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The Getaway (1994)

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An ex-con and his devoted wife must flee from danger when a heist doesn't go as planned.

Director:

Roger Donaldson

Writers:

Jim Thompson (novel), Walter Hill (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Alec Baldwin ... Carter 'Doc' McCoy
Kim Basinger ... Carol McCoy
Michael Madsen ... Rudy Travis
James Woods ... Jack Benyon
David Morse ... Jim Deer Jackson
Jennifer Tilly ... Fran Carvey
James Stephens ... Harold Carvey, DVM
Richard Farnsworth ... Slim
Philip Seymour Hoffman ... Frank Hansen (as Philip Hoffman)
Burton Gilliam ... Gollie
Royce D. Applegate ... Gun Shop Salesman
Daniel Villarreal ... Luis Mendoza
Scott McKenna Scott McKenna ... Red Shirt
Alex Colon ... Ramon
Justin Williams Justin Williams ... Soldier
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Storyline

Doc McCoy is put in prison because his partners chickened out and flew off without him after exchanging a prisoner with a lot of money. Doc knows Jack Benyon, a rich "business"-man, is up to something big, so he tells his wife (Carol McCoy) to tell him that he's for sale if Benyon can get him out of prison. Benyon pulls some strings and Doc McCoy is released again. Unfortunately he has to cooperate with the same person that got him to prison. Written by Lars J. Aas <larsa@colargol.edb.tih.no>

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Choosing between love and money is one thing. Getting away with both is something else See more »


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Rated R for violence, sexuality and language | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA | Japan

Language:

English

Release Date:

11 February 1994 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Getaway See more »

Filming Locations:

Flagstaff, Arizona, USA See more »

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Box Office

Gross USA:

$16,096,000

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$30,059,000
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Runtime:

| (uncut)

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DTS | Dolby | Dolby SR

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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The film cast includes two Oscar winners: Kim Basinger and Philip Seymour Hoffman; and four Oscar nominees: James Woods, Alec Baldwin, Jennifer Tilly and Richard Farnsworth. See more »

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The shadow of a crew member can be seen moving in the mirror of Rudy's motorcycle after he shoots the beer can. See more »

Quotes

Carol: Oh, I guess we should stop, 'cause Harold has to pee.
Rudy Travis: Get back in the front. Get back up there with Harold! Get up there!
Harold Carvey, DVM: I don't want to play... this game... anymore!
Rudy Travis: You pee in your pants.
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Alternate Versions

The US R-rated version screened in Australian cinemas with an MA rating. The unrated uncut version was released on VHS with an R rating. See more »

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Referenced in Pipas (1995) See more »

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Enjoyable Action Movie
5 June 2005 | by jcanettisSee all my reviews

Let me start by saying that I have not seen the original, 1972 version of "The Getaway". As a result, this critique for the 1994 version will concentrate solely on the impressions it left me after having viewed it, without any references and comparisons with the original one.

"The Getaway" is a typical action film, in which the two main heroes, Doc McCoy (Baldwin), and his sexy wife, Carol (Basinger), are being double-crossed by their gang mates; although it involves several smaller sub-plots, the movie is mainly showing us the couple being on the run, as they are trying to flee from successive unpleasant situations.

The idea of the storyline does not sound very novel, and indeed it is not. And yet, although the movie has a "have-seen-it-several-times-before" taste, it does work and it is quite enjoyable.

Donaldson's direction keeps the story rolling fast, and yet successfully avoiding to overdo the action scenes. As far as the acting is concerned, the duo does a fair job, with Bassinger proving us that she has also some substance apart from her splendid looks; I liked also Madsen in his role as the archetypal bad guy, while Woods has a small but well-acted appearance as the rich mobster.

To sum this up, "The Getaway" may not be a masterpiece, yet it offers two entertaining hours. 6/10.


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