpah's films generally deal with the conflict between values and ideals, and the corruption of violence in human society. He was given the nickname "Bloody Sam" owing to the violence in his films. His characters are often loners or losers who desire to be honorable, but are forced to compromise in order to survive in a world of nihilism and brutality.

Peckinpah's combative personality, marked by years of alcohol and drug abuse, has often overshadowed his professional legacy. Many of his films were noted for behind-the-scenes battles with producers and crew members, damaging his reputation and career during his lifetime. Many of his films, such as Straw Dogs (1971), Pat Garrett & Billy the Kid (1973) and Bring Me the Head of Alfredo Garcia (1974), remain controversial.


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Filmography (16 titles)

(movie, 1983)
···The Osterman Weekend
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller
Role: Director
(movie, 1978)
Genre: Action, Comedy, Drama
Role: Director
(movie, 1978)
···Amore, piombo e furore
Genre: Western
Role: Actor (as Wilbur Olsen, Dime Novelist)
(movie, 1977)
···Cross of Iron
Genre: Action, Drama, History, War
Role: Director
(movie, 1975)
···The Killer Elite
Genre: Action, Crime
Role: Director
Genre: Action, Comedy, Crime, Drama, Thriller
Role: Director, Writer
(movie, 1973)
···Pat Garrett & Billy the Kid
Genre: Drama, History, Western
Role: Director
(movie, 1972)
···The Getaway
Genre: Action, Adventure, Crime, Thriller, Romance
Role: Director
(movie, 1972)
···Junior Bonner
Genre: Action, Drama, Western
Role: Director
(movie, 1971)
···Straw Dogs
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Role: Director, Writer
(movie, 1970)
···The Ballad of Cable Hogue
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance, Western
Role: Director
(movie, 1969)
···The Wild Bunch
Genre: Adventure, Western
Role: Director, Writer
(movie, 1965)
···Major Dundee
Genre: Action, Adventure, Western, War
Role: Director, Writer
(movie, 1962)
···Ride the High Country
Genre: Action, Western
Role: Director, Writer
(movie, 1961)
···The Deadly Companions
Genre: Western
Role: Director
Genre: Horror, Science Fiction
Role: Actor (as Charlie the Meter Reader)