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The Getaway (Unrated) [HD DVD] (1994)

Alec Baldwin , Kim Basinger , Roger Donaldson  |  Unrated |  HD DVD
3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (60 customer reviews)


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  • Actors: Alec Baldwin, Kim Basinger, James Woods, Michael Madsen
  • Directors: Roger Donaldson
  • Format: AC-3, Color, Dolby, Dubbed, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital-Plus 5.1), English (Dolby TrueHD 5.1), French (Dolby Digital-Plus 2.0)
  • Subtitles: French
  • Dubbed: French
  • Subtitles for the Hearing Impaired: English
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: Universal Studios
  • DVD Release Date: September 25, 2007
  • Run Time: 116 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (60 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000T5O4BM
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #329,337 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "The Getaway (Unrated) [HD DVD]" on IMDb

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"This is going to be the last big score, I promise." Famous last words--uttered by crack thief Doc McCoy to his wife--that set forth a whirlpool of deception and violence in Roger Donaldson's 1994 remake of The Getaway. Bailed out of a Mexican jail by shady businessman Jack Benyon (James Woods) in order to hit an Arizona dog track for him, Doc (Alec Baldwin) and Carol (Kim Basinger) flee for south of the border when the robbery goes wrong, with the million-dollar loot in tow. Following close behind are Benyon's men and Doc's double-crossing partner Rudy (Michael Madsen).

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

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Kim Basinger and Alec Baldwin set the screen ablaze in this hot, steamy action-thriller that delivers rapid-fire excitement and heart-pounding suspense. Escaping with the loot from a botched robbery, Doc and Carol McCoy (Baldwin and Basinger) find themselves on the run from the law and crime boss Jack Benyon's (James Woods) deadly hit squad. When Doc discovers that Carol struck a deal with Benyon to buy his freedom, the boundaries of love, lust and greed are put to the ultimate test. Michael Madsen and Jennifer Tilly co-star in this explosive roller-coaster ride of passion and adventure!

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25 of 26 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Underrated April 1, 2002
Format:DVD
The Baldwin/Basinger remake of ' The Getaway ' is a well put together, well acted, entertaining movie. This was not well received upon release, and I can't see why. Baldwin smolders on screen, and his real life chemistry with Basinger ( well, until they divorced ) carries over to the movie. The relationship of their married characters is passionate, and volatile. An excellent scene is when Doc, who can't control his anger any longer after finding out that Carol had slept with bad-guy Benyon ( James Woods ) in a deal for Doc's prison release, stops their car on the side of the road, and they have an intense argument. Great scene. Not to be overlooked is the performance of Michael Madsen as Rudy. He could be Vic Vega's ( from Reservoir Dogs ) dopier cousin. He is a bad guy, yet his scenes with Jennifer Tilly are at times very funny..you'll laugh at what a jerk he can be. The movie has some good action and drama in it, especially the scene when Doc, at the train depot, chases down the small-time thief who has made off with Doc and Carol's bag full of stolen cash. The finale is an excellent shoot-out at a seedy old hotel in El Paso, and it definitely does not disappoint. Much action and tension. The final scene includes the late Richard Farnsworth, and it is touching to see now that he is no longer alive. An excellent Richard Marx song ' Now and Forever ' runs over the end credits, and it works perfectly. Very nice. This is a movie I've seen many times, and always enjoyed. It's executed well, with nice cinematography. Don't believe some of the bad reviews, and judge for yourself. I believe the 1994 version of ' The Getaway ' is an overlooked little gem.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Getaway 1972 vs. Getaway 1994!! April 16, 2007
Format:DVD
Both Getaway movies have the same screenplay writen by Walter Hill, both have the slow-mo action and basically they are the same, BUT here are the differences:

Getaway 1972:

* Steve McQueen is WAY COOLER than Alec Bladwin.
* Rudy and his girl are more evil here.
* The car chase scene is at midnight.
* There is no STUPID dog race scene, only a bank robbery scene.
* The characters here are more quiet.
* The first getaway scene is COOLER and EXPLOSIVE!
* The train scene here is a CLASSIC.
* The slap scene is more intense here.
* The jail scenes here are longer.

Getaway 1994:
* There are more emotional scenes in this one.
* Kim Basinger's character is tougher and hotter!
* There are MORE celebrities here than in the original.
* The car chase scene was longer.
* There are sex scenes in this one.
* There is more blood and foul language here than in the original.
* They added one made-up action scene in the begining.
* There is a one to one fight between Rudy and Doc.

In my opinion the Getaway 1972 is better because SteveMcQueen is SOO COOL! you can watch the 1994 remake if you want to but that one is more like a normal action movie than a CLASSIC action movie.

Adios.
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Good, but not great! July 4, 2003
Format:DVD
I've never seen the original version of this film, so I have nothing to compare it to. Most of the reviews here are pretty good, but the reviewers weren't kind when it first came out in 1994. I thought the acting by Kim Basinger and Alec Baldwin was very good in this. Michael Madsen usually plays these same kind of characters all of the time, but he was actually enjoyable here. I loved that Kim's character more than held her own here and got very violent like everybody else. I can't stand when female characters always have to be saved in action films. The camerawork & pacing is excellent in this film also. My main problem with this film is the story itself. It starts out pretty good for like the first 45 minutes, then starts to get kinda silly once Jennifer Tilly's character shows up. I kept asking myself why would some of the characters do something so dumb thoughtout the movie. I also was able to predict almost everything that happened. That was probably because they had alot of actors who always play bad guys like: James Wood, Michael Madsen, David Morse, and even Alec himself. Note to directors out there, "quit hiring the same actors to play your bad guys all of the time, its starting to get annoying." I just never bought that the guy, who Jennifer's character was married to, ever had a chance of ever getting her. And I know women like bad guys, but I just never bought that she could easily watch Michaels character abuse her husband of 2 years like she did. The action in this film is pretty good I must admit though. Forget about the plot, watch this film for the action and the performances by Kim, Alec, and Michael. Kim's sensual scenes with Alec will have you pausing and hitting the review button alot. It must have been very cold the day they were shooting them, thats all I'll say on it.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars wHY IS IT BAGGED BY CRITICS?? September 20, 2006
By patrick
Format:DVD
Ive seen this remake 2 or three times, same number of times as original, the original is no dispute a great McQueen crime action adventure, but yes, this remake I feel with the noir fence-wash rinse is a great night in, why do professional critics like Maltin seem to have it up with Attack of the Killer Tomatoes??

the action is great,start to finish, all three main characters make a fair fist of stepping into McQueen, McGraw and Al Lettieri's shoes, Bassingers character as the Amazon ed points out is a lot more hands on than McGraw, shes much more of a true Bonnie and Clyde gangsters moll instead of mcGraws passive passenger "I'll just maybe dosome of the driving , you'll have to shoot everybody yourself " approach.

Which is kinduv cool, frankly.

She knows better than to have a go when Doc slaps her around in one scene, which may be more about she feels actual guilt for what she has done ( for him, mind you) rather than she hasnt got the stones to try to defend herself.

Certainly she has no problem later first blowing David Morse's kneecap out with a .45, and then blowing the rest of him away after it. YaY girlpower, huh?

She is in the thick of the gunbattle.

the final rootin-tootin confrontation at the hotel is a screamer, as was the original, Baldwins face when he thinks Madsen has won and will kill him is about right underplayed.

Some criticise the scenes with Meg Tilly and her unfortunate veterinarian husband and his fate, ok, the show is of course one for after the kids are in bed. I dont personally find it gratuitous, is an eye-opener and more Noir, sure.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
A classic, though mostly under-rated. They did get married/divorced you know. ;-P
Published 2 months ago by LOB
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
good
Published 2 months ago by bitx
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful!
Being an Alex Baldwin fan, I have only the best things to say about him. The Getaway tells the story about a group of thieves who pulls off a heist that goes terribly wrong. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Author of Every Man Wants More Than One
4.0 out of 5 stars THE GETAWAY
GOOD ACTION FLICK ! ALEX BALDWIN & KIM BASSINGER ARE GTEAT TOGETHE\
I WOULD RE-ORDER IT AGAIN IF I WANTED TO OWN IT
Published 3 months ago by Tomund
5.0 out of 5 stars Action and more action.
If you like action than this is a good show. Throw in some plot twists and
surprises and suddenly you are immersed in the show. Great
Published 5 months ago by RichDrin
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome
Timing of mail was excellent and in great condition
One of favorite movies and definitely am happy to have in my collection
Published 8 months ago by Maxine Abrams
1.0 out of 5 stars received the wrong version
Case said "uncut", but I used to own the uncut version before (lent it out, never got it back), and this ain't it. Read more
Published 10 months ago by Blue102
5.0 out of 5 stars the getaway
was an excellent movie watched it over and over again. would recommend it to anyone the acting was great an academy award quality
Published 13 months ago by dorothypierce
1.0 out of 5 stars didnt work
The dvd did not play! Other dvd's we have play so I know its not our dvd player. We are obvioulsy not too happy.
Published 14 months ago by amylynn1000
2.0 out of 5 stars Definitely needs a blu ray revamp!!
The movie itself was good,the DVD is poor..very grainy,picture quality on par with VHS ...it's definitely long over due to be cleaned up and given a nice blu ray treatment...
Published 18 months ago by Squirts
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