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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 »
3 nominations. See more awards »

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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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A dangerous deal. A double cross. And the ultimate set up is yet to come. See more »


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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)

Sound Mix:

DTS | Dolby | Dolby SR

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Kim Basinger previously played a thief named McCoy in The Real McCoy (1993). See more »

Goofs

In the opening sequence, Doc and Carol are practicing their shooting. One fires a Colt .45, the slides stays to the rear, showing that it is empty. But you can see the crimped end of a blank round stuck in the ejection opening. See more »

Quotes

Rudy Travis: It's been my experience that having friends is overrated.
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Alternate Versions

US theatrical version trimmed sex scenes between Alec Baldwin and Kim Basinger to get a R-rating. The European release and US unrated videocassette are uncut. See more »

Connections

Remake of The Getaway (1972) See more »

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Now and Forever
(End Title)
Written and Performed by Richard Marx
Published by CHI-BOY MUSIC
Courtesy of CAPITOL RECORDS, INC.
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The big gundown
24 June 2002 | by Mikew3001See all my reviews

Roger Donaldson's remake of Sam Peckinpah's 1972 gangster movie classic "The Getaway" is alright, but cannot - as many remakes - reach the power, humor and style of the original version. There are some plus points - the bloody and lengthened showdown in the hotel at the end tries to overpower the impact of the original version, and it works.

There are some good supporting roles from James Woods and Michael Madsen (with dreadful hair style that belongs rather into an Ace Ventura or Wayne's World movie). The plot, even many story details, are just repetitions of the Peckinpah movie, but the tempo of the film is okay as well.

Otherwise there are also too many low points: the score is boring and can't compete with Quincy Jones' original jazz funk fusion grooves. The photography is to clean despite all the Mexican dust and sometimes too MTV style and without the dirty atmosphere that was typical for many Peckinpah movies.

Kim Basinger is alright in the Ali McGraw role, but Alec Baldwin is trying too hard to copy an image of Steve McQueen which isn't working at all. The dialogues aren't as witty as with McQueen and McGraw, and Donaldson would have done a far better job if he could have managed to give an individual life to this picture instead of just doing a 1994 techno grunge remix of an early seventies classic.

Anyway, if you like to watch an entertaining contemporary gangster and road movie, the 1993 version of "The Getaway" is still fun to watch. But if you have the choice to take the original VHS or DVD, skip the remake.


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