The Getaway
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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 Carol (Ali MacGraw) to dirty politician Jack Benyon (Ben Johnson) to get him out of prison. Carol secures Doc's freedom, on the condition that he does one more bank job for Benyon. Doc and his accomplices Rudy (Al Lettieri) and Jackson (Bo Hopkins) get the cash, but Doc soon discovers how Rudy intends to keep it all for himself and how Carol convinced… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 85%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"The action and the violence of The Getaway are supported by no particular themes whatsoever. The movie just unravels."
‑ Vincent Canby, New York Times
"A gripping thriller."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"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."
‑ , TV Guide's Movie Guide
"A tough crime drama with a steely McQueen performance and the usual quota of Peckinpah violence."
‑ Bob Bloom, Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN)
"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."
‑ Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times
"...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."
‑ David Nusair, Reel Film Reviews
"Tough as nails and very effective."
‑ Rob Thomas, Capital Times (Madison, WI)
"A trashy good time!"
‑ Scott Weinberg,
"Still the best action movie I've ever seen."
‑ Felix Vasquez Jr., Cinema Crazed
"The Getaway scores a triple play: It's a good character examination, a good relationship study, and a good action flick."
‑ John J. Puccio, Movie Metropolis
"simply too contrived to be taken seriously"
‑ Keith Breese,
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