Ahh, the Late Arrivals at the Austin Film-makers Ball

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The day after I left Austin, Texas, ‘Bring Me The Head Of Alfredo Garcia’ played at the Alamo thanks to the Badass Digest. Damn.

[Sam] Peckinpah gets a lot of love for The Wild Bunch and Straw Dogs and The Getaway – and rightfully so. But Alfredo Garcia holds a special place in the Peckinpah canon. It’s his grimiest, sickest, weirdest movie but also his most personal. It’s about how Bennie, an ex-pat American living in Mexico, learns that a local crimelord wants the head of the gigolo who knocked up his daughter.

The reward: a cool million. But Bennie has some inside info: this gigolo, Alfredo Garcia, was actually killed in an accident some weeks back. All Bennie has to do is go to the graveyard, dig up the corpse and become rich. Or so he thinks.

America may have forgotten the Peckinpah film, but for Radio 4 comedy fans, it never really went away. It just made an appearance at every society ball Humphrey Lyttleton announced.

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