Movies From the Hat VI #40 – Marta’s Pick – The Driver (1978)


This is my 3477th Review

Thanks to  Marta of Rambling of a Cinephile for this recommendation.

Here are his thoughts on the film.

“I respect a man that’s good at what he does. I’ll tell you something, I’m very good at what I do. ” – The Detective

Number of Times Seen – 1 (1 Nov 2017)

Brief Synopsis – An expert getaway driver is relentlessly pursued by a detective who will do anything to catch him.

My Take on it – This is a film that I had never even heard of and was  intrigued by the premise when Marta recommended it.

It is presented as a pure cat and mouse film and works so well in that capacity.

They don’t expect anything from the audience besides the desire to enjoy a fun and thrilling movie.

And thrilling it is; the car chase scenes are expertly shot and breathtaking to watch as they move at full throttle the whole time.

The cast is so talented with Ryan O’Neal and Bruce Dern in the two lead roles with Issabella Adjani playing the female who has a connection to both of them.

The characters are all exact stereotypes that we can expect from a film like this and to help emphasize that fact, none of the characters have names for themselves and are instead are symbolically referred to by their occupation/specialty.

Bottom Line – Great film because it’s a pure cat and mouse film which doesn’t expect much from the audience besides the desire to be entertained. Loved the idea to not give any of the characters names but instead keep each as a symbol for a different kind of stereotype in these kind of films. O’Neal, Dern and Adjani are all great here and help keep things interesting.  The chase scenes are superbly shot and make it all extremely thrilling. Recommended!

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – This film was originally written for Steve McQueen, but he turned it down. According to Walter Hill, “He didn’t want to do anything that had to do with cars at that time. He felt he had already done that and it was pretty hard to argue with that.” Hill had been assistant director on Bullitt (1968) and The Thomas Crown Affair (1968) and wrote The Getaway (1972). (From IMDB)

Rating – Globe Worthy

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