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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John Bryson ...
The Accountant
Tom Runyon ...
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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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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  »

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$3,352,254 (estimated)


$26,987,155 (USA)

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For this film, Ali MacGraw learned how to fire a gun and drive a car. 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 »


[Talking about how Doc was sprung out of prison]
Carter 'Doc' McCoy: My old lady must've made you a lot of promises.
Jack Beynon: Close... I wouldn't feel...
[Carol shoots Jack]
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Referenced in Drained (2006) See more »


An Old Fashioned Love Song
Written by Paul Williams
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The Butler Did It
21 October 2003 | by (Isle Of Bute , Scotland) – See all my reviews

I`ve never been a fan of the heist genre since they always play out in an entirely formulaic way of having a plan , carrying out the plan and having a double cross at the end . THE GETAWAY is not all that different structure wise but what sets it apart from most movies in the genre is that it`s superbly directed by Sam Peckinpah . From the opening of Doc McCoy suffering hard prison time and having erotic musings about his wife ( Can`t say I blame him either ) you just know this is going to be a great film .

Once again Peckinpah uses his unique cross cutting in slo mo between scenes but that`s not the only reason this is a great thriller , it`s also down to the cast . Okay maybe McQueen and McGraw don`t make an entirely convincing on screen couple but compare this to the husband and wife of STRAW DOGS . The one problem Peckinpah seems to have had in his movies is casting convincing on screen couples , is it any coincidence that his best movies like THE WILD BUNCH and CROSS OF IRON have been mainly female free ? Peckinpah also casts Ben Johnson and Bo Hopkins on a regular basis and they both appear here , Johnson plays an oily creep while Hopkins appears very briefly . Without doubt the best casting choice is the late Al Lettieri as Rudy Butler . Lettieri is the sort of actor who exudes menace just by breathing , he doesn`t have to say anything to make you tremble in your boots , he just has to look at you and you know it`s not going to be your day . Who`d be a vet after seeing this movie .

If you`ve seen this classic thriller please don`t watch the 1990s remake because it`s utter crap . If you want to see Al Lettieri at his very best check out MR MAJESTYCK where he slaughters hundreds of defenceless watermelons

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