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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. When master criminal Doc McCoy (Baldwin) finds himself rotting in a squalid Mexican jail, a desperate Carol McCoy (Basinger) visits suave crime boss Jack Benyon (James Woods), hoping to strike a deal; her husband's freedom in exchange for his help in pulling off a multi-million dollar heist. But Benyon is much more interested in what Carol has to offer… Once Doc is free, he and Carol escape with the loot from a botched robbery and find themselves on the run from the law, from a vengeful cohort, and from Benyon's deadly hit quad. But there's a raw force even more powerful that threatens them on their wild race for the border. When Doc discovers how his liberty was bought, the boundaries of love, lust and greed are put to the ultimate test. Michael Madsen and Jennifer Tilly co-star in this explosive rollercoaster ride of passion, adventure and suspense that WNBC-TV calls "Escapist fun with non-stop action that never lets up!"
"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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Alec Baldwin plays Doc McCoy, a professional thief in demand. When a Mexican drug dealer is being transferred from a New York prison to a more secure one, Doc comes up with a brilliant, simple plan to spring him. He succeeds, and with his partner, Rudy, they fly the man to Mexico where the man's uncle is waiting to accept his nephew and pay Doc and Rudy off for their work. But the deal goes bad. Doc is framed for murder, and Rudy gets away, returning to the States.
Doc's wife is played by the beautiful Kim Basinger. She visits Doc in prison, and he tells her he knows of a man in Arizona who does 'business' on both sides of the border. He wants Kim to tell him he's for sale. Doc's wife does this, but when she meets Benyon, the man Doc wants to help spring him free, Benyon wants more than Doc.... much more!
Doc is released from prison and meets Benyon, who tells him he wants him to 'hit' a dog track in Arizona. Apparently the owners of the field are cutting Benyon free and Benyon wants to get even by taking down their vault. "There's two or three million dollars in that vault," he tells Doc. "Maybe more."
Doc is paired with his wife and Rudy, who he still doesn't trust, and a second-rate thief named Hanson (played by a young little-known actor at that time, Phillip Thomas Hoffman). After hitting the dog track, things go wrong. Rudy turns on Doc and his wife. Doc and his wife make a getaway with all the cash, but Benyon's people want the money.... and them!
Chased by the mob and the police, Doc and his wife make a run for a hotel in El Paso where a man there can provide them with papers that'll get them across the border into Mexico nice and clean. But they have to get there first.
This was a good movie for Alec and Kim. They were married at the time. The director did a fine job using scenes similar to the original, like slow-moving action scenes (something Sam Peckinpah was well-known for). Both movies are better than the book, which I read and was very disappointed. It's good movie even by today's standards.
Robert Farnsworth plays the old guy who helps them escape to Mexico at the end, before he commited suicide later in life.
Lots of shoot-em up and thrilling action as well as several sexy love scenes.