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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.