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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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The Thief
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Hayhoe
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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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heist | parole | bank | on the run | elevator | See more »

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Action | Crime | Thriller

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13 December 1972 (USA)  »

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Budget:

$3,352,254 (estimated)

Gross:

$26,987,155 (USA)
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Trivia

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

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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 »

Quotes

[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 Evening Shade: The Getaway (1992) See more »

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An Old Fashioned Love Song
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Written by Paul Williams
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Tough, Solid Crime Story
2 June 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I think I saw the 1994 re-make before I ever checked this movie out. The re- make being so sexual and violent I expected less of that stuff in here because it was made 20-some years earlier. Well, there was less sex but I think the violence might even have been heavier in this movie. This was a pretty rough film and it's interesting to note the "PG." Today, this would be rated at minimum PG-13.

Also, a contrast between the two films, language-wise: back then you'd hear a lot more usage of the Lord's name in vain; nowadays, the f-word is more popular. Good guy Steve McQueen in here never utters a bad word and is still a tough, no- nonsense kind of guy. The rest of the characters are the same. There are no "talk before I shoot" hokey scenes or people missing from point-blank range.

McQueen is great, as he usually was, and the rest of the cast is pretty interesting, too, from sleazy Sally Struthers (pre-"All In The Family") to Love Story's Ali McGraw to old-timers Ben Johnson and Slim Pickens. Al Letterei was also good in here. His name isn't familiar to me, but his face was.

With either this or the re-make, you get a solid crime-action story with "The Getaway."


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