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Thrilling Seventies Crime Film,
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This is a pretty straight forward crime film from Sam Peckinpah that is not his best but is gripping and violent. The couple on the run is nothing original it has been handled before in Gun Crazy and Bonnie and Clyde but Sam Peckinpah handles the material well from a script from Walter Hill (The Driver) this makes for solid entertainment. The film follows Carter "Doc" McCoy (McQueen) freshly released from jail to plan a heist of bank. The hesit goes well but when he is betrayed he goes on the with his wife and the cash in tow and pursued by vicious killer Rudy (Al Lettieri in another bad guy role alongside his in Godfather, Mcq and Mr Majestyk) as Doc and his wife attempt to get to an arranged hideout an El Paso hotel. But the plot never sags moving at a fast pace and exciting along the way including a thrilling showdown in the hotel boasting Peckinpah's signature slow motion shootouts. Steve McQueen as the calm and at time stoic crook while his future wife and co star Ali MacGraw gives a good one too. Even Ben Johnson even gets a small but slimy part as corrupt Warden. This is a gripping, violent and gritty seventies thrillers is must see for crime film enthusiasts.