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Master thief Doc McCoy knows his wife has been in bed with the local political boss in order to spring him from jail. What he can't know is the sinister succession of double-crosses that will sour the deal once he's on the outside - and executing the ultimate robbery. Fasten your seat belts and join Steve McQueen and Ali MacGraw in a supreme action thriller based on Jim Thompson's novel. Sam Peckinpah directed, filming on locations across Texas and in sequence - from the opening inside Hunstville State Prison to the explosive El Paso border climax. Once The Getaway starts, there's no escaping its breathless intensity.
It's better than the 1994 remake starring Kim Basinger and husband Alec Baldwin, but this 1972 thriller relies too heavily on the low-key star power of Steve McQueen and Ali MacGraw, and the stylish violence of director Sam Peckinpah, reduced here to a mechanical echo of his former glory. McQueen plays a bank robber whose wife (MacGraw) makes a deal with a Texas politician to have her husband released from prison in return for a percentage from their next big heist. But when the plan goes sour, the couple must flee to Mexico as fast as they can, with a variety of gun-wielding thugs on their trail. MacGraw was duly skewered at the time for her dubious acting ability, but the film still has a raw, unglamorous quality that lends a timeless spin to the familiar crooks-on-the-lam scenario. As always, Peckinpah rises to the occasion with some audacious scenes of action and suspense, including a memorable chase on a train that still grabs the viewer's attention. Not a great film, but a must for McQueen and Peckinpah fans. --Jeff Shannon
this movie makes the remake with Alec Baldwin look like a cartoonPublished 2 days ago by david w shannon
Original and so much better than the re-make!!!
Great supporting cast.
Steve McQueen at his best!
If you're a fan of director Sam Peckinpah or actor Steve McQueen, I guess you would want to see this. But it was decidedly not my cup of tea. Read morePublished 13 days ago by Dave K.
Starts slow, takes waaaay too long to get going. I am a big fan of Steve McQueen, but this was one of his weakest efforts. Read morePublished 20 days ago by Terence R. McMahon
Great movie I only wish they would produce similar quality in modern films.Published 21 days ago by Amazon Customer
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I think it's McQueen
Apr 5, 2012 by Bernard J. Ryan | See all 2 posts
|The menu for my Blu-ray copy of "The Getaway" is in Chinese||
YES! just looked why my disc is the same! You're the only one I see mention online about it. Did you ask Amazon? I kinda want to return it, but like you said the movie plays fine. Just a pain to access anything and no idea if a replacement would be any differnt.
Dec 10, 2011 by J. Marsh | See all 12 posts