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The Driver (1978)

R  |   |  Crime, Thriller  |  11 October 1978 (UK)
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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 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 »

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Crime | Thriller

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SEK 2,958,988 (Sweden)
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Trivia

The scene in which 'The Driver' is asked to prove his skills in the covered car park, by precisely demolishing a Mercedes, is copied almost identically, to the second, in the 1980 Bollywood hit 'Qurbani'. 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

Blue Mask: [the Driver and two robbers are divvying up a pile of loot after a robbery and a wild car chase] You sure none of those people got a good look at you?
Green Mask: See, we wanna keep you healthy for the next time.
The Driver: There isn't gonna be a next time. You were late.
[takes his share of the money and walks away]
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Referenced in Pulp Fiction (1994) 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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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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