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* ChronicallyKilledActor: L.Q. Jones was in five Peckinpah films, and his character ends up getting whacked in each one. Warren Oates only survives in one of his four Peckinpah appearances.


* ProductionPosse: Warren Oates, Ben Johnson, Creator/JamesCoburn, Kris Kristofferson, Strother Martin, L.Q. Jones, R.G. Armstrong, John Davis Chandler, Creator/DavidWarner, Cassie Yates, Aurora Clavell, Creator/ErnestBorgnine, Creator/SteveMcQueenActor and Slim Pickens to name the most frequently occurring. He also frequently worked with cinematographer Lucien Ballard and composer Music/JerryFielding.

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* ProductionPosse: Warren Oates, Ben Johnson, Creator/JamesCoburn, Kris Kristofferson, Creator/KrisKristofferson, Strother Martin, L.Q. Jones, R.G. Armstrong, John Davis Chandler, Creator/DavidWarner, Cassie Yates, Aurora Clavell, Creator/ErnestBorgnine, Creator/SteveMcQueenActor and Slim Pickens to name the most frequently occurring. He also frequently worked with cinematographer Lucien Ballard and composer Music/JerryFielding.


After a stint in the Marines, he attended college, then moved to Hollywood. After some early behind-the-scenes film work, he made his name in television, writing episodes of ''Series/{{Gunsmoke}}'', ''Series/HaveGunWillTravel'' and some other Western shows. A Peckinpah script originally rejected from ''Gunsmoke'' became the basis for ''Series/TheRifleman'', and he did some writing and directing for it during its first season. He created the series ''[[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Westerner_(TV_series) The Westerner]]'' in 1960, but it [[ShortRunners only lasted 13 episodes]]. He made his feature film directorial debut the next year with ''The Deadly Companions'', featuring ''Westerners'' star Brian Keith.

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After a stint in the Marines, he attended college, then moved to Hollywood. After some early behind-the-scenes film work, he made his name in television, writing episodes of ''Series/{{Gunsmoke}}'', ''Series/HaveGunWillTravel'' and some other Western shows. A Peckinpah script originally rejected from ''Gunsmoke'' became the basis for ''Series/TheRifleman'', and he did some writing and directing for it during its first season. He created the series ''[[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Westerner_(TV_series) The Westerner]]'' in 1960, but it [[ShortRunners only lasted 13 episodes]]. He made his feature film directorial debut the next year with ''The Deadly Companions'', featuring ''Westerners'' ''Westerner'' star Brian Keith.
Keith. ''Film/TheWildBunch'' kicked his career into high gear in 1969, but his irascible personality and personal vices led it to sputter out by the end of TheSeventies. He made a few steps toward a comeback in TheEighties, directing ''Film/TheOstermanWeekend'' and, oddly, two music videos for Music/JulianLennon, before passing away from heart failure in 1984.


David Samuel "Sam" Peckinpah (February 21, 1925 December 28, 1984) was a director of manly movies. He specialized in [[{{Western}} Westerns]], a genre that had personal resonance for him, since he was born and raised in Fresno, California, and both of his parents were descended from prominent pioneer families. He spent much of his youth on a large ranch owned by his maternal grandfather, and learned first-hand about cowboys and frontier life.

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David Samuel "Sam" Peckinpah (February 21, 1925 December 28, 1984) was a director of manly movies. He An eccentric substance-abuser who was notorious for his gruff demeanor and rocky relationships with women, he created a number of films that perfectly reflect his own personality: violent, nihilistic and cynical. Some of them stand as modern classics.

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specialized in [[{{Western}} Westerns]], a genre that had personal resonance for him, since he was born and raised in Fresno, California, and both of his parents were descended from prominent pioneer families. He spent much of his youth on a large ranch owned by his maternal grandfather, and learned first-hand about cowboys and frontier life.



An eccentric substance-abuser 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.


David Samuel "Sam" Peckinpah (February 21, 1925 December 28, 1984) was a director of manly movies. An eccentric substance-abuser 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.

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David Samuel "Sam" Peckinpah (February 21, 1925 December 28, 1984) was a director of manly movies. He specialized in [[{{Western}} Westerns]], a genre that had personal resonance for him, since he was born and raised in Fresno, California, and both of his parents were descended from prominent pioneer families. He spent much of his youth on a large ranch owned by his maternal grandfather, and learned first-hand about cowboys and frontier life.

After a stint in the Marines, he attended college, then moved to Hollywood. After some early behind-the-scenes film work, he made his name in television, writing episodes of ''Series/{{Gunsmoke}}'', ''Series/HaveGunWillTravel'' and some other Western shows. A Peckinpah script originally rejected from ''Gunsmoke'' became the basis for ''Series/TheRifleman'', and he did some writing and directing for it during its first season. He created the series ''[[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Westerner_(TV_series) The Westerner]]'' in 1960, but it [[ShortRunners only lasted 13 episodes]]. He made his feature film directorial debut the next year with ''The Deadly Companions'', featuring ''Westerners'' star Brian Keith.

An eccentric substance-abuser 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.



He also worked in TV earlier in his career, contributing well-regarded episodes to ''Series/HaveGunWillTravel'' and ''Series/{{Gunsmoke}}'', rewriting a rejected script from the latter to create ''Series/TheRifleman'', and later creating ''The Westerner''.


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* SouthOfTheBorder: Peckinpah spent some time in Mexico as an exchange student during college, and developed an immense love for Mexican culture and history that lasted the rest of his life. ''Film/MajorDundee'', ''Film/TheWildBunch'' and ''Film/BringMeTheHeadOfAlfredoGarcia'' were all set there and filmed there as well. He also had a long RelationshipRevolvingDoor with Mexican actress Begoña Palacios, who he first met while filming ''Major Dundee''.


David Samuel "Sam" Peckinpah (February 21, 1925 December 28, 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.

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David Samuel "Sam" Peckinpah (February 21, 1925 December 28, 1984) was a director of manly movies. An eccentric drug-abuser and lifelong alcoholic substance-abuser 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.

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* ExecutiveMeddling: Frequently a victim of it, as he made little effort to compromise with studio heads or producers. ''Film/MajorDundee'' and ''Film/PatGarrettAndBillyTheKid'' are the most extreme, though by no means the only examples. ''Film/TheWildBunch'' was a notable aversion: he worked well with producer Phil Feldman, though he disagreed with Feldman's decision to cut several scenes from the film.


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* MagnumOpusDissonance: He reportedly preferred ''Film/TheBalladOfCableHogue'' to his more famous (and violent) works like ''Film/TheWildBunch'' and ''Film/StrawDogs''.


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* ProductionPosse: Warren Oates, Ben Johnson, Creator/JamesCoburn, Kris Kristofferson, Strother Martin, L.Q. Jones, R.G. Armstrong, John Davis Chandler, Creator/DavidWarner, Cassie Yates, Aurora Clavell, Creator/ErnestBorgnine, Creator/SteveMcQueenActor and Slim Pickens to name the most frequently occurring. He also frequently worked with cinematographer Lucien Ballard and composer Music/JerryFielding.


* SemperFi: He served in the United States Marine Corps.

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* RealityEnsues: A major part of his films was his desire to show just how horrific violence and killing were in real life.


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* SemperFi: He served in the United States Marine Corps.


!! Sam Peckinpah's life and signature style include:
* TheAlcoholic: His alcoholism received an almost memetic status in his lifetime.

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!! Sam Peckinpah's life and signature style include:
* TheAlcoholic: His alcoholism received an almost memetic status is often reflected in his lifetime.characters.


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.

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David Samuel "Sam" Peckinpah (1925-1984) (February 21, 1925 December 28, 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.


* ''Film/TheOstermanWeekend'': His final film, based on the Robert Ludlum novel.

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* ''Film/TheOstermanWeekend'': His final film, based on the Robert Ludlum Creator/RobertLudlum novel.


* AntiHero
* BlackAndGreyMorality



* HonorBeforeReason
* KillEmAll
* NoKillLikeOverkill



* {{Overcrank}}



* ARealManIsAKiller

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* ARealManIsAKillerRomanticismVersusEnlightenment: Firmly romantic in all of his movies, most of them being about rogues who find that there's NoPlaceForMeThere in a more modern world. The most terrifying character in all of his movies is David Sumner, a mathematician who represents the cold, emotionless, force of order and civilization who gradually becomes dehumanized as he asserts his power over a bunch of thuggish crooks.



* SociopathicHero

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* SociopathicHeroSociopathicHero: ''The Wild Bunch'' themselves, David Sumner, and Warren Oates' character in ''Alfredo Garcia''.

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