Dungeon Classics #29: The Getaway

FilmDungeon’s Chief Editor JK sorts through the Dungeon’s DVD-collection to look for old cult favorites….

The Getaway (1972, USA)

Director: Sam Peckinpah
Cast: Steve McQueen, Ali MacGraw, Sally Struthers, Al Lettieri
Running Time: 101 mins.

Seventies classic with a terrific Steve McQueen as bank robber Carter ‘Doc’ McCoy who goes on the run with his wife (Ali MacGraw) after a job went awry. Both the police and criminals are on their tail. What makes this movie work is that it is in fact a love story. McCoy was in jail for five years and his wife had to have sex with a parole board member to get him out. This man – Beynon – was also the one who ordered the bank job and assigned two amateurs to Doc’s team. They are the ones who screwed it up and one of them (Rudy played by The Godfather villain Al Lettieri) is now after them. McCoy can’t forgive his wife for what she did, despite her good intentions, and this psychological drama makes the movie rise above the routine lovers on the run story. Director Peckinpah’s trademark slow motion violence is on display during the finale in a memorable sequence in a hotel.

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