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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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Release Date:
13 December 1972 (USA) See more »
They're Hot - McQueen/MacGraw See more »
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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Nominated for Golden Globe. Another 1 win See more »
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Have a RIB, Harold! See more (128 total) »


  (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)
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
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
Warren Skaaren .... thanks: executive director, Texas Film Commission
Crew verified as complete

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122 min
Color (Technicolor)
Aspect Ratio:
2.35 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Australia:M | Australia:MA (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 | 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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Sam Peckinpah originally wanted Jack Palance to play the role of Rudy Butler but could not afford his salary.See more »
Continuity: 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 »
[repeated line]
Carter 'Doc' McCoy:Punch it, Baby!
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34 out of 40 people found the following review useful.
Have a RIB, Harold!, 5 September 2003
Author: SnacksForAll from San Diego, CA

The Getaway has the very important "Three S's" which are so crucial to any film: Style, Substance, and Steve McQueen.

This film, right behind PAPILLON, is definitely my favorite McQueen vehicle -- it's a big, BIG film (which makes sense, it takes place in Texas), has an epic feel, yet at the same time is very gritty and very honest in its approach to storytelling. The simplistic yet larger-than-life style of THE GETAWAY makes this flick a great watch on a Saturday Night.

Oh, and you can't go wrong with Steve McQueen. At his side is *THE* girl-next-door type, the ultra-likable Ali MacGraw. Their chemistry is very obvious (which would make a lot of sense, the two had an on-set affair which was followed by a five year marriage), and it carries the film. The score, composed by Quincy Jones, hits all the right notes in all the right spots, and is definitely pivotal in giving THE GETAWAY its "feel." The supporting cast couldn't be better-suited to their roles. The bad guys are really bad, and quite despicable. Despite the sinister villains, this early 70s gem has a sense of humor. At times the more "innocent" characters are mocked by the situations they find themselves in, much to your amusement or disgust (I, for one, found laugh-out-loud moments all the way through). By the very nature of a McQueen film, the characters are all "approachable," and down to earth in their own strange way. In a nutshell, a simplistically epic film that finds the time to not take itself so seriously.

While THE GETAWAY may not be the best to bring out at a movie get-together due to its slightly slow pacing and early 70s narrative (which, unfortunately, due to the breakneck music-video pacing of most "modern" films, tends to turn off anyone with a less-than-sufficient attention span), it is definitely worth a purchase, and something that you will be proud to say that you've seen.

Long Live McQueen, and Have a RIB, Harold!

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