The Getaway (1972) [Blu-ray]
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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
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In a film like this you don't want to give anything away, so let me just say that Doc McCoy (McQueen) gets paroled from prison and rejoins his wife, Carol (MacGraw). After that there is a bank heist that goes awry with many twists and turns until the end. This is the early 70's, so you need to understand Doc as an antihero. You also should know Peckinpah's reputation for onscreen bloodshed, though it's only there when necessary; it's not really bad by modern standards, but before him most shots were bloodless and often offscreen. Really great without qualification.
I remember at the time the it was controversial because hero's should never be lawbreakers was the thinking.
Sam Peckinpah was a Genius!
And the actors, McQueen and MacGraw are fantastic and it almost seems that their bickering and fights are real and some say it was real.....
McQueen: If you're trying to get me back in Huntsville, you're going about it the right way.
MacGraw: Well I just wouldn't worry about that Doc, becasue I can always get you out, you know I can screw every prison official in Texas if I have to!
McQueen: Texas is a big state.
MacGraw: I can handle it.
McQueen: Yeah, I bet you can.
Great Action and at times very funny with Sally Struthers and Jack Dodson portraying a married couple that can only be described as hilarious when Rudy, Al Lettieri appears in their life.
WATCH THIS MOVIE at least once