The Getaway (1972)


“Punch it, Baby! ” – Doc McCoy

Number of Times Seen – 1 (Cable in the 90’s and 17 Feb 2018)

Brief Synopsis – A recently patrolled bank robber is forced to participate in a bank rtobbery and when things goes wrong, he and his wife must run from the police and the men who set up the heist.

My Take on it – This is a film that I saw years ago and didn’t recall much about it.

In my quest to watch more Steve McQueen films, I decided to refresh my memory of this film and thoroughly enjoyed it.

This film work largely due to the fact that the plot constantly moves along the whole time and is pretty relentless in giving us such a great action thriller.

The characters aren’t necessarily people who do good things yet we still care about what will happen to them largely due to the fact that their back story stays interesting as the story moves along.

McQueen and co-star Ali MacGraw are both great here and we constantly want them to find a way out of the situation that they have landed in.

The supporting cast is equally as great and it’s quite enjoyable watching this cat and mouse chase that constantly changes directions along the way.

This is a great action thriller that delivers and it doesn’t hurt that they are able to keep surprising us along the way with lots of unexpected twists and turns that work really well.

Bottom Line – Great McQueen film that works because it is constantly moving. The characters aren’t necessarily good people yet, they are interesting to watch as the story moves along. McQueen and MacGraw are both great here and the supporting cast is also relentless in everything they do.  The action is great and they manage to keep surprising with nice twists and turns along the way. Recommended!

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – According to “The Garner Files”, Luis Delgado was working as Steve McQueen’s stand-in. Luis’ wife bought him a custom van, built by Tony Nancy, for his birthday. James Garner volunteered to drive the van from Los Angeles to San Antonio to surprise Luis. While on the set, Jim drove an orange VW Beetle in the robbery scene (you can see it through the rear window of the blue Ford that Steve is driving away from the front porch he just wrecked). When Jim asked Sam Peckinpah to be paid for the car stunt, Sam asked “How much do you want?”. Jim said “Just give me what you think it’s worth.” Sam reached in his pocket pulled out $1. Jim later said he had so much fun doing the stunt, he would have paid Sam. (From IMDB)

Rating – Globe Worthy (8/10)

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