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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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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It takes two to make it ......... The big two. See more »


Action | Crime | Thriller


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Release Date:

13 December 1972 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

La fuga  »

Box Office


$3,352,254 (estimated)


$26,987,155 (USA)

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2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


When Carol McCoy lists the exits to the First Bank of Beacon City, "One on Hopkins, one at Guadalupe Street, and one is the alley," she is listing the real-life exits of the actual shooting location in San Marcos, Texas. See more »


In the final shootout scene with Rudy in the hotel we see Rudy's pistol alternate between the 6 inch barreled .357 Magnum Colt Python he has used throughout the film up to this point and a 6 inch barreled .357 Magnum Colt Trooper. The most obvious difference between the two handguns is the full length rib beneath the barrel. This is noticeably absent on the Colt Trooper. Rudy changes between the guns from shot to shot. See more »


[repeated line]
Carter 'Doc' McCoy: Punch it, Baby!
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Featured in L'âge d'or de la musique de film 1965-1975 (2009) See more »


The Stars and Stripes Forever
Music by John Philip Sousa
Played during the parade
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Bloody, exciting, and amazing on all accounts
20 July 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Steve McQueen, the number one bad ass of his time (aside from Clint Eastwood of course). So what's wrong with rooting for the bad guy? This movie seems almost flawless with its excellently executed car chases, it's suspenseful and exciting shoot-outs, and its riveting emotional sequences. Both McGraw and McQueen make this movie well worth the experience. While it is a violent movie (especially for the year it was released!) its moments of comic relief and even serenity make this movie worthy of any moral person's eyes.

Without spoiling the movie, just imagine Bonnie and Clyde with the greatest action/adventure experience ever. And to think it was over a measley $500,000... Of course, they were being chased for $750,000.

9/10 for an adventure close to perfection.

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