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The Getaway (1972)

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:
The Thief
Harold Clinton
John Bryson ...
The Accountant
Tom Runyon ...
Whitney Jones ...
The Soldier


Carter "Doc" McCoy is a career robber, currently in his fourth year of a ten year prison sentence at the Texas State Penitentiary. After his request for parole is denied despite he being a model prisoner, Doc, unable emotionally to endure life inside, asks his loving wife Carol McCoy to contact crooked businessman Jack Beynon, a man with political connections, to secure his release in return for he being "for sale" to Beynon. Beynon is able to get Doc released, the sale price being for Doc to plan and execute a robbery at a small bank branch in Beacon City, Texas where Beynon knows that $750,000 will be kept in the vault for the next two weeks. Rather than Doc using his own men for the job, Beynon directs that the only other people involved will be the men of his own choosing, Rudy and Frank. There are to be no casualties, which is all right with Doc who is not a murderer. After the robbery is completed and the monies divvied up accordingly, Doc and Carol will cross the border into ... Written by Huggo

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Release Date:

16 December 1972 (Italy)  »

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$3,352,254 (estimated)

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2.35 : 1
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Sam Peckinpah originally wanted Jack Palance to play the role of Rudy Butler but could not afford his salary. See more »


After Doc and Carol arrive at the Ranch, as Doc exits the vehicle there is no one in the front seat. In the next cut, Carol is back in the passenger seat. See more »


[first lines]
Parole Board Chairman: I think we can begin. First parole request for Carter 'Doc' McCoy.
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Who needs Baldwin/Basinger when you've got McQueen/McGraw??
1 January 1999 | by See all my reviews

Steve McQueen was one of the most naturally talented actors to come along, and this movie, along with 'The Sand Pebbles', is one of my favorite McQueen movies. Ali McGraw is excellent (much better here, as compared to that sappy role she had in 'Love Story') as his on-screen wife, a team which is used to rob a bank but is double crossed by the insiders who stand to profit from the robbery. Sally Struthers even turns in a credible performance as someone exhibiting what will later be coined as the "Stockholm Syndrome", and the late Al Lettieri is great as one of their pursuers.

A far better movie than the 1994 remake.

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