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Drama - Crime

The Getaway (1972)


Duration 2h 3m Rating (UK) X
Source of story A book of the same name by Jim Thompson who was employed initially to develop the screenplay
Director Sam Peckinpah
Writers/Script Walter Hill
Starring Steve McQueen, Ali MacGraw, Sally Struthers, Ben Johnson, Al Lettieri, Slim Pickens, Richard Bright, Dub Taylor

Elevator Pitch: Doc McCoy, is a professional bank robber doing time, but frustrated by the inaction, and so he gets his wife to approach a businessman with influence to arrange his parole. It is done but the businessman requires that in return he will rob a bank (not to mention what he requires of the wife). The robbery takes place but things go awry from the start leaving Doc and his wife on the run and the other surviving thief, Rudy, also heading for the rendezvous in El Paso with a vet and his wife as hostages.

Content:  No actual sex or nudity although the vet’s wife carresses the barrel of the Rudy’s handgun suggestively. There are a number of shootouts, starting in the bank. Later at the rendezvous Rudy, is shot by Doc when he attempts a double cross. Rudy survives and gets a vet to tend to his gunshot. It is implied that he and the vet’s wife have sex, forcing the vet to watch. Doc and his wife are chased across the country at times losing contro of the bag of money, and finally there is a showdown in El Paso.

A View: This film was not all that well thought of by the critics, although I don’t really know why not, it is head and shoulders above much of what is produced today. From the moment that Doc agrees to carry out the robbery the tension seldom lets up, and Doc with a twelve bore seems to be a match for anything the opposition put into the field, although he would have had to have very large pockets for the number of cartridges he used. Well worth the very moderate cost of a download.

Additional Info: At the time of the casting Ali MacGraw was married to Robert Evans the studio boss, who had cast her in “Love Story”, but left him for McQueen during the filming of the Getaway.


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Author of this site three technical books and two novels


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