Sam Peckinpah: Articles

'Affliction' Movie: Nick Nolte-James Coburn Acting Duel in Dysfunctional Family Drama

'Affliction' movie: Nick Nolte as psychotic police officer Wade Whitehouse. 'Affliction' movie: Great-looking psychological drama fails to coalesce Set in a snowy New Hampshire town, Affliction could have been an excellent depiction of a dysfunctional family's cycle of violence and how that is accentuated by rapid, destabilizing socioeconomic changes. Unfortunately, […]

Will Smith 'The Wild Bunch' Remake?

Will Smith: The Wild Bunch remake (image: Will Smith in After Earth) Will Smith has been mentioned in connection with Focus, the caper tale that was to have starred Ben Affleck and Kristen Stewart, and is to star in Edward Zwick's Hurricane Katrina drama The American Can. But that's not […]

'Straw Dogs' Review: Infamous Rape Scene

Dustin Hoffman, Susan George, Straw Dogs If there has ever been a more over-interpreted and misinterpreted film than director Sam Peckinpah's 1971 drama Straw Dogs, I've yet to encounter it. Citizen Kane and 2001: A Space Odyssey have had more ink spilled over them, but most of the ideas tossed […]

Alfred Hitchcock & Sam Peckinpah, Hayley Mills & Pola Negri: Packard Movies

A victim in Alfred Hitchcock's 1972 thriller Frenzy What do Alfred Hitchcock, Sam Peckinpah, Hayley Mills, and Pola Negri have in common? Well, all four film celebrities will have their work featured this week at the Library of Congress Packard Campus for Audio Visual Conservation in Culpeper, Va. Note: Hitchcock […]

'Major Dundee' Review: Sam Peckinpah Meets Charlton Heston

Sam Peckinpah's 1965 Western Major Dundee is a near-great film that has a checkered history. The tale of its mangling by its studio, Columbia, which took it out of Peckinpah's hands is as well known as the butchery that accompanied Erich von Stroheim's Greed, and Orson Welles' The Magnificent Ambersons […]