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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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He'll get you away faster than anyone else on wheels. See more »


Action | Crime | Thriller


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Release Date:

11 October 1978 (UK)  »

Also Known As:

Driver  »

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Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


Producer Larry Gordon later reflected on the film's poor critical and box office response in the US:

"If we'd had Clint Eastwood in the film, we'd have been forgiven everything and they'd have said, 'It's another Eastwood film about driving cars'." If we'd had Steve McQueen, we'd have been compared to Bullitt (1968) or The Getaway (1972). We were treated as an art film rather than an action film. We took a unique approach to standard material. We'd go the same way again, but with a different cast we might have attracted an audience. I believe in returning investors' money - and if I could make The Driver (1978) again I'd try to rectify it for a commercial market. When you're writing this kind of script... naturally you think of an action lead like Bronson or Eastwood... and certainly Fox wanted a name. But when we got Ryan, I suggested we make changes to suit his character. This is always the director's prerogative. See more »


During the scenes where the Mercedes is being crashed around in the parking garage, after the rear end is crunched you can see the lid tied down with string or wire. See more »


The Detective: Well, well, here's my new man. How do you like it here so far?
Red Plainclothesman: Just great.
The Detective: Let's get something straight right now. I don't like new men. They make mistakes.
Red Plainclothesman: Well, I haven't made any yet.
The Detective: Yeah, yeah. You're new. That's a mistake. And you talk too much... that's a mistake. That's the first thing you can learn. When you're talking, you're not thinking. Never talk... unless you have to.
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Referenced in Grand Theft Auto: Vice City (2002) See more »


Help Yourselves To Each Other
Written by McDill and Allen Reynolds
Performed by Don Williams
Heard when the Player visits the Driver
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All time classic - but not for everybody.
3 October 1999 | by (Southampton, UK) – See all my reviews

This is a thinking mans movie, which dare I say is why it seems to have a low rating! (at least far lower than I expected). If you watch this just for the car chases, then may I suggest you go and watch The Blues Brothers. The car chases in this film are simply the icing on the cake. Watch it for the characters, their lives, the atmosphere. All time classic.

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