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The Driver (1978)

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

Director:

Walter Hill

Writer:

Walter Hill
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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 Denny Macko ... Exchange Man
Frank Bruno ... The Kid
Will Walker Will Walker ... Fingers
Sandy Brown Wyeth Sandy Brown Wyeth ... Split
Tara King Tara King ... Frizzy
Richard Carey Richard Carey ... Floorman
Fidel Corona Fidel Corona ... Card Player
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Storyline

"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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Taglines:

He's the best getaway man in the business...and the deadliest. See more »

Genres:

Action | Crime | Thriller

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Country:

USA | UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

5 October 1978 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Driver See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$4,000,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$4,905,000
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (director's cut)

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Theatrical trailer shows some deleted and extended scenes; Player kissing the Driver, longer conversation between Detective and Driver in Driver's motel room and scene is also edited differently than in the movie, longer dialogue between Driver and Teeth in Driver's place where he asks Teeth "How you gonna get down stairs" before punching him like in the final version of the scene, and deleted dialogue scene in bar between Detective, Red Plainclothesman and bartender. See more »

Goofs

(at around 1h 16 mins) The piles of trash that both cars crash through would not be allowed blocking a working commercial railroad siding, which it is, judging by the condition of the rails and the merchandise stacked on the loading docks alongside it. See more »

Quotes

Glasses: Let's talk.
The Detective: Go right ahead.
Glasses: We're having a very big problem with your boy. He's not too thrilled about working with us.
The Detective: I can understand that.
Glasses: [boiling with frustration] Look, I'm doing the best I can, you know? I mean, I don't know what to do.
The Detective: [smiles] You know what to do. You just did it. You came here and asked me to save your ass. That's just what I'm gonna do. Save your ass.
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Alternate Versions

Early UK cinema and video versions were cut by 18 seconds by the BBFC and completely removed the scene where Ronee Blakley has a gun forced into her mouth. This cut was waived in 2004. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Ebert Presents: At the Movies: Episode #2.12 (2011) See more »

Soundtracks

One Fine Day
(uncredited)
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 AfraciousSee 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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