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The Getaway -- A recently released ex-con and his loyal wife go on the run after a heist goes awry.

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Director:
Writers:
Walter Hill (screenplay)
Jim Thompson (novel)
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Release Date:
13 December 1972 (USA) See more »
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Tagline:
They're Hot - McQueen/MacGraw See more »
Plot:
A recently released ex-con and his loyal wife go on the run after a heist goes awry. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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Awards:
Nominated for Golden Globe. Another 1 win See more »
User Reviews:
Sam Peckinpah's Best Violence Ballet See more (130 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Steve McQueen ... Doc McCoy

Ali MacGraw ... Carol McCoy

Ben Johnson ... Jack Beynon

Sally Struthers ... Fran Clinton

Al Lettieri ... Rudy Butler

Slim Pickens ... Cowboy
Richard Bright ... The Thief

Jack Dodson ... Harold Clinton

Dub Taylor ... Laughlin

Bo Hopkins ... Frank Jackson

Roy Jenson ... Cully
John Bryson ... The Accountant

Bill Hart ... Swain
Tom Runyon ... Hayhoe
Whitney Jones ... The Soldier
Raymond King ... Boy on the Train
Ivan Thomas ... Boy on the Train
C.W. White ... Boy's Mother
Brenda W. King ... Boy's Mother
W. Dee Kutach ... Parole Board Chairman
Brick Lowry ... Parole Board Commissioner
Martin Colley ... McCoy's Lawyer
O.S. Savage ... Field Captain
Dick Crockett ... Bank Guard
A.L. Camp ... Hardware Store Owner
Bob Veal ... TV Shop Proprietor
Bruce Bissonette ... Sporting Goods Salesman
Maggie Gonzalez ... Carhop
Jim Kannon ... Cannon
Doug Dudley ... Max
Stacy Newton ... Stacy
Tommy Bush ... Cowboy's Helper (as Tom Bush)
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Robert M. Cousins ... Prison Warden (uncredited)

R.C. Keene ... Beacon City parade / robbery witness (uncredited)
Margaret Mazzola ... Car Hop #1 (uncredited)

Hal Smith ... Various Radio Announcers (uncredited)
Tommy Splittgerber ... Train Station Ticket Agent (uncredited)

Directed by
Sam Peckinpah 
 
Writing credits
Walter Hill (screenplay)

Jim Thompson (novel)

Produced by
Mitchell Brower .... producer
Gordon T. Dawson .... associate producer
David Foster .... producer
 
Original Music by
Quincy Jones 
 
Cinematography by
Lucien Ballard (director of photography)
 
Film Editing by
Robert L. Wolfe  (as Robert Wolfe)
 
Casting by
Patricia Mock 
 
Art Direction by
Angelo P. Graham  (as Angelo Graham)
Ted Haworth 
 
Set Decoration by
George R. Nelson 
 
Makeup Department
Kathryn Blondell .... hair stylist (as Kathy Blondell)
Al Fleming .... makeup artist
Jack Petty .... makeup artist
 
Production Management
Don Guest .... production manager (as Donald Guest)
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Newt Arnold .... assistant director
Gordon T. Dawson .... second unit director
Ron Wright .... assistant director
Lorin Bennett Salob .... second assistant director (uncredited)
 
Art Department
Chalo González .... assistant property master (as Chalo Gonzalez)
Les Hallett .... assistant property master
Robert J. Visciglia Sr. .... property master (as Robert J. Visciglia)
Jarrell Jay Knowles .... props (uncredited)
Wes Webb .... carpenter (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
Michael Colgan .... sound editor (as Mike Colgan)
Garth Craven .... sound consultant
Michael J. Kohut .... boom operator (as Michael Kohut)
Richard Portman .... sound re-recording mixer
Josef von Stroheim .... sound editor (as Joe von Stroheim)
Charles M. Wilborn .... sound mixer
Walter A. Gest .... sound re-recordist (uncredited)
 
Special Effects by
Bud Hulburd .... special effects
 
Stunts
Gary Combs .... stunts (uncredited)
Dick Crockett .... stunts (uncredited)
Donna Garrett .... stunts (uncredited)
Bill Hart .... stunts (uncredited)
Whitey Hughes .... stunts (uncredited)
Loren Janes .... stunt double: Steve McQueen (uncredited)
Loren Janes .... stunts (uncredited)
Carey Loftin .... stunts (uncredited)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Gaylin P. Schultz .... key grip
Mel Traxel .... still photographer
Harry Young .... first assistant camera (uncredited)
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Kent James .... costumer: men
Barbara Siebert .... costumer: women
Ray Summers .... costume supervisor
James M. George .... wardrobe (uncredited)
 
Editorial Department
Mike Klein .... assistant film editor
Bill Lindemann .... assistant film editor (as William G. Lindemann)
Roger Spottiswoode .... editorial consultant
 
Music Department
Dan Carlin Sr. .... music editor (as Dan Carlin)
Don Elliott .... musical voices
Toots Thielemans .... musician: harmonica solos
Ray Brown .... musician: acoustic double bass (uncredited)
Dennis Budimir .... musician: guitar (uncredited)
Don Elliott .... musician: vibraphone (uncredited)
Clare Fischer .... musician: synthesizer (uncredited)
Dave Grusin .... musician: keyboards (uncredited)
Harvey W. Mason .... musician: drums (uncredited)
Richard Nash .... musician: trombone (uncredited)
Chuck Rainey .... musician: electric bass (uncredited)
 
Other crew
Joan Arnold .... production secretary
Joie Gould .... assistant to producer
Katherine Haber .... dialogue director (as Katy Haber)
Michael Preece .... script supervisor
 
Thanks
Warren Skaaren .... thanks: executive director, Texas Film Commission
 
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Runtime:
122 min
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Color:
Color (Technicolor)
Aspect Ratio:
2.35 : 1 See more »
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Certification:
Australia:M | Australia:MA15+ (Cable TV rating) | Brazil:14 | Canada:PG (Manitoba/Ontario) | Canada:13+ (Québec) | Finland:K-18 | France:12 | Germany:16 (re-rating) | Iceland:16 | Italy:VM14 | Japan:G (2016) | Netherlands:18 (original rating) | Norway:18 (uncut) | Norway:16 (cut) (1973) | Portugal:M/16 | Singapore:PG | Sweden:15 (uncut) (1998) | Sweden:15 (cut) (1973) | UK:X (original rating) | UK:18 (re-rating) (uncut) | USA:PG (DVD Rating) | USA:PG (certificate #23471) | West Germany:18 (nf)

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Trivia:
Steve McQueen had been encouraging his publicist David W. Foster to become a film producer. His first attempt was Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid (1969), with McQueen starring alongside Paul Newman, but 20th Century Fox did not want Foster in the deal. The project fell apart and while McQueen was making Le Mans (1971). Foster acquired the rights to the novel and sent a copy of the book to McQueen, urging him to do it. The actor was looking for a good/bad guy role and saw these qualities in the novel's protagonist.See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: When Doc finds he can't shoot Rudy after knocking him out in the hotel, he unloads the gun and drops it next him. Later on during the shootout Rudy awakens, grabs his gun, and flips the empty cylinder shut without reloading it. But when he comes out the window to shoot at Doc, his gun is miraculously reloaded.See more »
Quotes:
Laughlin:What's the cat's name.
Fran Clinton:Poor Little Harold.
Laughlin:Strange name for a cat.
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Movie Connections:
Soundtrack:
An Old Fashioned Love SongSee more »

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16 out of 17 people found the following review useful.
Sam Peckinpah's Best Violence Ballet, 22 September 2007
Author: bkoganbing from Buffalo, New York

Steve McQueen and Sam Peckinpah teamed to do two straight films, probably some of the best work in both of their careers. But the difference in a nice character study like Junior Bonner and a tough crime drama like The Getaway shows the versatility of both these remarkable men. The Getaway seems to take its inspiration from John Huston's classic, The Asphalt Jungle.

McQueen is a career criminal whose parole has once again been denied in the ten year stretch he's doing. Wife Ali McGraw submits to parole board chief Ben Johnson's sexual advances to spring McQueen.

But the corrupt Johnson isn't just about sexual harassment. He wants McQueen to rob a bank that his brother is a director, to cover a nice case of embezzlement. He even recruits another pair of criminals, Bo Hopkins and Al Lettieri as part of the gang.

Of course the plan goes wrong as a bank guard is killed and then Hopkins is killed in a double-cross by Lettieri who then fails to do the same to McQueen and McGraw. After that it's a three way race to the border between Johnson's men, Lettieri, and McQueen.

Al Lettieri is a talent that was lost to us way too soon. He played some of the best villains in the early seventies and this one is one of them. He kidnaps veterinarian Jack Dodson and his slut of a wife Sally Struthers. Soon she's more than willing to go and be his girl. Struthers has a great part, so far from being Gloria Bunker Stivic on All in the Family.

My favorite Sam Peckinpah moment in all of his films is that climax at Dub Taylor's flea bag hotel where all the forces meet and shoot up the place. It's Peckinpah's best violence ballet in all of his films, I never tire of seeing it.

The whole film was shot in Texas and I'm not sure how residents of Texas might like this picture of their state. It seems to be one very violent place and a very corrupt one as well.

But I like The Getaway very much, it's my favorite Sam Peckinpah film next to Ride the High Country.

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