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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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Denny Macko ...
Exchange Man
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Will Walker ...
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Sandy Brown Wyeth ...
Split
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Floorman
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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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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

The titular driver is a man of few words - 350 in all. See more »

Goofs

In a couple of shots in the first car chase the lid is missing from the trunk of the Driver's car. However, it isn't until a couple of minutes later that we see the police actually blow the lid off with a shotgun blast. See more »

Quotes

Teeth: How do we know you're that good?
The Driver: Get in.
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Referenced in At the Movies: Episode #8.37 (2011) See more »

Soundtracks

It's Such a Pretty World Today
(uncredited)
Written by Dale Noe
Performed by Wynn Stewart
Heard in the Driver's first visit to his connection
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Characters Without Name And Certainly Among The Greatest Car-Chase Movies
1 June 2012 | by (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil) – See all my reviews

In Los Angeles, a mysterious driver (Ryan O'Neal) is a sad man of few words that drives getaway car in robberies. One day, he participates of a heist of a casino and a player (Isabelle Adjani) is the main witness. However, she tells to the detective (Bruce Dern) in charge of the investigation that the suspect is not the driver of the getaway car.

The detective becomes obsessed to arrest the driver and he seeks out a gang that has robbed a supermarket and promises to "forgive" their heist if they help him to arrest the driver in a bank robbery. But the player helps the driver to exchange the dirty money.

I have recently seen "Drive" and a friend of mine warned that the 2011 film would be a remake of "The Driver". I have just seen this good thriller by Walter Hill and I have realized that they have the same storyline.

"The Driver" has characters without name and is certainly among the greatest car-chase movies. Ryan O'Neal has one of his best roles and Isabelle Adjani is extremely beautiful. The conclusion has an open end with the unknown destiny of the money. My vote is eight.

Title (Brazil): "Caçador de Morte" ("Hunter of Death")


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