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  • Actors: Ryan O'Neal, Bruce Dern, Isabelle Adjani, Matt Clark, Ronee Blakley
  • Directors: Walter Hill
  • Format: PAL
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: Studiocanal
  • DVD Release Date: 23 Oct. 2006
  • Run Time: 87 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (57 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000HEVTOA
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 22,911 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

Reviews

Walter Hill directs this comedy-thriller in which Ryan O'Neal plays the Driver, an ice-cool getaway ace whose skills are for hire. Bruce Dern is the detective who becomes obsessed with catching him. The more O'Neal leaves tantalising clues at the crime scenes, the more Dern becomes a man possessed with catching his prey. Isabelle Adjani also stars.

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4.5 out of 5 stars

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25 of 26 people found the following review helpful By Mr. Haseebuddin Ahmad on 3 May 2004
Format: DVD
Walter Hill's second directorial feature is a tough, hard-hitting, existential thriller in which there are no clear-cut heroes. The Driver (Ryan O'Neal) drives robbers away from the scene of the crime and The Detective (Bruce Dern) is a maverick, obssessed with nailing the Driver and ready to use any means necessary, even if it means breaking the rules. He hires a couple of lowlifes to lure the Driver into a trap, but when this backfires, things get hotter and the bait is the proceeds of a bank robbery.
This film contains two enthralling car chases which punctuate both the beginning and end. Hill has done an efficient job in directing these action sequences, capturing the true essence of what it feels like to be inside a car which is speeding down the streets of LA. The rest of the movie is just as good, as Dern closes in on O'Neal and imposes a threatening presence on him and the Player (Isabelle Adjani), a mysterious woman who is attracted by the Driver's dangerous lifestyle.
Both O'Neal and Dern are very good as the antagonists. Overall, The Driver has a gritty feel to it and some nice, suspenseful moments, especially towards the end of the climactic auto chase. The ending has a neat twist, too.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Bazza on 30 Sept. 2014
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This is one of my favourite movies. I saw it on the big screen in 1978, & it blew me away. Not since BULLITT & THE SEVEN UPS, had I seen such full on realism involving a car chase. The DRIVER packs two. The Pontiac Transam pursuit which is featured as the culminating climax is, even today, unmatched for rising excitment.
Ryan O Neil (not my favourite actor) gives a good performance as the enigmatic Cowboy, Bruce Dern gives an excellent performance as a slightly unhinged Police officer hell bent on nailing the Cowboy, with some highly dubious tactics. Isabelle Adjani provides the female interest, however, her character is shaded in mystery, but you are left with the feeling She has a highly chequered past.
This I believe was Walter Hill's second big movie project, & he pulls out all the stops.
The saturated neon city at night, provides the back drop for the events taking place on screen. Philip Lathrop's cinematography gets it bang on the mark.
This is the film that's got Micheal Mann all over it, except, Hill did it first. It's the movie DRIVE wants to be, but fails.
Its looking great in this BLUERAY transfer, too. Probably better than it looked at my local 'Flea pit' cinema.
This is a must buy for any fan of Walter Hill, film Noir, or just great action cinema.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Trevor Willsmer HALL OF FAMETOP 100 REVIEWER on 19 Jun. 2014
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Forget all recent pretenders, The Driver is THE great getaway drive and Walter Hill's best movie by far. It's a simple story about a duel of nerves as much as wits where the loot is irrelevant and the challenge is everything, played out by iconic characters known only by their jobs - cop, driver, player. Ryan O'Neal is the best getaway driver in the business who's never been caught, locking antlers with Bruce Dern's obsessive cop who is more than willing to break the law to take him down, even setting up a robbery so he can catch him with the loot. Along the way there are a few twists and turns, a couple of cold-blooded shocks and three of the most remarkable - yet never ludicrously over the top - car chases ever filmed. It's not always entirely realistic, but its nocturnal world of reflective surfaces, flexible morals and inflexible professional ethics creates its own believable world that draws you in and never lets you go.

Hill had been an assistant director on Bullitt, and even cast that film's mute witness Felice Orlandi as one of the cops, but there's a lot more to the film than just great car chases or an effortlessly cool atmosphere. His direction is immaculate, visually imaginative but controlled and contained, never showing off: like his characters, it's about doing the job better than anyone else without breaking a sweat. Pared to the bone, it's a classic example of show, don't tell, which makes it all the more surprising to find an alternate opening on Twilight Time's limited edition Blu-ray that spells out things in very black and white terms.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Spike Owen TOP 500 REVIEWER on 10 Jan. 2014
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The Driver is written and directed by Walter Hill. It stars Ryan O'Neil, Bruce Dern, Isabelle Adjani and Ronee Blakley. Music is by Michael Small and cinematography by Phillip H. Lathrop.

A determined cop pursues an enigmatic getaway driver through the crooked streets of Los Angeles...

It's most amusing to now be able to look back at some of the reviews for The Driver back on its initial release. Without wishing to sound like a smarty pants myself of course, but some of them simply didn't get it, they didn't understand that Ryan O'Neil's character was meant to be one note, unreadable and dissociated from society. There is a reason that the principal characters don't have names, they are simply known as The Driver, The Detective and The Player, the core emotional worth of these people is a key aspect to the film's strength. Where The Driver is emotionless and not for shaking, The Detective is a coiled spring waiting to explode, a law enforcer willing to do anything to capture his Moby Dick.

Much of the plaudits that come the film's way tend to focus on the car action, which is perfectly understandable. The chase sequences are kinetic, the trial runs exhilarating, this is quite simply a fast car lovers dream as the stunt team lay fire to the streets of L.A. It's also an influential film into the bargain, however, this is not purely an exercise in action over substance. For sure the story line is simple, but the themes simmering away are anything but simple. The thin line between law and lawlessness is observed, between calm and chaos there is but a hair's breadth, the grey areas vivid in their textures. This is a cat and mouse thriller with a difference, even daring to risk the viewer's ire with a crafty and low-key finale.
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