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Release Date:
8 June 1978 (Netherlands) See more »
He'll get you away faster than anyone else on wheels. See more »
"The Driver" is a specialist in a rare business: he drives getaway cars in robberies. His exceptional talent prevented him from being caught yet... See more » | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Ryan O'Neal ... The Driver

Bruce Dern ... The Detective

Isabelle Adjani ... The Player

Ronee Blakley ... The Connection

Matt Clark ... Red Plainclothesman
Felice Orlandi ... Gold Plainclothesman
Joseph Walsh ... Glasses

Rudy Ramos ... Teeth
Denny Macko ... Exchange Man
Frank Bruno ... The Kid
Will Walker ... Fingers
Sandy Brown Wyeth ... Split
Tara King ... Frizzy
Richard Carey ... Floorman
Fidel Corona ... Card Player
Victor Gilmour ... Boardman

Nick Dimitri ... Blue Mask

Bob Minor ... Green Mask
Angelo Lamonea ... Patron
Patrick Burns ... Patron
Karen Kleiman ... Patron
Thomas Myers ... Passenger
Bill McConnell ... Passenger

Peter Jason ... Commuter

William Hasley ... Commuter

Allan Graf ... Uniformed Cop
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Steve Moriarty ... Person at Train Station / Driver (uncredited)

Directed by
Walter Hill 
Writing credits
Walter Hill (written by)

Produced by
Lawrence Gordon .... producer
Frank Marshall .... associate producer
Original Music by
Michael Small 
Cinematography by
Philip H. Lathrop (director of photography) (as Philip Lathrop)
Film Editing by
Tina Hirsch 
Robert K. Lambert 
Casting by
Jane Feinberg 
Mike Fenton 
Production Design by
Harry Horner 
Art Direction by
David M. Haber  (as David Haber)
Set Decoration by
Darrell Silvera 
Makeup Department
Gary Liddiard .... makeup artist
Shirley Padgett .... hair stylist
Production Management
Russell Saunders .... production manager (as Russ Saunders)
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Lisa Hallas-Gottlieb .... second assistant director (as Lisa Hallas)
Pat Kehoe .... assistant director
Jonathan Giles Zimmerman .... trainee assistant director (as Jonathan Zimmerman)
Art Department
Gregg H. Bilson .... props (as Greg Bilson)
Craig Raiche .... props
Sound Department
William Hartman .... sound effects editor
Michael Hilkene .... sound effects editor (as Mike Hilkene)
John Kline .... sound effects editor
Godfrey Marks .... dialogue editor
Theodore Soderberg .... re-recording mixer
Richard Sperber .... sound effects editor
Richard Wagner .... production sound mixer
Paul Wells .... re-recording mixer
Douglas O. Williams .... re-recording mixer (as Douglas Williams)
Donald C. Rogers .... technical director of sound (uncredited)
Special Effects by
Charles Spurgeon .... special effects (as Charley Spurgeon)
Mickey Alzola .... stunts
William H. Burton Jr. .... stunts (as Bill Burton)
Diane Carter .... stunts
Bobby Clark .... stunts
Everett Creach .... stunt coordinator
Chris Howell .... stunts
Gene McLaughlin .... stunts
Gerald L. Ray .... stunts
Robert Sizer .... stunts (as Bob Sizer)
Laurie Creach .... stunt driver (uncredited)
Camera and Electrical Department
Bill Johnson .... camera operator
Wilbur Kinnett .... gaffer
Carl Manoogian .... key grip
Steve Yaconelli .... camera operator
Glenn K. Shimada .... first assistant camera (uncredited)
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Jack Bear .... wardrobe: men
Robert Cornwall .... wardrobe: men
Jennifer L. Parsons .... wardrobe: ladies (as Jennifer Parsons)
Editorial Department
Jere Huggins .... assistant editor
Ron Smith .... assistant editor
Location Management
Don Kruger .... location manager
Music Department
John R. Harris .... music editor (as John Harris)
Jack Hayes .... orchestrator
Michael Small .... conductor
Kenneth Wannberg .... music editor
Transportation Department
Jerry F. Johnson .... transportation captain (as Jerry Johnson)
William Hogue .... driver (uncredited)
James Nordberg .... driver (uncredited)
Other crew
Cassandra Oliva .... script supervisor
Barbara Title .... assistant: Mr. Hill
B.J. Smith .... set paramedic (uncredited)
Crew believed to be complete

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91 min | USA:131 min (director's cut)
Aspect Ratio:
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Sound Mix:
Australia:M | Canada:14A | Denmark:15 | Finland:K-16 | France:Tous publics | Iceland:12 | Italy:T | Japan:R-15 | Netherlands:12 | Norway:15 | Norway:16 (theatrical rating) | Sweden:15 | UK:A (original rating) | UK:15 (1989) | USA:R | West Germany:16 (original rating) | West Germany:18 (re-rating) (1980s) (VHS release)

Did You Know?

Isabelle Adjani agreed to be in the film because she was an admirer of Walter Hill's first film Hard Times (1975).See more »
Continuity: During the first chase, the driver swings to the right, bumping the police car running next to him solidly broadside (judging by the sound effect), causing it so slide out and crash into a pile of sacks of cement. But in the next shots, we can see the police car's left side and the driver's car's right side clearly, and neither car shows any sign that they made contact.See more »
The Detective:Nice Place. Terrific view. Wow.
The Player:You didn't come up here to tell me that.
The Detective:You saw the man in the car. And you saw the man against the brick wall. And you know it's the same man. Yet you didn't identify him. Are you afraid of him?
The Player:No.
The Detective:Are you afraid of me?
The Player:No. I just don't like you.
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57 out of 67 people found the following review useful.
A Fine Study In Cool, 16 August 2004
Author: WDD from Vancouver, BC

I looked long and hard for this film and finally found it online... About a year ago I found the novelization at a local used bookshop and was enthralled. Then I shook loose a repressed memory of a scene from the Driver -well more like an image. That of Ryan O'Neal behind the wheel -shades in place, a study in cool.

Well I was obsessed and had to find the film. Once I did, it was like some sort of archaeological find. I popped it in the vcr (old school all the way) and sat back ready to be taken into a dangerous world of ruthless and amoral characters who live by some sort of twisted samurai code and law of thieves.

In a nutshell, this film delivered in spades. If you can find a copy of it, buy it or rent it. The car chases are extraordinary. The performances and cinematography are gloriously minimal and committed to the aesthetic of 'cool'.

It's a shame that junk like "The Transporter" and "Gone In Sixty Seconds" have come to embody the modern day equivalent of the existential bad guy and wheelman. Those films aren't fit to shine the chrome of this one.

One of Walter Hill's Best.

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