The Getaway [HD DVD]
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Sam Peckinpah's violent thriller featuring Steve McQueen as ex-convict Doc McCoy, who is sprung from jail by his wife Carol (Ali McGraw). Together they plan the greatest robbery ever. After the meticulously planned heist goes awry, the two make their getaway towards Mexico in a series of chases and shootouts.
This original version of The Getaway better than the 1994 remake starring Kim Basinger and husband Alec Baldwin, but this 1972 thriller relies too heavily on the low-key star power of Steve McQueen and Ali MacGraw, and the stylish violence of director Sam Peckinpah, reduced here to a mechanical echo of his former glory. McQueen plays a bank robber whose wife (MacGraw) makes a deal with a Texas politician to have her husband released from prison in return for a percentage from their next big heist. But when the plan goes sour, the couple must flee to Mexico as fast as they can, with a variety of gun-wielding thugs on their trail. MacGraw was duly skewered at the time for her dubious acting ability, but the film still has a raw, unglamorous quality that lends a timeless spin to the familiar crooks-on-the-lam scenario. As always, Peckinpah rises to the occasion with some audacious scenes of action and suspense, including a memorable chase on a train that still grabs the viewer's attention. --Jeff Shannon
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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.Read more ›
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.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Classic McQueen, I remember seeing it as a kid and now at long last I can add it to my McQueen collection, right after I watch it again that is.Published 2 months ago by David W
This really is a classic film with marvelous performances by Steve McQueen and his real-life missus. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Dennis Hardingham
No Spoilers. Starring Steve McQueen and Ali MacGraw and directed by Sam Peckinpah. McQueen gets out of prison, they rob a bank and then have to escape to Mexico with bag full of... Read morePublished 7 months ago by Mr Blonde
Perhaps I am bias about the actor in this film Steve Mcqeen and the woman he later married Ali Macgraw, this is a very well known film indeed it was later remade with two other... Read morePublished 11 months ago by Shirley Steadman