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Format: Blu-Ray DVD
Sku: 204055639
UPC: 085391136903
UPC 14: 00085391136903
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A Sam Peckinpah Film.
Master thief Doc McCoy knows his wife has slept with the local political boss in order to spring him from jail. What he can't know is the series of double-crosses that will sour the deal once he's on the outside - and executing the ultimate robbery. Join Steve McQueen and Ali MacGraw in a supreme action thriller based on Jim Thompson's novel. Sam Peckinpah directed, filming on locations across Texas and in sequence - from the Huntsville State Prison to the explosive El Paso border climax. Once The Getaway starts, there's no escaping its breathless intensity!

"A tough crime drama with a steely McQueen performance and the usual quota of Peckinpah violence.  Bob Bloom, Journal and Courier
"Tough as nails and very effective.  Rob Thomas, Capital Times
"A trashy good time!  Scott Weinberg, eFilmCritic.com
"A great thriller. Peckinpah's control of the escalating frenzy is masterly.  Time Out Film Guide
"...vivid direction...lightning pace...completely fascinating.  TV Guide's Movie Guide

Editor's Note
After the rugged rodeo drama JUNIOR BONNER, the impetuous Sam Peckinpah reteamed with Steve McQueen for this down-and-dirty heist picture. McQueen stars with his soon-to-be real-life bride Ali McGraw (with whom he fell in love during the film's production) as the beautiful, but dangerous, married couple Doc and Carol McCoy. After being released from prison--for reasons Doc would rather not acknowledge--Doc shacks up in a hotel with Carol to plot a small-town bank robbery. Of course, the heist doesn't go as smoothly as planned, resulting in an action-packed journey that sends the lovers on a reckless romp through the beautiful Texas landscape.

Peckinpah's big screen adaptation of Jim Thompson's novel features the trademark qualities that helped to make him such an alternately reviled and revered figure: namely, his vision of a world in which even the good guys are bad guys. Lucien Ballard's gorgeous cinematography contrasts wonderfully with the gritty subject matter, lifting the potentially standard picture to a more artistic plateau. The chemistry between the incomparably cool McQueen and the magnetic McGraw also confirms THE GETAWAY's status as a defining film of the genre.

Features

Video Features Deluxe Edition, Widescreen, Aspect Ratio 2.40:1, English, French, Spanish, Subtitled

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Release Information
Video Mfg Name Studio: Warner
Video Release Date Release Date: 2/27/2007
Video Play Time Running Time: 123 minutes
Video Release Year Original Release Date: 1972
Video CategoryId Catalog ID: 113690
Video UPC UPC: 00085391136903
Video Number of Discs Number of Discs: 1

Audio & Video
Video Original Language Original Language: English
Video Audio Spec Available Audio Tracks: English
Video Color Spec Video: Color

Aspect Ratio
Video Aspect Ratio Widescreen  1.85:1

Cast & Crew

Video Cast Info Ali MacGraw
Video Cast Info Sally Struthers
Video Cast Info Slim Pickens
Video Cast Info Steve McQueen
Video Cast Info Angelo P. Graham - Art Director
Video Cast Info Jim Thompson - Based On Novel By
Video Cast Info Lucien Ballard - Cinematographer
Video Cast Info Mitchell Brower, et. al. - Producer
Video Cast Info Quincy Jones - Original Music By
Video Cast Info Robert L. Wolfe - Editor
Video Cast Info Sam Peckinpah - Director
Video Cast Info Ted Haworth - Art Director
Video Cast Info Walter Hill - Screenplay

Awards


Nominee (1973)
   Video Award Name Golden Globe, Quincy Jones, Best Original Score

Memorable Quotes

"'The Getaway' was my first attempt at satire, badly done." ---- SAM PECKINPAH

Professional Reviews

Uncut
Ranked #5 in Uncut's Best DVDs Of 2005 -- "Sam Peckinpah's most ferociously entertaining film." 01/01/2006 p.84-85

Ultimate DVD
4 stars out of 5 -- "Peckinpah's testosterone-fueled actioner stars McQueen as an ex-con..." 05/01/2007 p.81

DVD Verdict 8 of 10
...The Getaway is a raw, riveting movie that runs hot and cold and moves along at a torrid pace, resonating with explosive violence, featuring harsh, brutal characters and a plot that doesn't always make perfect sense--all of which makes this the filmic equivalent of a Mickey Spillane novel. It's definitely enjoyable on that level, and Peckinpah keeps things moving along just fast enough to keep you from dwelling on what's wrong with the movie until after it's over...Having said that, this movie kicks ass. The array of great haggard faces and strongly drawn characters is in itself enough of a reason to watch this film at least once. Plus, Ali MacGraw gets slapped. Hard. A lot. - Maurice Cobbs

Chicago Sun-Times 6 of 10
Sam Peckinpah's The Getaway is a big, glossy, impersonal mechanical toy. 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. Click. Click. Click. The movie is pretty to look at, though, and there's a quiet little chase scene on a train that is a masterpiece of its kind...The story is as contrived as everything else about the movie (you keep wondering what set this plot into motion). Steve McQueen plays a convict whose wife (Ali MacGraw) makes a big Texas politician an offer he can't refuse. If he springs McQueen, McQueen will give him half the haul from a bank job he's got set up. Ali throws in a bonus: herself. - Roger Ebert

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