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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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Action | Crime | Thriller

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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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Mono | Mono (Todd-AO)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Steve McQueen's semi-automatic handgun is a Colt M1911A1. See more »

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After the robbery, Doc and Carol's blue car plows through a neighboring porch. The windshield is clearly shattered by one of the broken porch columns. As soon as they are out of town, the blue car is immaculate. See more »

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[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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Crime Pays, a little
17 April 2007 | by thinker1691See all my reviews

If one is looking for a tough, gutsy, action oriented story about a professional criminal who takes on the law and gives it a run for its money, "The Get-Away" is for you. This film is one of the most stirring and awesome films created to-date. It begin within a maximum Texas prison where one, Carter 'Doc' McCoy, (Steve McQueen) is waiting out his sentence for bank robbery and expects to be released soon. As with most prison systems, it's subject to manipulations from the rich and powerful. In this case we have Jack Beynon (Ben Johnson, with superb acting) who is both. It is he who uses his influence to "spring" our hero, with the caveat that he commit a personal bank robbery for him. Each man has much to gain and just as much to lose as there is obvious tension and distrust from the arrangement. What follows is one of the best double-crossing, shoot-'em ups, high speed chases ever created by director Sam Peckenpaw. Along the way, we have a notable college of film stars as could be gather to make a truly memorable saga. For instance, we have Ali MacGraw as Carol McCoy, Al Lettieri as dangerous, vengeful and homicidal Rudy Butler. Slim Pickens as a truck-driving Cowboy. Famous Dub Taylor is ex-drunk Laughlin, Bo Hopkins as Frank Jackson and Roy Jenson as Cully. If one is looking for a superior motion picture which sets the standard for Action-Drama, this is it. A Classic, if ever there was one. ****


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