If They Move... Kill 'Em!: The Life and Times of Sam Peckinpah

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Grove Press, 2000 - Biography & Autobiography - 578 pages
The only major biography of Sam Peckinpah in print, David Weddle's If They Move...Kill 'Em! tells the wild story of Peckinpah's life with novelistic verve and does justice to one of the most important bodies of work in American cinema. Born into a clan of lumberjacks, ranchers, and frontier lawyers, David Samuel Peckinpah served in the Marines and then made his way to Hollywood, where he worked on a string of low-budget features before being hired as a writer for Gunsmoke in 1955. Quickly becoming the hottest writer in television, Peckinpah went on to direct a phenomenal series of features, including Ride the High Country, Straw Dogs, The Getaway, Pat Garrett and Billy the Kid, and The Wild Bunch. The life he led -- glamorous, wild, and beset by personal demons -- is as vivid as his films. A hopeless romantic and a grim nihilist, inspiration to such luminaries as DePalma, Scorsese, and Tarantino, Sam Peckinpah was an audacious American original. If They Move...Kill 'Em! is his wild and woolly story.

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'IF THEY MOVE, KILL 'EM!': The Life and Times of Sam Peckinpah

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Film critic Weddle's first book is a comprehensive, if somewhat overwritten, biography of a legendary Hollywood maverick. Sam Peckinpah's (19251984) career is yet another monument to the ... Read full review

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Known for violent action films such as The Wild Bunch (1969), Peckinpah was dismissed by many critics during his lifetime but is now receiving serious critical attention. The publisher bills this as ... Read full review

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Oh Another Black Peckinpah
The Prodigious Interloper
You Cant Kill a Memory That Way
The Bastard Son of John Ford
MobyDick on Horseback
On the Beach
The Wild Bunch
Images They Cant Forget
Caught in the Spotlight
Into the Abyss
It Aint Like It Used to Be ButItll Do

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