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The Driver (1978)

"The Driver" is a specialist in a rare business: he drives getaway cars in robberies. His exceptional talent prevented him from being caught yet. After another successful flight from the ... See full summary »




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Cast overview, first billed only:
The Player
The Connection
Red Plainclothesman
Felice Orlandi ...
Gold Plainclothesman
Denny Macko ...
Exchange Man
Frank Bruno ...
The Kid
Will Walker ...
Sandy Brown Wyeth ...
Tara King ...
Richard Carey ...
Fidel Corona ...
Card Player


"The Driver" is a specialist in a rare business: he drives getaway cars in robberies. His exceptional talent prevented him from being caught yet. After another successful flight from the police, a self-assured detective makes it his primary goal to catch the Driver. He promises remission of punishment to a gang if they help to convict him in a set-up robbery. The Driver seeks help from "The Player" (Isabelle) to mislead the detective. Written by Tom Zoerner <Tom.Zoerner@informatik.uni-erlangen.de>

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Release Date:

11 October 1978 (UK)  »

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Driver  »

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The Driver openly disdains the use of firearms but he is ultimately a pragmatic man and when the need arises he defends himself with a 45 caliber Wild West era Colt Peacemaker. Although an antiquated weapon for the 1970s, this is in keeping with his cowboy loner persona. See more »


During the chase sequences, several background cars are seen over and over again; in particular, a blue mid-'70s Chevrolet Chevelle pops up multiple times throughout the two major chases. In the first chase, the Driver passes a white Ford pickup truck at an intersection, then a few seconds later almost sideswipes the same truck at the same intersection. Also, in the first part of the final chase, the same near-collision in mid-intersection with a station wagon is seen twice - once from the viewpoint of the driver of the front car, and later again from the viewpoint of the back car, supposedly in a different place. See more »


Glasses: [pulls a gun on The Driver] Can't get over the mistake you made. You've been set up, you know.
The Driver: By a cop.
Glasses: That's right. He's waiting for you right now at the wrong place. Me and my buddy don't wanna show up. You two hot-shots have both been set up, haven't you? You know what always amazed me about you? A guy with your attitude - never carries a gun. That's stupid... very stupid.
[the Driver suddenly whips out his own gun and shoots Glasses dead]
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It's Such a Pretty World Today
Written by Dale Noe
Performed by Wynn Stewart
Heard in the Driver's first visit to his connection
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Slick, Deft, Laconic & Stylish
19 October 2000 | by (England) – See all my reviews

This is a film with not a lot of dialogue, plus the characters are ambiguous; but if want a stylish film with some great car chases, you have to watch this film. Ryan O'Neal is The Driver; a laconic and mysterious guy who is a great getaway driver. He has a great skill behind the wheel; which he shows to a gang who wants to hire him; quite humoursly, has he trashes their car in a car park.

The detective on his tail is Bruce Dern. This guy just seems to live to catch the 'Cowboy'. He knows O'Neal is the Cowboy, but can he catch him? The cat and mouse race intrigues throughout, has Dern tries all he can to lay a trap to catch the Cowboy.

The pulchritudinous Isabelle Adjani is also a pawn in the tale. If you like mysterious thrillers with minimal narrative, check out The Driver; you won't be disappointed.

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