The Getaway 1972

The Getaway

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The Getaway sees Sam Peckinpah and Steve McQueen, the kings of violence and cool, working at full throttle.

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When convict Doc McCoy (Steve McQueen) is refused parole, he enlists his wife, Carol (Ali MacGraw), to strike a deal with crooked Texan Jack Benyon (Ben Johnson), who agrees to pull strings for Doc in return for his help on one last bank heist. The job is a success, but Benyon's men betray Doc, and he and Carol must take off across Texas with the money, running from both the law and other criminals, aiming to get to Mexico before they're caught, or worse, killed.

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Critic Reviews for The Getaway

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  • Jul 05, 2017
    Reading about all of the production problems with Sam Peckinpah's The Getaway it's easy to understand why the film is so flawed. Too much drinking by members of the cast and director, a lifeless performance by the insecure Ali McGraw and several other issues plagued the production. Peckinpah, drunk or not, though, can still film excellent action scenes and that's probably why The Getaway has such a loyal following since its release in 1972. Overall, though, this is a massive disappointment. Consider that McGraw and Steve McQueen fell in love during the production (they later married) and Peckinpah was unable to capture that real-life chemistry on-camera. That must have been some cheap tequila Peckeinpah was on.
    Aldo G Super Reviewer
  • Feb 03, 2016
    Steve McQueen and Ali Macgraw light it up in this unusual tale wherein the bad guys and gals are the best thing going, in true Peckinpah style. Vibrant with charisma, this feels as fresh as if they shot it yesterday. Simply loved this.
    Kevin M. W Super Reviewer
  • Jun 05, 2014
    Sam Peckinpah's visceral direction was unique in the sense that he always managed to craft pictures that were riveting, tense, brutal and exciting. Often imitated, but never matched, Peckinpah's was a director that knew how to successfully craft a picture that struck a chord with its audience, and he always managed to steadily build up the tension. I've previously only seen Straw Dogs, and that film was a highly memorable picture that was hard to forget. That is the case with The Getaway, managing to be a riveting cinematic experience with effective, pulse pounding direction from a standout director and elevated by a powerful cast that is headed by the late great Steve McQueen, who delivers one of his finest performances of his career. What makes the Getaway work so well is the taut direction, the steady pace of the story that takes its time to set things up so that you are drawn more and more into the film, and the great performances. The Getaway manages to be a riveting heist picture, one that ranks among the finest in the genre, as well as being one of the classics that has yet to be matched. Peckinpah is a skilled craftsman when it comes to making great movies, and with this film, he pulls out every trick to create something that is highly engaging from start to finish. The Getaway is a tense, action packed thriller, one that is a standout picture well worth your time. I very much enjoyed this picture and I highly recommend this film to anyone looking for a blistering heist film to watch. With effective direction, and memorable action and phenomenal performances The Getaway is one of the finest heist films ever filmed. Sam Peckinpah is a director who can successfully construct something memorable using the simplest of ideas. If you break down this picture, it's that complex, but it's a film that is brilliantly executed due to a sharp script, great cast and sharp direction.
    Alex r Super Reviewer
  • Feb 07, 2013
    I found the opening 10 minutes painfully slow, the music score sometimes risible (and sometimes sublime), the amount of obvious ADR distracting, and at least one of the performances terrible (Sally Struthers please stand up) . But but but. There is so much here that works beautifully - the story, central performances and visual style at the forefront.
    Daniel P Super Reviewer

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