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Bring Me the Head of Alfredo Garcia

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Bring Me the Head of Alfredo Garcia
Bring me the head of alfredo garcia ver3.jpg
American Poster
Country Flag of the United States.jpg United States
Directed by Sam Peckinpah
Release Date 1974
Language English/Spanish
Distributor MGM
Main Cast
Character Actor
Bennie Warren Oates
Eita Isela Vega
Quill Gig Young
Sappensly Robert Webber
Biker #1 Kris Kristofferson

Bring Me the Head of Alfredo Garcia is a 1974 is a crime film by Sam Peckinpah. It stars Warren Oates as Bennie, a loser piano player who is offered $10,000 to bring the head of the man who impregnated a powerful Mexican landowner’s daughter. His journey to dig up and decapitate the titular Alfredo Garcia only result in tragedy which leads to a deadly shootout at the landowner’s home.

Critics initially panned the film (some even saying it was one of the worst films ever made), but it has made a resurgence along with Peckinpah’s other films as of late. It, along with Cross of Iron, are considered to be the director’s last truly great films.

The following weapons were used in the film Bring Me the Head of Alfredo Garcia:

Pistols & Revolvers


Bennie (Warren Oates) draws a full-size M1911A1 when shooting into the air while driving through Mexico with Elita. After this, he is seen only with the 9mm Colt Commander. Based on the diameter of the barrel, this particular M1911A1 is chambered in 9x19mm. As .45 ACP blanks were unreliable when this film was produced, a Star Model B would often stand-in for a .45 ACP M1911 as it would save money.

World War II issued Colt M1911A1 Pistol - .45 ACP
Bennie draws his M1911A1.

Colt Commander

Bennie (Warren Oates) uses a Colt Commander throughout the film. Judging from the muzzle it appears to be chambered in 9mm which was more reliable at cycling blanks than the .45 ACP at the time.

Colt Combat Commander - .9x19mm.
Bennie draws his Commander in the car.
Bennie gets into a shootout with the two men in the station wagon.
Bennie finishes off one of his assailants.
Bennie with his Commander.
Bennie defends himself during the shootout with Sappensly and Quill.
Bennie draws his Commander on Max and his accountant.
Bennie shoots one of Max's gangsters.
Bennie confronts El Jefe.

Walther P38

Sappensly (Robert Webber) and several other gangsters carry Walther P38 pistols.

Walther P38 - 9mm
Sappensly draws his P38.
One of Max's men walks through the hotel room with P38 drawn.
Max's gangster is shot by Bennie.

Single Action Army

Some of El Jefe's bodyguards carry Single Action Army revolvers.

Colt Single Action Army w/ 5" barrel known as the "Artillery" model - .45 Long Colt
A guard with a SAA in his holster checks Bennie's basket.
Two of El Jefe's bodyguards fire SAAs at Bennie.

Smith & Wesson M1917

One of the bikers (Kris Kristofferson) draws a Smith & Wesson M1917 on Bennie and Elita.

Smith & Wesson M1917 Revolver (military issue with lanyard ring) - .45 acp
The biker draws his M1917 as he sings.
The biker drops his M1917 when Bennie shoots him.

Colt Detective Special

The other biker carries a Colt Detective Special, which Bennie is able to take from him.

Colt Detective Special - .38 Special
The other biker with his Detective Special.
Bennie shoots a biker.

Smith & Wesson Model 28

The two men that beat up Bennie and Elita and steal Alfredo Garcia's head each have a Smith & Wesson Model 28.

Smith & Wesson Model 28 Combat Magnum - .357 Magnum
One of the men ducks with his Model 28.
One of Bennie's assailants gets shot with his Model 28.
A bounty hunter points his Model 28 at Bennie.
The bounty hunter falls after he is shot.

Submachine Guns

Thompson M1921

Johnny Quill (Gig Young) uses a Thompson M1921 (minus the rifle stock and carried with a sling) to mow down the members of Garcia's family who confront Bennie about the head. One of El Jefe's bodyguards fires at Bennie's car with one in the finale.

Colt M1921AC Thompson with 20-round magazine - .45 ACP.
Quill (Gig Young) fires the Thompson.
Quill (Gig Young) fires the Thompson.
Quill (Gig Young) falls with the Thompson after a Mexican shoots him.
Quill (Gig Young) dies, Thompson in hand.
One of El Jefe's guards fires the Thompson at Bennie.
Looking down the barrel of a Thompson in the final shot of the film.


Winchester Model 1892

The members of Alfredo Garcia's family who go looking for Bennie have Winchester Model 1892 rifles. El Jefe's bodyguards also carry Winchester '92s.

Winchester 1892 -.32WCF/.38-40/.44-40/.25-20.
Garcia's family surround Bennie with Winchesters.
One of Garcia's family members aims a Winchester at Bennie.
A Model '92 is thrust into Bennie's back.
The lever of the same '92.
Two Winchester-toting gunmen are shot by Quill.
A man drops his Winchester as he falls down the hill after being shot.
One of El Jefe's guards questions Bennie at the gate.
El Jefe's bodyguards fire at Bennie.


Double-Barreled Shotgun

One of the Garcia's family members carries a 12 Gauge Double Barreled Shotgun when confronting Bennie.

Savage/Stevens 311A Shotgun - 12 Gauge

The old man waves at the passing bus with his shotgun.

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