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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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A Game ... A Challenge ... A Chase to the Death! See more »

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Action | Crime | Thriller

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

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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

Isabelle Adjani later complained she felt the film hurt her career. "Afterwards the only American offers I got were bad ones," she said. "I did it, really because after The Story of Adele H (1975) everyone urged me to make a Hollywood film. I turned down several, and felt I couldn't continue to do that. And I liked Walter Hill. Only later did I realize I'd made a terrible mistake." See more »

Goofs

When Bruce Dern is talking with his partner while drinking his Coke, the levels in the bottle go from 1/2 full to 1/8 full with one quick sip...then empty...then 1/2 full again. See more »

Quotes

The Detective: [reacting sarcastically to her sullen response as she opened the door] I guess that means I can come in.
[enters, looks around]
The Detective: Nice place.
[walks toward picture window]
The Detective: Terrific view. Hah.
The Player: You didn't come here to tell me that.
The Detective: [getting to the point] You saw the man who was driving the car, and you saw the man up against the brick wall, and you know it is 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: [slowly turns around] No.
[...]
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Soundtracks

Help Yourselves To Each Other
(uncredited)
Written by McDill and Allen Reynolds
Performed by Don Williams
Heard when the Player visits the Driver
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No Names Please!
4 November 2005 | by ccthemovieman-1See all my reviews

There is no baloney in this surprisingly good movie (it's not well-known). It also sports a real oddity: no one's name is mentioned in the entire film! Try to think of any other film you've ever seen where this is the case.

Why 'The Driver" is not better known is a mystery since the director (Walter Hill) and main actors (Ryan O'Neal and Bruce Dern) are well-known entities.

Maybe because Ryan, who people think of more as the likable male in the immensely popular "Love Story," "Paper Moon" and "Barry Lyndon" plays against type, playing an ultra-serious criminal. Make no mistake: he does it well. He is a man of few words in this movie and he handles that in a fascinating manner. Dern is always interesting. Isabelle Adjani, more famous as a French actress, is nice to ogle and she, too, doesn't say much in this film.

The rest of the characters in this "neo noir" are a bunch of nasties, giving that edgy feel.

If you like film noir and particularly if you like car-chase scenes, well, this movie is must-have, because there are several intense chase scenes in here and they are long. They're also well-photographed, fun to watch and certainly keep your attention.


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