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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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"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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Isabelle Adjani agreed to be in the film because she was an admirer of Walter Hill's first film Hard Times (1975). See more »


When the Driver first takes off in the red truck, you can clearly see him working a floor mounted gearshift (almost falling into the dashboard during one shift)... later during the chase sequence, the close-up cuts to him working a column shifter, then back to a floor shifter in wider shots. See more »


The Driver: You know I don't like guns.
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One Fine Day
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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BULLITT's favorite nephew, THE DRIVER!!!
12 December 2003 | by (sparrow, AZ) – See all my reviews

this is a great movie. very simple, very cool, very entertaining. there are basically three chases. three chases and one great scene where The Driver proves his worth by doing a crash-up derby in an inside parking lot. in between these chases are mellow conversations right out of some neat black and white noir film from the fifties. Ryan O'Neal is awesome. it may take a while to get used to his performance, which is really not a performance, but an attitude. it seems like the type of movie that Steve McQueen would've starred in. that is, the lead doesnt have to say much, just look cool. Ryan O'Neal, who usually plays wimpish or else pretty boy roles (often both in one), in real life is liken to McQueen. he's pretty tough and always had a reputation of being a fighter. in real life he was a boxer. in most of his movies he's able to box (even in Kubrick's BARRY LYNDON). there's a great scene where he's knocking one of the most obnoxious 'villian's' down a flight of stairs. but the DRIVER is that kind of movie where the lead is a bad guy (a getaway driver), so to speak. so thus it's all about the good-b ad guys and the bad-bad guys, and then the cops. Bruce Dern is great. he's very obnoxious on purpose as usual. his character takes the law into his own hands. his partner is also good, playing the good-cop of the two (this actor played a deputy in PAT GARRETT AND BILLY THE KID). then there's a third cop, Felice Orlani, who doesnt say much but just stands there letting Dern weave his crooked magic. Orlani played a very important doomed character in this movie's favorite uncle, BULLITT. and last but not least, the direction. Walter Hill is incredible when it comes to cool and subtle action (cult) flicks. he's a true action director, puts you right on the floorboards, right on the bumper of the car, right on the gas pedal pressed to the metal. the Driver rules, so watch it. and don't expect anything more than a great, yet often mellow-gold, ride. (and hopefully it'll be on DVD soon)

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