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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
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"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 »

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Action | Crime | Thriller

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5 October 1978 (UK)  »

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$4,000,000 (estimated)

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$4,905,000
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Charlotte Rampling turned down the role of The Player, because she was recovering from birth of her second son, David Jarre. See more »

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After the bank job, when the Driver is escaping in the red truck, the camera is reflected in the glass of the truck's back window. It's on a tripod in the truck bed, covered with a blanket. See more »

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The Detective: You know what I'm gonna do? I'm gonna catch me the cowboy that's never been caught. Cowboy desperado.
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One Fine Day
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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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