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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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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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Average Shot Length (ASL) = 3.5 seconds (1917 shots). See more »


In the scene where Doc and Carol pull up to Benyons Ranch (4648) the driver's side of the white Ford wagon has 2 different hubcaps. The rear is correct while the front hubcap is a replacement. Later in the scene where Doc is leaving the wagon on top of the parking garage (5703) the replacement hubcap is on the rear while the original is now on the front. See more »


Laughlin: What's the cat's name.
Fran Clinton: Poor Little Harold.
Laughlin: Strange name for a cat.
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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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