The Getaway

The Getaway

DVD - 2005
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A convict leaves jail on parole and promptly joins his wife in a bank robbery.
Publisher: Burbank, CA : Warner Home Video, [2005]
Edition: Widescreen deluxe edition
Description: 1 videodisc (123 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in
ISBN: 9781419806810
Branch Call Number: DVD Geta


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Oct 07, 2017

An underappreciated Sam Peckinpah film! Superb acting, scripting, photography, locations (Texas sites). McQueen is great, deadly controlled criminal. The cast of Peckinpah favorites is great (Ben Johnson, Slim Pickens, in a really endearing role, Dub Taylor, et al.).

May 08, 2017

The Getaway scores a triple play: It's a good character examination, a good relationship study, and a good action flick.

Apr 27, 2017

One of the best action adventure films of the early 70's, The Getaway holds up well today. It refreshingly stays close to reality in its chase scenes and encounters, a relief from the impossibly over-the-top sequences in today's action flicks. And of course nothing is computer generated. The key to the films success is the convergence of the major contributors who were all at their best. The taut script was an early one by Walter Hill, who would later go on to direct action films like The Warriors and 48 Hrs. The director, Sam Peckinpah had been known for Westerns and in 1969 had a big success with The Wild Bunch. Steve McQueen and Ali MacGraw were two of the biggest stars in the world at the time and their chemistry is very real. They became involved on the set and married in August of 1972. The supporting cast includes old western regulars Ben Johnson and Slim Pickins.

Mar 07, 2017

If you don't know crime writer Jim Thompson then you should read some of his stuff. He is one crazy writer that will challenge your mind and morals. He wrote "The Getaway" in 1958 and Sam Peckinpah brought it to the screen in 1972. The movie says it stars Steve McQuee and Ali McGraw, but she adds nothing to this film. Steve McQueen was immensely popular with audiences for almost all his adult years. Something in his attitude mesmerized the viewer. The more memorable female here is Sally Struthers, who played "Gloria" in the Archive Bunker program. Overall, the film is okay but only because Americans are fascinated with crime genre.

May 20, 2016

When i was a kid i rarely went to the movies. My dad--who grew up in the 50s in a small western town--occassionally took me, but it was always to see Eastwood, Reynolds or McQueen. I couldn't stand the heroic he-man type but would gladly tag along so i could see the big screen.

Nowadays i don't mind Clint Eastwood, still can't stand Burt Reynolds, but i really like Steve McQueen. Maybe it comes from knowing more about him--his underprivileged youth, regular guy persona, admitting he wasn't much of an actor. Like John Wayne he could get by on sheer force of personality. It's fun to see him paired with a highly trained and skillful actor like Dustin Hoffman in Papillon and see him hold his own.

I know the Getaway is a commercial flick, but i really enjoy it. It has a great cast, brilliant editing, and Sam Peckinpah had a way of eliciting inspired work from his actors. Al Lettieri is both terrifying and hilarious (i always freeze the moment he spits the food at the camera--was he drunk?). He reportedly was a heavy drinker, and it's our loss that he died at 47 (and McQueen at 50, Peckinpah at 59). For a fascinating report from the set, check out Grover Lewis' anthology from MCL.

Oct 27, 2015

One of Steve McQueens slower moving films, by todays standards

Mar 31, 2015

Spellbinding! Steve McQueen at his best, Sally Struthers at her earliest.

aaa5756 Jul 04, 2014

Very well done movie. A pleasure to watch. I would recommend this movie for all to see. No fast forwarding on this one. No falling asleep on this DVD!!!!!

btmslt Apr 20, 2012

At the very beginning, I was expecting a prison escape movie but was pleasently surprised when it was something else. However, it is a bit long and sometimes I lost interest in the plot.

Jul 17, 2011

A jailed convict exchanged his freedom to perform one bank heist for a crooked politician and his embezzling banker brother. After the job, he and his wife embarked to getaway from the double crossing brothers and their goons. Viewers are rewarded with a happy ending that was not ensured till the final minutes, happier than the other McQueen film of similar genre: "The Thomas Crown Affair."

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Mar 26, 2015

Rudy: That's a walk-in bank, man. A piece of cake. You don't have to be Dillinger for that one.
Doc: Bang. Dillinger got killed.
Rudy: Not in a bank.
Doc: If you're trying to get me back in Huntsville ... you're going about it the right way.
Carol: Well, I just wouldn't worry about that Doc, 'cause I can always get you out. I mean, I can screw every prison official in Texas if I have to.
Doc: Texas is a big state.
Carol: I can handle it.
Doc: I bet you can.
Thug: Listen, you old bastard...if you don't tell me what I want to hear...I'm gonna rip these fingers clear up to your elbows.

aaa5756 Jul 04, 2014

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