The Getaway
The Getaway (1972)

In Sam Peckinpah's version of Walter Hill's script, from Jim Thompson's novel, an ex-con and his wife go on the lam after a Texas bank heist. Denied parole after four well-behaved years, Doc McCoy (Steve McQueen) sends his wife… More

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Rated: R
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Release Date: May 31, 2005
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Critic Score: 85% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Vincent Canby
New York Times

The action and the violence of The Getaway are supported by no particular themes whatsoever. The movie just unravels.

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Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

A gripping thriller.

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TV Guide's Movie Guide

Relentlessly depicts ruthless robbery and murder, not to mention adultery, kidnaping, bribery, extortion, and general mayhem. The vivid direction and lightning pace, however, make the film completely fascinating.

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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times

It's like one of those devices for executive desks, with the stainless steel balls on the strings: It functions with great efficiency but doesn't accomplish anything.

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David Nusair
Reel Film Reviews

...ultimately comes off as an above-average thriller that's elevated by the inclusion of several electrifying sequences and an expectedly charismatic turn from Steve McQueen.

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Rob Thomas
Capital Times (Madison, WI)

Tough as nails and very effective.

Felix Vasquez Jr.
Cinema Crazed

Still the best action movie I've ever seen.

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John J. Puccio
Movie Metropolis

The Getaway scores a triple play: It's a good character examination, a good relationship study, and a good action flick.

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Keith Breese
Filmcritic.com

simply too contrived to be taken seriously

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Flixster Audience Score: 82% Flixster User Reviews
Alex roy
Sam Peckinpah's visceral direction was unique in the sense that he always managed to craft pictures that were riveting, tense, brutal and exciting. Often… More
Tsubaki Sanjuro
Peckinpah directs, Walter Hill writes. There are some ups and downs on the script, but this is a solid flick.
Graham Jones
Peckinpah's action flick is well made and original though not one of his best.
Reid Volk
I have a major soft spot for 70's crime movies. They are just so damn gritty and it seems that more of an emphasis was placed on suspense building rather… More
Chris Weber
Filmed on location across various parts of Texas this is the story of Carter "Doc" McCoy (Steve McQueen), a bankrobber who gets released from prison… More
xGary Xx
A career criminal is granted parole by a corrupt politician in exchange for masterminding a bank robbery but when things go awry he and his wife have to make a… More