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Budd Boetticher

Budd Boetticher

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Also Known As: Died: November 29, 2001
Born: July 29, 1916 Cause of Death: multiple organ failure
Birth Place: Chicago, Illinois Profession: Director ...
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"They asked me a couple years ago in France, 'Mr Boetticher, why are your Westerns better than anybody else's?' I thought, well, that's very nice to say when you think of Ford and Wellman and Hawks and the really great directors, and I said probably because everything you see in my Westerns is true. It could happen. In Sturges' picture ("Gunfight at the OK Corral"), he's got the four guys at the OK Corral walking down the middle of the street! You could have killed them with a bucket of hot water, for Christ's sake!" --Budd Boetticher to Moviemaker, January 1998.

"Sam Peckinpah was never my friend. Andrew Sarris wrote a piece: 'Whatever happened to Budd Boetticher? The last time I heard of him he was on his way to Mexico City to make a bullfighting picture ... Doesn't anybody realize that Peckinpah copied everything Boetticher did?' Well, 'Major Dundee' came to Mexico City and I was writing 'Two Mules for Sister Sara' down there. Sam sent a limousine over one day and I met him at the Del Prado Hotel. It was Sunday afternoon and Sam was into his third Bloody Mary ... Here I am dead broke, trying to finish 'Arruza', and here's Peckinpah, riding high, and he walks towards me with a Bloody Mary in his hand and he says, 'Mr. Boetticher, I just want you to know that I've seen 'Bullfighter and the Lady' 10 times.' I said, 'Really? What a wonderful way to start a friendship. What do you think of my Westerns?' He said, 'I've never seen one.' Bullshit! He really didn't like me. But he was a great director." --quoted in Moviemaker, January 1998.

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