It takes two to make it … The big two.
A recently released ex-convict and his loyal wife go on the run after a heist goes wrong.
A recently released ex-convict and his loyal wife go on the run after a heist goes wrong.
Steve McQueen Ali MacGraw Ben Johnson Al Lettieri Sally Struthers Slim Pickens Richard Bright Jack Dodson Dub Taylor Bo Hopkins Roy Jenson John Bryson Bill Hart Tom Runyon Whitney Jones Tommy Bush Raymond King Ivan Thomas C.W. White Brenda W. King W. Dee Kutach Brick Lowry Martin Colley O.S. Savage Dick Crockett A.L. Camp Bob Veal Bruce Bissonette Maggie Gonzalez Show All…
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The Getaway is a greasy, sociopathic Texas Noir based upon a Jim Thompson novel, scripted by Walter Hill and directed by Sam Peckinpah, starring Steve McQueen and Ali McGraw as criminals on the lam from other, more powerful criminals. Those are the most important things to know about The Getaway. Lesserly important things to know or to ask oneself is: how badly do you want to see Steve McQueen set a police car on fire by repeatedly emptying shotgun blasts into it in slow motion? Do you want to know if therapy kittens quicken healing of broken bones? The answer to that is yes and yes, kittens do. It is also to know that although it is as dark and…
"My old lady must've made you a lot of promises."
Without a doubt the most interesting editing and soundtrack decisions in a heist/car chase movie. The editing is frantic and jumpy, and it controls the tension of the film wonderfully, but there's also an atemporality to it that gives us insight into the characters' emotions in a unique and slightly unsettling way. The score integrates wild west elements to make McQueen and MacGraw feel like outlaws on the run, but it's also quite wonky and a bit distracting.
The two central performances are lovely, and their fraught relationship is at the core of the narrative, which makes the action more meaningful and gives everything a bit of weight. I had…
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Sam Peckinpah: The Getaway (1972)
This one was ace. I found it pretty difficult to track down, but it was definitely worth the effort. It's Sam Peckinpah directing a Walter Hill script about a convicted felon named Doc McCoy (Steve McQueen), who is bailed out by a corrupt businessman named Benyon after agreeing to a bank heist with his associates. The heist goes all wrong however, and Doc finds himself on the run with his wife Carol (Ali MacGraw) after being double-crossed by Benyon's associate Rudy.
McQueen and MacGraw probably don't make for a particularly interesting on-screen couple, but I did care about them enough to continue sitting through. Rudy (played by Al Lettieri) on…
Rudy: That's a walk-in bank. You don't have to be Dillinger for this one.
Doc: Dillinger got killed.
Rudy: Not in a bank.
Better Peckinpah than The Wild Bunch in my opinion. Whereas The Wild Bunch succeeds on its own merits despite being way too on the nose with its death of the old west imagery and a jumbled handling of its flashbacks, The Getaway just unleashes its story head-on, so what we're left with is the excitement and tension of bank-robbing movie stars flying across Texas.
With that, it still has Peckinpah's flare for outlandish violence and pulpy vibe that takes it to even higher level. Scenes like the couple hiding in the back of the garbage truck or…
A 70s action movie that could pass for a present day art film- the intimate scenes after Doc is released from prison are genuine and touching, the relationship portrayed goes way past the stock romance that is prevalent for the genre.
Some tasteless and repugnant business with the veterinarian's wife is the only detractor; it seemed quite out of place and unwanted in regard to the quality of everything else.
There's nothing about this film that isn't brilliant. At least, nothing I can think of. Peckinpah really took it to another level here and that's remarkable for a man whose entire career was based on taking things too far. The thing is that this film has elements that are disturbing even now.
Too many filmmakers these days look to shock for it's own sake, but Peckinpah was doing shock and violence before Tarantino grew out of diapers. In a lot of ways, he did it better. The violence in this picture is cold and emotionless. It runs right through the characters and into you so that you're living inside of it. There's no need for characters driving around covered in…
Two pretty people sit through exquisitely edited but incredibly dull sequences while Sam Peckinpah details his myriad issues with women. Then, almost like an afterthought, it ends with the best shootout since The Untouchables.
Apex Peckinpah, iconic in character and incident, breathless and twisted, blazing with brutal, matter-of-fact, mesmerizingly winding chases and shoot-outs and indeed many hard-won getaways. The proto-"No Country for Old Men" to an extent, a merciless, visionary filmmaker's incredibly suspenseful action epic about resourceful thieves desperately fleeing with stolen treasure from a world of vicious criminals.
The gauntlet that Steve McQueen and Ali MacGraw traverse is full of unforgettable scenes, richly felt settings, surprising turns, and satisfying payoffs; there's a wild wtf subplot with short-lived character actor extraordinaire Al Lettieri (he passed away just three years later) hot on their trail alongside a couple that he's kidnapped, and you've never been happier to see Slim Pickens than when he shows up…
Sam Peckinpah - 1/5
Overall - 6/100
The Getaway is that sorta movie you put on when you want to have a bad time. A brutal race through greasy 70s Texas, The Getaway has it all. Tense pacing, magnificent editing, and sudden bursts of violence that perfectly meld style with visceral weight, every death being more than just another mook biting the dust. It helps that Steve McQueen and Ali MacGraw do a phenomenal job at selling their parts as a fundamentally broken and abusive couple, the romantic myth of the Bonnie and Clyde 'lover criminals' as filtered through harsh, dysfunctional reality.
Unfortunately, not everything works in The Getaway. In fact, one aspect is quite poor - the…
My old lady must've made you a lot of promises.
-Carter "Doc" McCoy
You get certain expectations going into a Sam Peckinpah film starring Steve McQueen and of course it comes as no surprise when those expectations are completely blown away. It's also one of Walter Hill's first produced screenplays and one of the many films based on a Jim Thompson novel.
Steve McQueen was of course already known as the "The King of Cool" with his anti-hero persona in full effect, but here... here he is a god damn badass as Carter "Doc" McCoy, an ex-con on the run with his wife, the gorgeous Ali MacGraw, after a bank heist goes wrong.
You don't mess with THIS McQueen. If…
Hypothetical concern: Would Peckinpah be speed-ramping if he were alive today? Would he be too wise for it? Find a cleverer way to outdo the Zack Snyder's of the world? He was using slow motion sparingly, especially here, but it was still his signature move. I just wonder what he would make of it, if it added or subtracted to the experience of an action scene. Anywho, McQueen is at his peak coolness here, Bloody Sam at his most composed (the opening credits are an editing clinic in how to set mood) and Al Lettieri throwing chewed up meat and garbage into the front seat because "it makes me feel good" is about the funniest thing ever.
Whilst I still greatly dislike that fucking terrible Quincy Jones score, I must say that it wasn’t nearly as intrusive or as frequently present as I remembered this time round which allowed me to appreciate the many awesome things about this tough, stylish crime movie even more than before.
The opening title sequence depicting Steve McQueen’s central protagonist’s life behind prison walls is one for the ages with beautiful editing from regular Peckinpah collaborator, Robert L. Wolfe, and some genuinely stunning sound design.
This feels like the slickest “one for them” product possible after the understandably lacklustre response to previous Peckinpah/McQueen collaboration, Junior Bonner. There’s little to no fat here apart from an incredibly extraneous subplot involving an injured baddie,…
If this movie wasn't from 1972, I would think it was written and directed by the Cohen brothers. The film have a identical cinematographic style of these directors. It presents a story of a robbery along with touches of violence, action and a comedy that at times is black and ironic. Quite curious to find such a movie.
McQueen is an excellent actor and is perfect for action films. His way of being, the tough and clever guy who is not afraid of anything, is ideal for this type of story. I also like that there is a development of the relationship of both protagonists and that this is more important than the action itself. It is a good and entertaining movie. It is not the best of McQueen but I definitely recommend viewing it.
5.6 // 7.0
I love how sweaty everyone in this is
Slim Pickens is the GOAT. (Steve McQueen is ok too)
They may have been having an affair in real life, but Steve McQueen and Ali MacGraw have oil and water chemistry here. This film stinks.
McQueen and MacGraw together on screen is like a loaded weapon.
Must watch for Steve wielding a shotgun and shooting up a cop car.
Steve McQueen wielding a shotgun is the epitome of cinematic shotgun-wielding cool.
The only other Peckinpah I’ve seen was The Wild Bunch, but if The Getaway is any indication, I need to dive into the rest of his filmography. This heist-gone-wrong on-the-run thriller unfolds with a wayward nonchalance, drifting between spots of trouble and eruptions of violence. There’s a near-cosmic turbulence to this odyssey across a Southwest of oddballs and obstacles. Anchored by the brusque temper of McQueen and the till-death-do-us-part loyalty of Ali MacGraw, The Getaway accelerates from heist to chases, shootouts to desperate escapes, all imbued with burly ‘70s intensity and Peckinpah’s punchy editing.
Viewed in 1973. Another exceptional Peckinpah action thriller.
Thriller about robbery/insurance scam gone awry. This has some amazing sequences, from a scene in a dump truck to a really disturbing scene of characters throwing chicken wings at each other.
An unusual couple with 50,000 dollars, switching cars, an shooting coos with a shotgun. Yet they are inseparable.
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