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791 Ratings

The Getaway

Directed by Sam Peckinpah
United States, 1972
Crime, Drama


Doc McCoy has been granted parole. The catch is that Sheriff Beynon expects a small favor from McCoy for his generosity: robbing another bank! But Beynon does not really intend to let McCoy walk away after the heist and neither does co-robber Rudy Butler…

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The Getaway Directed by Sam Peckinpah

Awards & Festivals

Golden Globes (USA)

1973 | Nominee: Best Original Score - Motion Picture

Critics reviews

Of all Sam Peckinpah’s films, the violence of The Getaway often strikes me as the most senseless. This is heightened only because the film lacks the same sensitive backing as his previous works, a reality only compounded watching multiple films of his at Locarno this past week. For all the awful massacres and heart-wrenching deaths found in his work, somehow The Getaway feels heightened by incredible anger.
August 13, 2015
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What appears as a straightforwardly stylish and violent action film, starring Steve McQueen and Ali MacGraw, turns out to be the result of much push-and-pull in board rooms, in editing rooms, and on location. The hallmark of Peckinpah’s fierce aesthetic is a hysterical restraint in the face of violence; it plays like a poignant response to a way of life—and of work.
March 21, 2013
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Hill’s screenplay, dedicated “to Raoul Walsh,” is taut, fast-paced and chilling… On the whole, the characters in The Getaway, including the principals, are depicted as sordid, grubby, essentially conscienceless psychopaths, pretty much lacking in either basic human scruples or redeeming social value. But far and away the most repellent —— and fascinating —— character in the script is “Fran,” the veterinarian’s distinctly polymorphous-perverse wife.
October 12, 1972
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