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The Driver (1978)


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Release Date: Jun 8, 1978 Wide



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Walter Hill's stripped down neo-noir features a protagonist who makes the laconic boxer of the director's similar Hard Times (1974) seem logorrheic by comparison. The film's tone is set in the opening scene as the Driver (Ryan O'Neal) gloms a V-8 sedan and proceeds to whip through claustrophobic parking garages, narrow alleyways, and sundry other high-risk macadam, as he demonstrates why he's known as the best getaway driver in the business to some potential clients, before giving his vehicle a


Mystery & Suspense, Drama

Walter Hill

Jun 7, 2005

Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment

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A precursor to Michael Mann's early work, The Driver is a lean and moody urban thriller that boasts a number of superior car chase sequences. Essential modern noir.

August 28, 2013 Full Review Source: Flix Capacitor
Flix Capacitor

Bruce Dern, merely one of the best actors of the 1970s, is in his element here as an arrogant cop with a Cheshire-cat grin.

August 17, 2013 Full Review Source: Creative Loafing
Creative Loafing

Hill has remained a steadily stylish presence in the idiom of action cinema. His genres of concern tend to be the Western and the urban crime drama, and the twain meet in neo-noir The Driver. [Blu-ray]

August 8, 2013 Full Review Source: Groucho Reviews
Groucho Reviews

Even a claustrophobic vision is preferable to none at all, and I want to like Hill's movies. But The Driver is almost impossible to travel with.

September 18, 2010 Full Review Source: Parallax View
Parallax View

The most direct manifestation of Walter Hill's continuous desire to remake Pickpocket

February 5, 2010 Full Review Source: CinePassion

By the end of The Driver you might wonder if you were in a car accident.

April 29, 2008 Full Review Source: Ozus' World Movie Reviews
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A terrific neo-noir that was sadly dumped by its studio in the summer of 1978. Filled with exciting car chases and cynical, hard-boiled exchanges.

October 21, 2005
Fantastica Daily

Stripped-down thriller about compromised car thief.

July 12, 2005
Film Journal International

An all-time great action movie. Hill's existential musings are made palpable with the soulful performances by O'Neal and Adjani.

July 25, 2002
Matinee Magazine

Audience Reviews for The Driver

Walter Hill's The Driver is a pulse pounding neo noir action thriller that is bold, riveting, raw and in your face. With great characterization and flair of well executed action sequences, this picture is an entertaining affair that is one of the finest films in the genre. Ryan O'Neal is in one of his best roles here and Bruce Dern is great as the Detective hot on his trail. An intense game of cat and mouse follows and is a riveting piece of cinema that is sure to engage the hardened film buff. The plot is simple, but sometimes you can pull off something great with basic ideas, and that's the case with The Driver. Walter Hill uses the basics at his disposal and creates something truly exciting. From the first frame onwards, this is a taut, exciting film that is a must see for anyone looking for something truly original to watch. Films like this are rare, and 1970's action thrillers are just a bit more riveting due to the fact that they used less elaborate sequences as big explosions and quick cut scenes. The Driver is an accomplished action thriller with wonderful performances and great directing from Walter Hill, who has always crafted entertaining and worthwhile pictures that are sleek, stylish and lots of fun to watch. The Driver is a near flawless movie that is certain to delight 1970's cinema fans. This is a well crafted picture that relies on good old fashioned storytelling and well thought out action to give the viewer something truly riveting to watch. The Driver is one of the finest films of the genre, and it is a movie that really delivers an exciting hour and a half of one of a kind action thrills. This is a powerful work of cinema from director Walter Hill and one that you shouldn't pass up.
June 14, 2013
Jeff "The Dude" Lebowski

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Veteran badass Walter Hill creates another incredibly enjoyable and delightfully dated crime thriller. Ryan O'Neal is fantastic as the mild-mannered getaway driver and his counterpart Bruce Dern is equally enjoyable as the morally ambivalent and devilishly persistent cop. Hill's Los Angeles is dark, gritty, and replete with swanky bars and dimly-lit parking garages. Yet, perhaps the best parts of the film are the chase scenes. The fluid editing and Hill's ability to capture seemingly every conceivable angle of the chase, makes for quite an enthralling experience. However, the movie is not without its problems. The acting, while minimal, isn't the smoothest from the supporting cast. Also, due to the opening scene and the ice cool demeanor of the protagonist, Refn's Drive no longer feels so original. But in the end, one cannot help but love the ride that Hill's Driver takes us on.
January 4, 2012
Reid Volk

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Old school action car chase goodness. Just badass stunt drivers doing their thing. O'Neal is the usual prototype no-bullshit attitude you expect from a protagonist in a Hill flick. Having Adjani doesn't hurt things, neither Dern as the cop.
September 2, 2011
Tsubaki Sanjuro

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An interesting story for the most part, and O'Neal is pretty good in it, but the movie is slow and boring for the most part. There are also some good scenes, though, so I'll just say it's okay.
January 6, 2011

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