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The Getaway

The Getaway(1972)

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  • the getaway

    • kevin sellers
    • 2/12/17

    Standard botched heist movie with a pallid screenplay by the usually good writer of hard bitten Americana, Walter Hill. As written by him and as acted by the terminally laid back Steve Mc Queen bank robber Doc McCoy is just not someone I give a damn about. And his snippy, preppy gun moll girlfriend, Carol, played by the woefully bad Ali McGraw is even less compelling. Indeed, the movie's running joke about her ineptitude...getting conned out of the money, not knowing how to drive, etc...becomes an allegory for this lovely gal's lack of acting talent. A few of the subsidiary players fare better. Al Lettieri, Ben Johnson, Sally Struthers, and Richard Bright stand out as purveyors of sleaze, sadism, and general sordidness. And director Sam Peckinpah's interest in and at times even affection for these various sickos is a nice contrast with the blandness of the McQueen/McGraw scenes. Indeed, it's the only thing that lifts this film out of the "typical" category. Give it a C plus. P.S. The walk in the park scene following McQueen's being sprung from jail is Peckinpah's homage to Raoul Walsh's "High Sierra," a much better film in the same genre as this one.

  • They made it like they used to

    • Justin R Dutko
    • 4/30/11

    This is the better of the two versions and watching it proves it never gets old Sam Peckinpah at the helm directing the King of Cool at his best with a supporting cast that is to die for (as many of them do) a quirky score by quincy jones and action scenes that look real unlike the computer laden fake looking junk that gets passed off nowadays when this came out it was one of Sams biggest money makers. He and Mcqueen would again team up for the not as well received Junior Bonner (one of my top ten films of all time) Al letteri stalks the lead couple throughout the film in one his best roles and many other familiar faces will pop up that film fans of the sixties and seventies will recognize not to mention based on a novel by Jim Thompson the legendary pulp writer even though the film jettisons the books ending for a happy Hollywood ending

  • Al Lettieri

    • Ardy
    • 8/18/09

    Al Lettieri (born Alfred Lettieri, February 24, 1928 October 18, 1975) was an Italian American actor, best known for his portrayal of Virgil "The Turk" Sollozzo in The Godfather.Lettieri projected an aura of menace and ruthlessness in his film roles, which he attributed to his acquaintance with real-life gangsters, including Joey Gallo. At the age of 36, he made his screen debut in the TV film The Hanged Man. Lettieri played the villain against some of Hollywood's biggest screen names including chasing Steve McQueen in The Getaway, Charles Bronson in Mr. Majestyk, and John Wayne in McQ.

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