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The Getaway
ID:
1972
Comments:
Director: Sam Peckinpah
Screenplay: Jim Thompson, Walter Hill
Producer: David Foster, Gordon T. Dawson, Mitchell Brower
Cast: Steve McQueen, Ali MacGraw, Ben Johnson, Sally Struthers, Al Lettieri
Genre: Action & Adventure

Running Time: 122
Aspect Ratio:  2.40:1 (NTSC Widescreen)
Sound: Dolby Digital 1.0
Subtitles: English, Spanish, French
Features: Special Edition
Studio:  Warner Home Video DVD Region:  1 PG
DVD Release:  May 2005 Discs:  1 (DVD) [$19.98]
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Reviews:  It's better than the 1994 remake starring Kim Basinger and husband Alec Baldwin, but this 1972 thriller relies too heavily on the low-key star power of Steve McQueen and Ali MacGraw, and the stylish violence of director Sam Peckinpah, reduced here to a mechanical echo of his former glory. McQueen plays a bank robber whose wife (MacGraw) makes a deal with a Texas politician to have her husband released from prison in return for a percentage from their next big heist. But when the plan goes sour, the couple must flee to Mexico as fast as they can, with a variety of gun-wielding thugs on their trail. MacGraw was duly skewered at the time for her dubious acting ability, but the film still has a raw, unglamorous quality that lends a timeless spin to the familiar crooks-on-the-lam scenario. As always, Peckinpah rises to the occasion with some audacious scenes of action and suspense, including a memorable chase on a train that still grabs the viewer's attention. Not a great film, but a must for McQueen and Peckinpah fans. "--Jeff Shannon"


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