The Getaway details
|Formats:||18 DVD, Blu-ray|
|Starring:||Slim Pickens, Sally Struthers, Bo Hopkins, Ali MacGraw, Al Lettieri, Ben Johnson, Steve McQueen|
|Studio:||WARNER HOME VIDEO|
|Collections:||100 Cops & Robbers|
|Run time:||1 hour 58 minutes|
|Rental release:||25 Sep 1998|
|Hearing impaired subtitles:||English|
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Peckinpah ClassicBy James Martin from Bury St. Edmunds, Suffolk , 28 Aug 2004
[Highly rated reviewer]Though i was expecting a bloodier film, coming from the man who directed 'The Wild Bunch'.
Still, the film is a classic and Steve McQueen is excellent as the master of cool.
The film centres around Steve McQueen as a professional thief who is employed to do a 'job' in exchange for being taken out of prison. Needless to say, things go wrong and the film centres around (not surprisingly) McQueen and MacGraw's 'Getaway'.
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Complete amoralityBy Epona (102 reviews) from Britain , 27 Aug 2013
THIS REVIEW CONTAINS SPOILERS Show review anywayHideI suppose if I was a proper film buff I'd have known what to expect from Peckinpah - I was expecting this to be pretty mainstream but it's quite the opposite. It's rather interesting, no-one in the film is likeable in the slightest, and absolutely no-one has any moral standards. McCoy's only moral standpoint is totally twisted, in that he expected his wife to get him out of jail, but wasn't happy about the method she used to do it. There's also a chap at the end who gives them a lift who is delighted they're married - but even his double standards mean he doesn't care that they offer him their ill-gotten money in exchange for his van - he's as bad as everyone else. Lots of bad people die in a hail of bullets, but the main characters don't get their comeuppance, they drive off happily into the sunset. Lots of innocent people are left dead in their wake. Harold's wife is happy to go off with Rudy and doesn't seem that bothered by her husband's eventual suicide. So things like that make it a quite strange film to digest. I've just watched 'Straw Dogs' as a comparison and that's extremely similar. Perhaps it's a more accurate reflection of the unfairness and madness of a chaotic world (albeit a more than normally violent one). It's thought provoking but I'm not sure if it means something important or not. And it did drag on a bit. So I think that's why I've given it 3 and a half stars. You can't really say you 'enjoyed' a film like this. But it certainly sticks in the mind (or the throat?) for a while.
What a classicBy 316wwe (42 reviews) from Wembley , 22 Jan 2013
THIS REVIEW CONTAINS SPOILERS Show review anywayHideWell what can be said about a Steve McQueen film. It was very well acted a wife and husband on the run after a bank robbery goes wrong.
A must-see for McQueen devotees but not his best work.By Ayerst (11 reviews) from St. Albans , 23 Mar 2012Slow paced and moody McQueen teams up with decorative but rather wooden Ali MacGraw playing a husband and wife bank robbing duo on the run from both the law and from their former accomplices.
Don't expect Peckinpah usual levels of blood and gore, nor McQueen in edge-of-the seat car chases in this ambitious but ultimately rather clumsy rendition of Jim Thompson's novel. Although it tries hard, it never really explores the main characters in any depth. Not a bad film, and worth watching if you don't come to it with expectations set too high.
The Love Story girl gets her top off. Sort of..By a customer , 31 Dec 2011A huge hit on release this movie is driven by the uber-star quality of McQeen, with box office darling Ali M along for the ride, beautifully orchestrated by director Peckinpah. Landing smack in the middle of the highly creative period in US movies - 1967-74 - there's no CGI or particular gore here. Just a great story, actors and directors.
A McQueen Classic.By hazgeoff (4 reviews) from Folkestone , 21 Jul 2011A fairly old film but McQueen at his best, not as much violence as some Peckinpah film but gripping thriller nevertheless. The bonus is the lovely Ali McGraw, she rocks my boat.
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