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The Driver (1978)

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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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Teeth
Denny Macko ...
Exchange Man
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The Kid
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Split
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Richard Carey ...
Floorman
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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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A Game ... A Challenge ... A Chase to the Death! See more »

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11 October 1978 (UK)  »

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SEK 2,958,988 (Sweden)
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Trivia

Not one character has a name in this movie, and are all addressed by their occupation; e.g. "the Driver". See more »

Goofs

The first time we see the driver use a gun, the sound effect is three rapid shots; however, it would be difficult if not impossible to fire a heavy revolver that quickly by double action. Even if you could, it would be impossible to shoot accurately that way. See more »

Quotes

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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It's Such a Pretty World Today
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Written by Dale Noe
Performed by Wynn Stewart
Heard in the Driver's first visit to his connection
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A Real High Point In Walter Hill's Career!
26 July 2005 | by (Milwaukee, Wisconsin) – See all my reviews

THE DRIVER (4+ outta 5 stars) Classic, no-nonsense, action-chase movie about a professional getaway driver (Ryan O'Neal) and the obsessed cop (Bruce Dern) who is determined to see him behind bars. Terrific chase scenes highlight this unjustly-neglected modern day film noir. No one plays nutty, obsessed characters quite like Bruce Dern. Ryan O'Neal as the bad guy/hero shows even less emotion than he did in Kubrick's "Barry Lyndon"... he's often accused of non-acting but I think his low-key, taciturn performance here is mesmerizing. He may as well be driving down to the corner store for a carton of milk rather than eluding a dozen speeding police cars. Isabelle Adjani doesn't really have much to do in this movie but look beautiful... but I guess that's enough. There is not a lot of dialogue and not a lot of character development. The characters in this movie aren't even given names! They are merely listed as The Driver, The Detective, The Player, The Connection, etc. This is a real high point in the career of director Walter Hill. He may have had more financial success with "The Warriors" and "48 Hours" but I think this is his best, most fully realized action movie.


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