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5.0 out of 5 stars Getting away with it
One of the many things that gives 1972's The Getaway the edge over its now almost-forgotten remake is that, unlike Alec Baldwin, Steve McQueen doesn't act like a movie star - he is a movie star. From the days when cool was what you were, not what you wore or owned, the plot itself is nothing special: Steve McQueen's bank robber is sprung from jail to pull a job with wife...
Published on 7 Mar 2009 by Trevor Willsmer

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3.0 out of 5 stars Not Good Transfer Wise
Steve McQueen stars in this crime thriller as Doc McCoy, a tough guy who pulls off a robbery with his wife Carol. The action is slow and the dialogue is just as slow, but this is a classic movie which enlisted the help of Walter Hill (The Warriors) and has a distinct atmosphere only McQueen can bring to the big screen.

This blu-ray is appalling - only a mono...
Published on 11 Jan 2009 by DL Productions UK


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5.0 out of 5 stars Getting away with it, 7 Mar 2009
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Trevor Willsmer (London, England) - See all my reviews
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One of the many things that gives 1972's The Getaway the edge over its now almost-forgotten remake is that, unlike Alec Baldwin, Steve McQueen doesn't act like a movie star - he is a movie star. From the days when cool was what you were, not what you wore or owned, the plot itself is nothing special: Steve McQueen's bank robber is sprung from jail to pull a job with wife Ali MacGraw and has to hightail it to Mexico with both the relentless double-crossing Al Lettieri and numerous Texas mobsters in hot pursuit. Like most chase thrillers, you've seen it before: it's what Peckinpah does with it that counts, and Peckinpah does plenty. Most of Peckinpah's usual trademarks can be found in the margins, from children's fascination with violence to the Hellfire and brimstone preacher whose radio sermon goes unheard, and the action scenes are superbly staged - especially the hotel shootout and the lovingly filmed shooting up of a police car - but just as importantly he keeps a clear focus on his characters. The film's emotional terrain is as harsh as the barren landscape the ensuing chase is set against, with the odds on McQueen and MacGraw's marriage making it just as touch-and-go as whether they will make it across the border in one piece, their road to possible marital redemption through ordeal mirrored with the fast-track to Hell that hostage couple Sally Struthers and Jack Dodson take chauffeuring Lettieri's perverse wounded animal on their trail.

It's probably Sam Peckinpah's last truly successful film before self-indulgence, laziness and too much booze and drugs took their toll on his work. True, it's a purely commercial piece that has none of the personal passion that drove The Wild Bunch or The Ballad of Cable Hogue, but it's put together with a level of genuine artistry that's way above the norm for the genre: the editing of the first twenty minutes alone, with its freeze-frames and non-linear structure, is remarkably adventurous and successful. Both perfectly representing the state of mind and frustration and disorientation of McQueen's character in a way that is both complex and yet entirely accessible and transforming what could have been bog-standard exposition into something much more memorable, it's strikingly effective. Far more entertaining than it has any right to be.

(On an incidental note, although Walter Hill claimed that little of his screenplay made it to the screen (the bleak ending of Jim Thompson's novel is replaced by a much sweeter and more optimistic one), it's interesting to note how much of the film he would rework in his own The Driver, from the destruction of a car in a key setpiece to the train sequence with a very (un)lucky bagman.)

Warners' 2.35:1 widescreen DVD is a good transfer, with a brief 'virtual commentary' by Peckinpah and the two stars drawn from radio interviews, a full-length commentary by Peckinpah biographers and the film's strikingly awful original theatrical trailer. The extras are carried over to the region-free Blu ray, which also includes a documentary on composer Jerry Fielding's relationship with Peckinpah, an isolated score track for his unused score (sadly not mixed into the film proper, though the Blu Ray does include the bank robbery sequence with Fielding's score as an extra) and trailers for The Wild Bunch, The Ballad of Cable Hogue, Ride the High Country and Pat Garrett and Billy the Kid.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars 1972 Sam Peckinpah classic, 20 Feb 2009
This review is from: The Getaway [HD DVD] (HD DVD)
This 1972 movie directed by Sam Peckinpah and starring Steve McQueen as Doc McCoy and Ali MacGraw as his wife gets played on my dvd player regularly when i get boozed up. It is essentially the tale of a recently-sprung convict who must perform a bank robbery to pay back a character named Beynon who has pulled strings to spring him from prison. Everything that can go wrong does go wrong in this perfect robbery so we have this genre film that never slows up.

The film (penned by Walter Hill), however, is also about a marriage, its ups and downs, what can go wrong, how a cuckolded husband handles his wife's infidelity. .etc. Certainly the best thing in the movie is McQueen's usual understated performance. While he is not Marlon Brando, he doesn't have to be. A man of few words, he acts with both his face and body. Initially I thought Ali MacGraw (famous in the 1970's) was going to be only mildly pretty with a great mane of hair, but she does rise to the occasion and is quite good as the wife who makes the sacrifice of adultery to get her husband out of jail. The scenes between this couple work and sometimes sizzle; the fact that they were having an affair off-screen during the filming of "The Getaway" probably didn't hurt either. (MacGraw left her husband Robert Evans and married McQueen soon after the completion of the movie.)

As we would expect from the director of the over-rated "Straw Dogs" and the brilliant "The Wild Bunch", The Getaway has enough violence for the most bloodthirsty viewer. This is, after all, a film about a bank robbery. On the other hand, McCoy appears to be a decent man if only left alone, if you disregard his profession. He only kills when absolutely necessary. The music, cinematography and the editing are second to none.

The amazing extras on this version are an audio commentary from DVD producer Nick Redman and authors Paul Seydor, Garner Simmons and David Weddle. Also a 'Virtual' audio commentary with 1973 radio recordings of Steve McQueen, Ali MacGraw and Sam Peckinpah discussing the movie.
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21 of 23 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The best Steve McQueen film ever., 4 Jan 2001
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This review is from: The Getaway [DVD] (DVD)
For me this is by far his best film. In my opinion it typifies Steve's maverick nature. You know what? I can really imagine him playing this role in real life, if he had to. The man was so magnetic, what we in England call "A man's man." A role model for every wouldbe, wannabe renegade. The kind of guy who only takes what he has to take, and as soon as he's had enough he lets you know. This film is special. Now and then you get a perfect match of director, Sam Peckinpah, with actor, Steve McQueen, and you've got something worth having. Like Ford and Wayne. Capra and Stewart. Added to this is a fine screenplay by Walter Hill from a Jim Thompson novel. This was the movie in which Steve and Ali MacGraw met and fell in love. Ali was the wife of Producer Robert Evans, who surely wouldn't have let Ali do the film had he known that Steve was a teenage idol of hers. Anyway, as Steve had already left his first wife Neile, the inevitable happened and Evans was history. Let me tell you about the machinations within the cast. Sam Peckinpah was, to say the least, a little bit volcanic in temperament, and in Steve I think he found a kindred spirit. The lead baddie, Rudy Butler, played by Al Lettieri (remember him as Salozzo in The Godfather?) A real mean looking S.O.B. Originally Peckinpah wanted Richard Bright to play this part, but Steve objected on the grounds that in real life Bright was the same size as him, and so Bright did not present a perceived physical threat. Bright, however, got a smaller part in the film as the sneak thief who lifts the bag of loot from Ali at the train station. Also in the film were other friends of Peck's - Ben Johnson as Jack Benyon, and Slim Pickens with a fine cameo at the end of the movie. Both of these guys, incidentally, were cowboy/rodeo riders, as was the recently deceased Richard Farnsworth, who reprised Pickens' role in the dreadful Baldwin re-make. (That film was a little like repainting the Mona Lisa with a paint by numbers set). I can highly recommend this film, a real classic. I love one of Steve's opening lines. Carter "Doc" McCoy has been in prison for some time, and his wife Carol, visits him. As the tension is almost tangible he says, "Get to Benyon, tell him I'm for sale. His price. Do it now." Carol somehow gets her wires crossed, sleeps with Benyon, and as Benyon is on the parole board, Doc's parole is amazingly granted. Thing is, Doc only intended for Carole to relay a simple message, without the dessert. When he finds out its enough to make any battered wife feel well treated in comparison!! Enjoy this film. If you're a McQueen fan and you haven't already seen this, you'll love it.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Peckinpah and McQueen fuse together for tough outlaw road movie., 23 Mar 2013
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This review is from: The Getaway [DVD] (DVD)
Based on Jim Thompson's novel, The Getaway finds director Sam Peckinpah, and king of cool actor Steve McQueen, turning to hard grit drama after the sedate splendour of Junior Bonner earlier in the year.

Doc McCoy is released early from prison due to some string pulling from influential gangster Jack Benyon, however it comes under condition that McCoy pulls off a bank robbery for the gruff smarmy Benyon. Thus the seed is sown for double crosses, murder, cross country pursuits, adultery, and carnage Peckinpah style.

Steve McQueen is excellent as McCoy, few actors can claim to look so good when popping off a pump action shotgun, or shooting a pistol complete with arm recoil, and here he has Peckinpah to maximise the damage whilst poetically portraying the slow-mo death sequences. Al Lettieri is vile thug Rudy Butler who is in hot pursuit of McCoy & his wife Carol, a wonderful weasel turn full of cold abusive charm that reeks of menace. Sadly the film is let down a touch by the performance of Ali MacGraw as Carol, it's a terribly wooden performance that threatens to undo all the good things in the film, but luckily McQueen manages to ease her thru the production to minimise the damage.

This of course is the film where both of them fell madly in love and ended up getting married to each other, the chemistry is good, but it's just that MacGraw's delivery of her lines lacks emotion or fortitude. Peckinpah disagreed with the critics of the time, even sending a letter to MacGraw praising her efforts. However when she turned up for the shoot unable to drive a car, he was less than pleased since her character was the getaway driver!

Full of fine sequences and bloody scenarios, it stands up as a real good Sam Peckinpah picture, it's a kind of city set western where the outlaws are actually coming across as heroes. We get pulled into this couple's world and we want so much for them to achieve their goals, so add that feeling to the gritty structure of the story and you get a real enjoyable piece benefiting from great work from director and charismatic leading man alike. 8/10
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12 of 15 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Not Good Transfer Wise, 11 Jan 2009
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Steve McQueen stars in this crime thriller as Doc McCoy, a tough guy who pulls off a robbery with his wife Carol. The action is slow and the dialogue is just as slow, but this is a classic movie which enlisted the help of Walter Hill (The Warriors) and has a distinct atmosphere only McQueen can bring to the big screen.

This blu-ray is appalling - only a mono DTS track has been provided, with 192kbps bitrate. Yes, there are other languages and a commentary track, otherwise this is pretty bad. There are subtitles in most of the major languages, which will redeem the disk for some people.

The image quality isn't bad for the age of the movie, but it's not good either, with darker edges on the side of the screen, and it just looking rather dreary, unsaturated, and rather washed out. The bitrate is pretty low too, barely reaching 16Mbits. Pity as this did look pretty promising.

There are few extras with extra parts of the movie, mainly stuff off other reels - great for fans but not really appealing to passers by. There are no documentaries.

A real let down, shame as it's a classic.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Classic Steve Mcqueen film, 21 Jun 2014
This review is from: The Getaway [DVD] (DVD)
This is one of my all time favourite Mcqueen films, the plot may not be fantastic but its easy viewing, just what I sometimes want, never get fed up watching it, Steve is charasmatic, he never has to say or do very much, but his screen presence is awsome. Super film.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fabulous Blu-Ray!, 13 Feb 2014
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Stunning picture! One of the best blu-rays ever! Get the hands on this one before it's to late! Seen it three times already...
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5.0 out of 5 stars Ali and Steve great stuff, 3 Aug 2014
This review is from: The Getaway [DVD] (DVD)
Following reading The Cooler King. I wanted to see how good an actor McQueen was. This film is a great trip to enjoy. Lots of action and the obvious lust that the two leads have for each other. Great entertainment.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Get away!!, 11 Nov 2012
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Good film;but then, McQueen didnt make many bad films, did he?? Many thanks for the DVD.Would do business with you again
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5.0 out of 5 stars Get to Benyon. Tell him I'm for sale., 4 Dec 2002
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D. M. Tolley (Yorkshire, UK) - See all my reviews
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While not Steve McQueen's best film ever, this is still a fantastic movie, and Ali McGraw gives an acceptable performance as his wife. The action sequences are still impressive, as are the other characters, and it has the same rawness that made films such as Dirty Harry and The French Connection so great. A must for fans of Steve McQueen and Sam Peckinpah, but still a good buy for those who are not
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