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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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Getaway  »

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$3,352,254 (estimated)

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$26,987,155 (USA)
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The orange Volkswagen Beetle that Steve McQueen and Ali MacGraw pass as they flee town after the bank heist is driven by James Garner. Garner had been visiting a friend on the shoot and was hired for his vehicular skills by stunt coordinator Carey Loftin. See more »

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The call letters for the El Paso radio station Doc is listening to are 'WHIL'. Being west of the Mississippi those call letters should start with 'K'. If it was a radio station from Mexico the call letters should've started with an 'X'. See more »

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Carter 'Doc' McCoy: [after arriving at the rendezvous] Where's Jackson?
Rudy Butler: He didn't make it. Neither did you.
[pulls his gun]
Carter 'Doc' McCoy: [shoots Rudy]
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Version of The Getaway (1994) See more »

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An Old Fashioned Love Song
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Well-Crafted Heist Flick!
10 August 2004 | by (sparks, nevada) – See all my reviews

Not one of S. Peckinpah's masterworks but one hell of a crime thriller. Steve McQueen is perfect as the cool, professional Doc and although Ali MacGraw (Steve's next wife) is breezily gorgeous she doesn't have the chops to make her character (Carol) too believable. Al Lettieri is creepier than he was in THE GODFATHER and Richard Bright (THE GODFATHER as well) has a nice bit as a small-timer. Ben Johnson has credibility as does Dub Taylor later. Throw in authentic Western icon Slim Pickens and you have a nice Southwest crime drama.

A 7 out of 10. Best performance = Steve McQueen. He's very good with weapons and cars as he earlier proved. THE WILD BUNCH and STRAW DOGS are Peckinpah's masterpieces, but this is well worth a trip to the movies! Junior Bonner (a totally different type of sensibility) is also a fine film.


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