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The Driver (1978)

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

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Cast

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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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

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11 October 1978 (UK)  »

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Budget:

$4,000,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$4,905,000
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Although the rough cut was over two hours long and included one additional action (but not chase) scene, and even though for years even the VHS tapes had said the length was over two hours, Walter Hill has denied that this version was ever his intended cut and categorically stated that the existence of a longer director's cut is an urban myth. The US DVD includes an introductory sequence that the studio forced Hill to shoot to clarify who the characters are as a deleted scene, but this was dropped from all theatrical prints. See more »

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Camera shadow is visible on the wooden banister when Teeth falls down the stairs after the Driver punches him. See more »

Quotes

The Driver: [at different times to different lowlife types] Go home!
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Referenced in Ebert Presents: At the Movies: Episode #2.12 (2011) See more »

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It's Such a Pretty World Today
(uncredited)
Written by Dale Noe
Performed by Wynn Stewart
Heard in the Driver's first visit to his connection
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All time classic - but not for everybody.
3 October 1999 | by See all my reviews

This is a thinking mans movie, which dare I say is why it seems to have a low rating! (at least far lower than I expected). If you watch this just for the car chases, then may I suggest you go and watch The Blues Brothers. The car chases in this film are simply the icing on the cake. Watch it for the characters, their lives, the atmosphere. All time classic.


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