->''"There ain't nothing sacred about a hole in the ground or the man that's in it. Or you. Or me."''

A NewOldWest film from Creator/SamPeckinpah, released in 1974. At the time, it was considered bleak and violent even by Peckinpah standards, it has since had a resurgence of popular and critical opinion. Peckinpah considered it his best and most personal film.

It begins with a feared Mexican landowner, known only as 'El Jefe' ('The Boss') brutally interrogating his pregnant teenage daughter over the identity of the father of the baby she's carrying. Upon learning that it was a trusted underling, El Jefe orders his henchmen to "[[TitleDrop Bring me the head of Alfredo Garcia]]". This information eventually gets back to Bennie (Warren Oates), an American ex-pat who ekes out a living as the piano player in a dive bar, who in turn learns from his prostitute girlfriend Elita (Isela Vega) that Garcia is ''already'' dead, having been killed in a drunk driving accident some weeks previously. Bennie decides that he can earn some easy money by digging up Garcia's corpse, removing the head and taking it to El Jefe for the bounty, and drags Elita along to help him.

[[FromBadToWorse Things go downhill from there]].

!!This film provides examples of:
* AbusiveParents: El Jefe's first scene has him breaking his daughter's arm to find out who impregnated her. Yeah.
* AmbiguouslyGay: Sappensly and Quill are glued to each other at all times and disdain the advances of prostitutes. When one of them dies, the other becomes extremely emotional and completely loses it.
* AntiHero: Bennie is a type III or IV
* AttemptedRape: Two bikers try to rape Elita. She ultimately "accepts" one of them (played by Kris Kristofferson), but it doesn't happen as Bennie shoots him.
* AuthorAvatar: Bennie. Warren Oates admits his performance is a Sam Peckinpah impersonation. The sunglasses Bennie wears were borrowed off Peckinpah.
* BadassBiker: A strange subversion. The rough bikers intend to rape the hero's girl, but Kris Kristofferson gets bashful, and she actually tries to ''comfort him!''
* BilingualBonus: Lots of Spanish dialogue.
%%* BlackHumor
%%* BlastOut
%%* BolivianArmyEnding
* TheCasanova: According to the posthumous reports we receive Alfredo Garcia was apparently this in life, with at least two examples to back it up; as well as knocking up the BigBad Boss's daughter, he's also apparently gotten with Bennie's girlfriend a few times. She even seems to be more fond of him than she is of Bennie himself.
* CoolCar: Bennie's red convertible is a 1962 Chevy Impala.
* CoolShades: Bennie wears some.
* CrapsackWorld: No heroes or villains here, gentlemen. Just opportunists and monsters.
* DarkerAndEdgier: Bleaker, more hopeless, violent, cynical and nihilistic than any other film in Peckinpah's filmography... which is saying something!
* DecapitationPresentation: Bennie gets the head of Garcia, and ends up fighting criminals and mercenaries for the chance to be one to present it El Jefe.
* DespairEventHorizon: Bennie reaches thus upon [[spoiler: the death of Elita]]. Before then, he's clearly going a bit mad for much of the movie, but that causes him to just completely lose touch with reality.
* DownerEnding: [[spoiler:Everyone dies]].
* FanService: An early scene has a completely naked Isela Vega for no particular reason.
* KillEmAll: [[spoiler:Elita, Sappensly, Quill, El Jefe and Bennie all die.]]
* LongTitle: Bordering on GoryDeadlyOverkillTitleOfFatalDeath, and [[TheJoyOfX inspiring imitations]].
* MexicanStandoff: Possible TropeNamer.
* NewOldWest: Sam Peckinpah returns to the setting of [[Film/TheWildBunch his Western]], but this time has the story in the contemporary days.
* NoNameGiven: El Jefe ("The Boss")
* OutlawCouple: Bennie and Elita.
* PosthumousCharacter: The titular Mr. Garcia.
* {{Professional Killer}}s: Who look and act more like lawyers than anything else.
* ARealManIsAKiller: Bennie has difficulty killing though and must psych himself up for it.
* SanitySlippage: Bennie loses his sanity over the course of the film. He ends up having conversations with Alfredo who, let us remind you, is a rotting head in a sack at this point.
* ShootTheShaggyDog: Bennie arrives with Garcia's head to El Jefe's house after dodging killers and going through some SanitySlippage from the tension [[spoiler:only for El Jefe to decide to pay him nothing -- he killed his own daughter because of the dishonor of having Garcia's child in her womb and pretty much got bored afterwards. When he tells Bennie to dump Garcia's head in the trash on the way out, Bennie totally snaps and kills him... and then gets killed on the way out.]]
* TakeThat: When Bennie is first seen playing the piano in the Mexico City bar, a fake one-dollar bill on the brick wall directly behind him has a caricature of UsefulNotes/RichardNixon. Creator/SamPeckinpah inserted it there to show his contempt for Nixon, whose presidency was falling apart.
* ThoseTwoBadGuys: Sappensly and Quill.
* TrailersAlwaysSpoil: Averted. The trailer is exceptionally blunt about how bleak and bloody the film is.
--> '''Trailer Announcer''': [[SanitySlippage This man will become an animal.]] This woman's dreams of love will be destroyed. Innocent people will suffer. Holy ground will be desecrated. Twenty five people will die.
* TitleDrop: Said right as El Jefe learns of Alfredo Garcia's name.