Getaway (1972)
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  • Getaway (1972)

Getaway (1972)

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Director: Sam Peckinpah

Cast: Sam Peckinpah, Steve McQueen, Ali MacGraw, Ben Johnson

     
 

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In Sam Peckinpah's version of Walter Hill's script, from Jim Thompson's novel, an ex-con and his wife go on the lam after a Texas bank heist. Denied parole after four well-behaved years, Doc McCoy (Steve McQueen) sends his wife Carol (See more details below

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In Sam Peckinpah's version of Walter Hill's script, from Jim Thompson's novel, an ex-con and his wife go on the lam after a Texas bank heist. Denied parole after four well-behaved years, Doc McCoy (Steve McQueen) sends his wife Carol (Ali MacGraw) to dirty politician Jack Benyon (Ben Johnson) to get him out of prison. Carol secures Doc's freedom, on the condition that he does one more bank job for Benyon. Doc and his accomplices Rudy (Al Lettieri) and Jackson (Bo Hopkins) get the cash, but Doc soon discovers how Rudy intends to keep it all for himself and how Carol convinced Benyon to get him sprung. While Rudy hijacks a veterinarian and his wife (Sally Struthers) to take him to get Doc in El Paso, Doc and Carol make their own embattled way south with the money, threatening to desert each other before reaching a trash dump rapprochement after a harrowing garbage truck episode. All sides converge in El Paso for a shootout, but trust a happily married old-timer (Slim Pickens) to help Doc and Carol have a future. With violence shot in his trademark balletic style, Peckinpah does not hide the damage that Doc can do, whether to a cop car or an enemy. Still, as in such other morally relative outlaw movies as Bonnie and Clyde (1967) and Peckinpah's western The Wild Bunch (1969), Doc may be a criminal and killer when necessary, but his and Carol's loyalty to each other elevates them above their crooked milieu. With its non-traditional traditional couple played by the then hot (and notoriously adulterous) stars McQueen and MacGraw, The Getaway was a substantial hit. It was lackadaisically remade with Alec Baldwin and Kim Basinger in 1994.

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Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide
From the groundbreaking Wild Bunch to the fascinating Bring Me the Head of Alfredo Garcia, Sam Peckinpah's list of achievements between 1969 and 1974 rivals that of any other American director of the time. In the middle of this watershed period was The Getaway, a film originally intended to be directed by Peter Bogdanovich. Ostensibly a standard heist flick, The Getaway is one of the most underrated crime thrillers of the 1970s. Very much in keeping with the gritty, violent style of the time, the film is an entertaining blend of hard-boiled characterizations and suspenseful thrills. The Getaway paired two of the biggest sex symbols of the era, Steve McQueen and Ali MacGraw, who was fresh off her star-making performance in the weepy Love Story; they began a notorious love affair on the shoot, after which MacGraw divorced producer Robert Evans. The screenplay for The Getaway was the first picture based on a novel by noir writer Jim Thompson; the adaptation was by Walter Hill, who went on to become a successful action director.

Product Details

Release Date:
02/27/2007
UPC:
0085391136903
Original Release:
1972
Rating:
PG
Source:
Warner Home Video
Presentation:
[Wide Screen]
Time:
2:03:00
Sales rank:
7,583

Special Features

Commentary by Peckinpah biographers/; documentarians Nick Redman, Paul Seydor, Garner Simmons and David Weddle; "Virtual" Reel 1 commentary by Steve McQueen, Ali MacGraw and Sam Peckinpah; New featurette Main Title 1M1 Jerry Fielding, Sam Peckinpah and The Getaway; Reel 4 bank robbery sequence with alternate Jerry Fielding score; Audio-only bonus: alternate Jerry Fielding score; Sam Peckinpah movie trailer gallery

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Steve McQueen Doc McCoy
Ali MacGraw Carol McCoy
Ben Johnson Jack Benyon
Sally Struthers Fran Clinton
Al Lettieri Rudy
Slim Pickens Cowboy
Jack Dodson Harold Clinton
John Bryson Accountant
A.L. Camp Hardware-Store Owner
Dick Crockett Bank Guard
Bill Hart Swain
Roy Jenson Cully
Whitney Jones Soldier
Stacy Newton Stacy
Tom Runyon Hayhoe
Richard Bright Railroad Station Thief
Dub Taylor Laughlin
Bo Hopkins Frank Jackson

Technical Credits
Sam Peckinpah Director
Newt Arnold Asst. Director
Lucien Ballard Cinematographer
Mitchell Brower Producer
Garth Craven Sound/Sound Designer
David Foster Producer
Al Fleming Makeup
Angelo P. Graham Art Director
Don Guest Production Manager
Ted Haworth Art Director
Walter Hill Screenwriter
Bud Hulburd Special Effects
Quincy Jones Score Composer
Carey Loftin Stunts
George R. Nelson Set Decoration/Design
Jack Petty Makeup
Richard Portman Sound/Sound Designer
Roger Spottiswoode Editor
Ray Summers Costumes/Costume Designer
Charles M. Wilborn Sound/Sound Designer
Robert Wolfe Editor

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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Getaway
1. Chapter 1
2. Chapter 2
3. Chapter 3
4. Chapter 4
5. Chapter 5
6. Chapter 6
7. Chapter 7
8. Chapter 8
9. Chapter 9
10. Chapter 10
11. Chapter 11
12. Chapter 12
13. Chapter 13
14. Chapter 14
15. Chapter 15
16. Chapter 16
17. Chapter 17
18. Chapter 18
19. Chapter 19
20. Chapter 20
21. Chapter 21
22. Chapter 22
23. Chapter 23
24. Chapter 24
25. Chapter 25
26. Chapter 26
27. Chapter 27
28. Chapter 28
29. Chapter 29
30. Chapter 30
31. Chapter 31
32. Chapter 32
33. Chapter 33

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