The Getaway (1972)

PG  |   |  Action, Crime, Thriller  |  13 December 1972 (USA)
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A recently released ex-con and his loyal wife go on the run after a heist goes awry.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
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The Soldier


Doc McCoy has been granted parole. The catch is that Sheriff Beynon expects a small favor from McCoy for his generosity: robbing another bank! Beynon does not really intend to let McCoy walk away after the heist and neither does co-robber Rudy Butler, but stopping Doc proves a trifle difficult. Written by Stefan Kahrs <>

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Release Date:

13 December 1972 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

La fuga  »

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$3,352,254 (estimated)


$26,987,155 (USA)

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Did You Know?


When Sam Peckinpah took over the film, he intended the female lead for Dyan Cannon, but changed his mind in favor of Ali MacGraw. See more »


Doc and Carol are stuck in the garbage truck at night. However, some shots of the vehicle's pneumatics show clear blue sky in the background. See more »


Rudy Butler: That's a walk-in bank. You don't have to be Dillinger for this one.
Carter 'Doc' McCoy: Dillinger got killed.
Rudy Butler: Not in a bank.
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Referenced in A Better Tomorrow II (1987) See more »


A Good Song
Written by Valdy
Performed by Valdy
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Hypnotic, violent classic
2 October 2002 | by (London) – See all my reviews

Was wondering why they don't make films like this anymore. Then it dawned on me. It has ambiguous morals and doesn't particularly ask for or seek redemption. The hero is a killer and bank robber, he says little and therefore you should have to work hard to empathize with him. But it comes easy because everyone else around Doc McCoy is ten times worse than he is. And Doc is played by Steve McQueen. A magnificent brooding presence who's character doesn't stop to question his actions, because if he did he'd die or get arrested. And this is where it is so much better than a contemporary film of the same vein. It's not made with actors who are scared that their image might be tarnished or misunderstood, it is not made by film-makers who are scared they might upset someone, it is not made by people who particularly need to be loved. So what you get is a story that rings true, a piece of fiction that at no time stops to apologize for itself. It grabs you, says this is what I am, and if you're hooked then great. If not go and watch Bambi or something.

A bona fide classic piece of storytelling.

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