The Driver (1978)
Average Rating: 7.2/10
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Release Date: Jun 8, 1978 Wide
Average Rating: 3.6/5
User Ratings: 4,044
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
Jun 8, 1978 Wide
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.
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.
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]
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.
The most direct manifestation of Walter Hill's continuous desire to remake Pickpocket
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.
Stripped-down thriller about compromised car thief.
An all-time great action movie. Hill's existential musings are made palpable with the soulful performances by O'Neal and Adjani.
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