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The Getaway (1972)

A recently released ex-con and his loyal wife go on the run after a heist goes awry.

Director:

Sam Peckinpah

Writers:

Walter Hill (screenplay), Jim Thompson (novel)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Steve McQueen ... Doc McCoy
Ali MacGraw ... Carol McCoy
Ben Johnson ... Jack Beynon
Sally Struthers ... Fran Clinton
Al Lettieri ... Rudy Butler
Slim Pickens ... Cowboy
Richard Bright ... The Thief
Jack Dodson ... Harold Clinton
Dub Taylor ... Laughlin
Bo Hopkins ... Frank Jackson
Roy Jenson ... Cully
John Bryson John Bryson ... The Accountant
Bill Hart ... Swain
Tom Runyon Tom Runyon ... Hayhoe
Whitney Jones Whitney Jones ... The Soldier
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Storyline

Carter "Doc" McCoy is a career robber, currently in his fourth year of a ten year prison sentence at the Texas State Penitentiary. After his request for parole is denied despite he being a model prisoner, Doc, unable emotionally to endure life inside, asks his loving wife Carol McCoy to contact crooked businessman Jack Beynon, a man with political connections, to secure his release in return for he being "for sale" to Beynon. Beynon is able to get Doc released, the sale price being for Doc to plan and execute a robbery at a small bank branch in Beacon City, Texas where Beynon knows that $750,000 will be kept in the vault for the next two weeks. Rather than Doc using his own men for the job, Beynon directs that the only other people involved will be the men of his own choosing, Rudy and Frank. There are to be no casualties, which is all right with Doc who is not a murderer. After the robbery is completed and the monies divvied up accordingly, Doc and Carol will cross the border into ... Written by Huggo

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Genres:

Action | Crime | Thriller

Certificate:

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English | Spanish

Release Date:

16 December 1972 (Italy) See more »

Also Known As:

The Getaway See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$3,352,254 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$36,734,619

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$58,831,997
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono | Mono (Todd-AO)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Impressed by his performance in The Panic in Needle Park (1971), Walter Hill recommended Richard Bright for the role of Rudy Butler. The actor had worked with Steve McQueen 14 years before but he did not have the threatening physique that McQueen pictured for Butler because the two men were the same height. Sam Peckinpah got along famously with Bright and cast him as the train station con man instead. See more »

Goofs

When Rudy retrieves his gun from where Doc dropped it just before the final shoot out, he flips the empty cylinder shut without reloading it. But when he comes out the window to shoot at Doc, the gun is loaded. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Parole Board Chairman: I think we can begin. First parole request for Carter 'Doc' McCoy.
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Alternate Versions

To get permission to release the film in Spain, which at the time was ruled by Francisco Franco, an additional sequence was tacked onto the end in which McCoy is captured and returned to prison, because it's bad for the moral health of the people to show that criminals can escape from paying their debt to society. See more »

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Referenced in Un pasota con corbata (1982) See more »

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The Stars and Stripes Forever
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Music by John Philip Sousa
Played during the parade
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Bloody, exciting, and amazing on all accounts
20 July 2005 | by J-BizzleSee all my reviews

Steve McQueen, the number one bad ass of his time (aside from Clint Eastwood of course). So what's wrong with rooting for the bad guy? This movie seems almost flawless with its excellently executed car chases, it's suspenseful and exciting shoot-outs, and its riveting emotional sequences. Both McGraw and McQueen make this movie well worth the experience. While it is a violent movie (especially for the year it was released!) its moments of comic relief and even serenity make this movie worthy of any moral person's eyes.

Without spoiling the movie, just imagine Bonnie and Clyde with the greatest action/adventure experience ever. And to think it was over a measley $500,000... Of course, they were being chased for $750,000.

9/10 for an adventure close to perfection.


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