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The Getaway is a 1972 crime and action film directed by Sam Peckinpah and starring Steve McQueen, Ali MacGraw and Ben Johnson. The film is based on the novel by Jim Thompson, with the screenplay written by Walter Hill. A box office hit earning $26 million at the theaters, the film was one of the most financially successful productions of both Peckinpah and McQueen's careers. It was remade in 1994 as The Getaway, starring Alec Baldwin and Kim Basinger.

Carter "Doc" McCoy (McQueen), an incarcerated mastermind criminal, is suffering from the isolation of prison life in Texas. After being denied parole, he sends his wife Carol (McGraw) to make a deal with Jack Benyon (Johnson), a corrupt local businessman. Benyon has Doc paroled on the condition that he take part in a bank robbery with two of his minions, Rudy (Al Lettieri) and Frank (Bo Hopkins). During the robbery, a guard is killed and Rudy attempts to doublecross the group, killing Frank and drawing a gun on Doc, but Doc beats him to the draw and shoots him several times.

Doc meets with Benyon to divide the money, but Benyon attempts to doublecross him before being shot and killed by Carol. Doc suddenly realizes that Carol had to sleep with Benyon in order to guarantee his release from prison. Discouraged and angry, Doc gathers up the money and the couple flees for the border in El Paso, Texas.

The injured Rudy, having secretly worn a bulletproof vest, is still alive. He forces a rural veterinarian (Jack Dodson) and his young wife Fran (Sally Struthers) to treat his injuries, and then kidnaps them in order to pursue Doc and Carol. Meanwhile, Benyon's brother Cully (Roy Jenson) and his thugs also join in the pursuit.

Doc and Carol fight over her indiscretion with Benyon, and then buy train tickets to El Paso. While Doc is away, a con man lifts the money from Carol. Doc follows the thief onto a train and takes back the money. The injured con man and several witnesses are taken to the police station and identify Doc's mug shot. The couple, now recognized wherever they go, are forced into several shoot-outs and chases with the police. They escape by hiding in a dumpster, only to end up in the back of a garbage truck and dumped at the local landfill. Grim and frustrated, the couple decides to stick together and see things through.

During Rudy's pursuit of Doc and Carol, the veterinarian's wife Fran begins to have an affair with him. Humiliated, the veterinarian hangs himself in a motel bathroom. Rudy and Fran arrive in El Paso at a motel safe house and await the outlaw couple's arrival. Cully and his goons also arrive, and they eventually have a massive gunfight with Doc and Carol in the motel's halls and stairway. Doc and Carol kill these men and frantically flee through the fire escape. Rudy follows them, but Doc shoots and kills him. With the police en route, the couple hijacks a pickup truck and force its driver, an unassuming cowboy (Slim Pickens), to take them into Mexico. After crossing the border, Doc and Carol give the cowboy $30,000 for his truck. Overjoyed, the cowboy walks back to El Paso while the couple drives to safety in Mexico.

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CastSteve McQueen, Ben Johnson, Richard Bright, Slim Pickens, Dub Taylor, Dick Crockett, Bo Hopkins, Bill Hart, Sally Struthers, Jack Dodson, Roy Jenson, Ali MacGraw, Al Lettieri, Whitney Jones, John Bryson, A.L. Camp, Stacy Newton, Tom Runyon
DirectorSam Peckinpah
Genre:  Action, Drama, Adventure
Release Date:  December 13, 1972
MPAA Rating:  PG
Runtime:  2hrs 2min
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review by . July 31, 2009
Sam Peckinpah plays director-for-hire yet again in this Steve McQueen vehicle.
The Getaway was a starring vehicle for Steve McQueen and his lady friend Ali McGraw. In need of a paying job, Sam Peckinpah agreed to work on the movie. He tried to make as many changes he could with the script and production personal. As hard as he tried, Steve McQueen had the final say and that included a P.G. rated film and a lot of screen time. Despite all of these flaws, it's still an entertaining movie.      Steve McQueen stars as Doc. A man who's been doing a stretch …
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