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The Getaway
- Steve Mcqueen

Overview - After the rugged rodeo drama JUNIOR BONNER, the impetuous Sam Peckinpah reteamed with Steve McQueen for this down-and-dirty heist picture. McQueen stars with his soon-to-be real-life bride Ali McGraw (with whom he fell in love during the film's production) as the beautiful, but dangerous, married couple Doc and Carol McCoy.  Read more...

 
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Overview

After the rugged rodeo drama JUNIOR BONNER, the impetuous Sam Peckinpah reteamed with Steve McQueen for this down-and-dirty heist picture. McQueen stars with his soon-to-be real-life bride Ali McGraw (with whom he fell in love during the film's production) as the beautiful, but dangerous, married couple Doc and Carol McCoy. After being released from prison--for reasons Doc would rather not acknowledge--Doc shacks up in a hotel with Carol to plot a small-town bank robbery. Of course, the heist doesn't go as smoothly as planned, resulting in an action-packed journey that sends the lovers on a reckless romp through the beautiful Texas landscape. Peckinpah's big screen adaptation of Jim Thompson's novel features the trademark qualities that helped to make him such an alternately reviled and revered figure: namely, his vision of a world in which even the good guys are bad guys. Lucien Ballard's gorgeous cinematography contrasts wonderfully with the gritty subject matter, lifting the potentially standard picture to a more artistic plateau. The chemistry between the incomparably cool McQueen and the magnetic McGraw also confirms THE GETAWAY's status as a defining film of the genre.

Cast List

David Foster - Producer, began in early '70s, THE GETAWAY (1972) and (1994)
Mitchell Brower - Producer
Ted Haworth - Production Designer
Edward Haworth - Production Designer
Edward S. Haworth - Production Designer
Ben Johnson - American Actor/Westerns
Walter Hill - Screenwriter/Director/Prod.
Quincy Jones - American Musician/Composer/Producer
Jim Thompson - American Novelist/Screenwriter
Al Fleming
Sally Struthers - American TV Actress
Steve McQueen - American actor, BULLIT
Steven McQueen - American actor, BULLIT
Bo Hopkins - American Supporting Actor
Sam Peckinpah - American Director/Screenwriter, THE WILD BUNCH (1969)
Samuel David Peckinpah - American Director/Screenwriter, THE WILD BUNCH (1969)
Lucien Ballard - Cinematographer, RIO GRANDE/THE WILD BUNCH
Robert L. Wolfe
Ali MacGraw - American actress, LOVE STORY (1970)
Carey Loftin - Stunt Coordinator
Angelo Graham
Gene Nelson - American Dancer/Actor/Director
Gene Berg - American Dancer/Actor/Director
Slim Pickens - American Character Actor
Al Lettieri - Character Actor/Producer
Alfredo Lettieri - Character Actor/Producer
Bud Hulburd - Special Effects

 
Details
    Blu-Ray Disc Format
  • Format: Blu-Ray
  • Run Time: 123
  • Color Format: Color
  • UPC: 085391136903
  • Genre: Action/Adventure
  • Rating: PG (MPAA)
  • Release Date: December 2009

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Notes:
Theatrical release: December 13, 1972 Shot on location in various Texas locations. Peckinpah, who died in 1984, is well known for making some of the most controversial films of the late 1960s and 1970s. However, he began putting his imprint on the film world a decade earlier as the dialogue director for many of Donald Siegel's films, the first of which was 1954's RIOT IN CELL BLOCK 11. While working with Siegel, Peckinpah was a jack-of-all-trades who wrote screenplays (including 1956's INVASION OF THE BODY SNATCHERS), and also learned to direct action films. THE GETAWAY was remade in 1984 with husband-and-wife team Alec Baldwin and Kim Basinger.

Reviews:
Ranked #5 in Uncut's Best DVDs Of 2005 -- "Sam Peckinpah's most ferociously entertaining film." - 01/01/2006 Uncut, p.84-85


4 stars out of 5 -- "Peckinpah's testosterone-fueled actioner stars McQueen as an ex-con..." - 05/01/2007 Ultimate DVD, p.81

 
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