The Getaway (1972)
Average Rating: 7/10
Reviews Counted: 19
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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
Dec 13, 1972 Limited
May 31, 2005
Warner Bros. Pictures
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The action and the violence of The Getaway are supported by no particular themes whatsoever. The movie just unravels.
It's like one of those devices for executive desks, with the stainless steel balls on the strings: It functions with great efficiency but doesn't accomplish anything.
...ultimately comes off as an above-average thriller that's elevated by the inclusion of several electrifying sequences and an expectedly charismatic turn from Steve McQueen.
...it's Al Lettieri who practically steals the show from McQueen..... He was one of Hollywood's most memorable bad guys. (HD-DVD Edition)
The Getaway scores a triple play: It's a good character examination, a good relationship study, and a good action flick.
Relentlessly depicts ruthless robbery and murder, not to mention adultery, kidnaping, bribery, extortion, and general mayhem. The vivid direction and lightning pace, however, make the film completely fascinating.
Tough as nails and very effective.
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