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The updated version shares not only the original film's plot, but also the added twist of having husband and wife Baldwin and Basinger step into the roles of the first real-life couple to make the film, Steve McQueen and Ali McGraw. This time, however, the woman's role has been given a tougher '90s edge, with Basinger pulling almost as many punches and firing as many shots as Baldwin, compared to McGraw, who followed McQueen around in wide-eyed, silent terror.
The Getaway maintains the same deliberate, neo-noir pace that made the first film taut, creating a claustrophobic atmosphere in the wide-open, desolate Southwestern landscapes. The scorching sun and heat only add to the strain, making it virtually impossible for anyone to find a dark corner or alleyway to hide in. The car chases and shoot-out finale are charged, though a secondary plot line, between Rudy and the woman he kidnaps and seduces (Jennifer Tilly), comes across as unnecessarily and incongruously brutal. --Natasha Senjanovic
Great chemistry between Baldwin and wife, and James Woods does a perfect bad guy.
This was a very entertaining, if morally way below par, action movie which consistently keeps your attention with intense scenes.
The story is so full of unlikeable characters, however, that I never really cared if they got caught or got away.
Loved it when the head honcho is blown away by his intended accomplice/J Bissinger.
good buy. I thought I was getting a DVD, my fault. Look before you bid....Published 1 month ago by Francis Charter
Alec Baldwin is no Steve McQueen. The movie is OK, but could you imagine Steeve McQueen and Kim Basinger in "The Getaway"?