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Sam Peckinpah plays director-for-hire yet again in this Steve McQueen vehicle.

  • Jul 31, 2009
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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 in the joint. When he gets out, he's offered to do a bank job by a shady lawman (Ben Johnson, a Peckinpah regular) who'll provide an early release if he does a simple "job" for him. He even assigns him his own crew (Al Lettieri and Bo Hopkins). What seems like a easy job turns into a s.n.a.f.u. What screwed up this cake walk of a scheme? Who's responsible? Why is everyone after Doc and his old lady (Ali McGraw)? To find out you'll have to watch the action/thriller classic THE GETAWAY.

Recommended for Sam Peckinpah and Steve McQueen fans
Sam Peckinpah plays director-for-hire yet again in this Steve McQueen vehicle. Sam Peckinpah plays director-for-hire yet again in this Steve McQueen vehicle. Sam Peckinpah plays director-for-hire yet again in this Steve McQueen vehicle.

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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...

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Director: Sam Peckinpah
Genre: Action, Drama, Adventure
Release Date: December 13, 1972
MPAA Rating: PG
Runtime: 2hrs 2min
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