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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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Initial post: 12 May 2012, 20:30:05 BST
J. Kinory says:
By far his best film? Not just his best film, but by far his best film?
Sigh...
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