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The Driver (1978)

A getaway driver becomes the latest assignment for a tenacious detective.




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Cast overview, first billed only:
... The Driver
... The Detective
... The Player
... The Connection
... Red Plainclothesman
... Gold Plainclothesman
... Glasses
... Teeth
Denny Macko ... Exchange Man
... The Kid
Will Walker ... Fingers
Sandy Brown Wyeth ... Split
Tara King ... Frizzy
Richard Carey ... Floorman
Fidel Corona ... Card Player


"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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To break the driver, the cop was willing to break the law. See more »


Action | Crime | Thriller


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Release Date:

5 October 1978 (UK)  »

Also Known As:

Driver  »


Box Office


$4,000,000 (estimated)

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| (director's cut)

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Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


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 Bollywood hit Qurbani (1980). See more »


When the cops are chasing the Driver through the parking garage, the siren sound effect disappears for a few seconds then abruptly cuts back in. 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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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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Slick, Deft, Laconic & Stylish
19 October 2000 | by See all my reviews

This is a film with not a lot of dialogue, plus the characters are ambiguous; but if want a stylish film with some great car chases, you have to watch this film. Ryan O'Neal is The Driver; a laconic and mysterious guy who is a great getaway driver. He has a great skill behind the wheel; which he shows to a gang who wants to hire him; quite humoursly, has he trashes their car in a car park.

The detective on his tail is Bruce Dern. This guy just seems to live to catch the 'Cowboy'. He knows O'Neal is the Cowboy, but can he catch him? The cat and mouse race intrigues throughout, has Dern tries all he can to lay a trap to catch the Cowboy.

The pulchritudinous Isabelle Adjani is also a pawn in the tale. If you like mysterious thrillers with minimal narrative, check out The Driver; you won't be disappointed.

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