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"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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The Player
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The Connection
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Red Plainclothesman
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Exchange Man
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Will Walker ...
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Split
Tara King ...
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Richard Carey ...
Floorman
Fidel Corona ...
Card Player
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"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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11 October 1978 (UK)  »

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SEK 2,958,988 (Sweden)
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Trivia

The same Torchy's Bar appears in this film as in another Walter Hill film, _48 Hrs (1982)_. See more »

Goofs

When the Detective engages the man with the bag in a shootout in the train restroom the character is wearing a brown corduroy suit. He falls out the window and the shot switches to an outside viewpoint. As he falls the man is clearly now wearing a blue velvet suit. When the shot changes to show him lying on the ground by the tracks the suit has changed back to the original brown one again. See more »

Quotes

The Detective: Today's your lucky day. I'm feeling generous. I'm gonna give you a choice. You and your boys can do one more job. A bank, a nice big one, for free. You're just going to hire a new driver, that's all. A good one.
Glasses: I don't work with cops.
The Detective: Oh, gosh. I wish you hadn't said that.
[punches Glasses]
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Featured in Hollywood's Hottest Car Chases (2010) See more »

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One Fine Day
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Written by Gerry Goffin and Carole King
Attributed to Linda Ronstadt (http://everything.explained.at/One_Fine_Day_(song)); original version by The Chiffons
Heard just prior to the first chase
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A matter of style
10 March 2003 | by See all my reviews

As many other Walter Hill films, The Driver portraits a stripped universe inhabited by archetypes. These are nameless, speechless and can trace their roots to the principles of Epic.

It can happen in any city, during the late 70s or nowadays but as a film noir in its essence, exclusively at night.

The performances are great and the car chases register no equal in film history. The pace of the delivery of lines is almost as suspensful as the story itself.

The minimalism of Hill's execution resembles the cinema of Jean Pierre Melville and the film's universe picks up there where Hawks, Walsh and Siegel left.

It's an exercise in style, a triumph of a clever mind, a loveable barren film that adresses, from particular detail, general, eternal issues.


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