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The Getaway (1972)

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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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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 <smk@dcs.ed.ac.uk>

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13 December 1972 (USA)  »

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$3,352,254 (estimated)

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$26,987,155 (USA)
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The radio station playing at the drive-in restaurant is WHIL, an obvious reference to scriptwriter Walter Hill. See more »

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The grey mercury driven by carol at the drive-in hits at least one other car head on, yet in later scenes the nose is intact. See more »

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[Doc has killed five men at a hotel near the Mexican border and carjacked a cowboy in his pickup]
Cowboy: Ya know, if I's you kids what I'd do? I'd quit this runnin' around the country. Ya know, git a little bit a money together 'n, hell, buy a place 'n settle down 'n raise a family. I've been married for 35 years, same old gal; man she's a tough ol' hide. God dang, everything I am, I owe ta her.
Carter 'Doc' McCoy: Say a, pull over over here would ya.
Cowboy: Okay, what ever you say.
[Pulls over]
Cowboy: Now what?
Carter 'Doc' McCoy: Let's get out a spell.
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The Stars and Stripes Forever
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Music by John Philip Sousa
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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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