"Well, killing a man isn't clean and quick and simple. It's bloody and awful. And maybe if enough people come to realize that shooting somebody isn't just fun and games, maybe we'll get somewhere.
— Sam Peckinpah
David Samuel "Sam" Peckinpah (1925-1984) was a director of manly movies. An eccentric drug-abuser and lifelong alcoholic who was notorious for his gruff demeanor and rocky relationships with women, Peckinpah created a number of films that perfectly reflect his own personality: violent, nihilistic and cynical. Some of them stand as modern classics.
His filmography includes:
Sam Peckinpah's life and signature style include:
- Black and Grey Morality
- Gorn: They are pretty violent even today, so by older standards, they count as this trope.
- Honor Before Reason
- Kill 'em All
- No Kill Like Overkill
- New Old West: Seen in The Wild Bunch, Junior Bonner, and Bring Me the Head of Alfredo Garcia.
- Production Posse: Warren Oates, Ben Johnson, James Coburn, Kris Kristofferson, Strother Martin, LQ Jones, RG Armstrong, John Davis Chandler, David Warner, Cassie Yates, Aurora Clavell to name the most frequently occurring. He also frequently worked with cinematographer Lucien Ballard and composer Jerry Fielding.
- Rated M for Manly: Masculinity, violence and revenge are common themes. The dark and nihilistic tone of his films is sometimes read as a deconstruction of the trope.
- A Real Man Is a Killer
- Sociopathic Hero
- Twilight of the Old West: The end of the Wild West and the beginning of the Modern Age is a common theme in many of his best-known films like Ride The High Country, The Wild Bunch, and The Ballad Of Cable Hogue.