(1 thru 20) IMDb’s profile of Peckinpah, derived from “an interview with Jim Silke.” (http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0001603/bio)
Of The Treasure of the Sierra Madre: “…which he called ‘possibly the finest motion picture ever made…’”
Of La Strada: “…a film that he named as one he would have liked to have made…”
(21 and 22) Mentioned as films he’s loved or admired. (http://parallax-view.org/2010/04/23/a-privilege-to-work-in-films-sam-peckinpah-among-friends/) Here he also says that he likes the films of Sergio Leone but doesn’t specify any idividual pieces.
Of Red River: “…I really loved Red River until the ending—the phony arrow in the chest, and the chick.” (when asked what Westerns he enjoyed)
Of Walkabout: “Glad to agree with you about Walkabout because I saw it and loved the picture, and I just got done acting with Jenny [Agutter].” (when discussing the issues of marketing The Ballad of Cable Hogue, Roeg’s film and White Dawn were mentioned as being in a similar state of having trouble finding an audience)