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THE GETAWAY (1972)
On parole early, Dan McCoy has to repay the favor to Sheriff Beynon. The gig: robbing another bank. But of course, Beynon has no intention of letting McCoy walk from his set-up, and neither does Rudy
Director Sam Peckinpah's "The Getaway" is an exciting, explosive action entertainment vehicle.
"It takes two to make it ......... The big two."
This basic manly man action story starts with
a robber, "Doc" McCoy (McQueen) in prison. When his
wife, Carol Ainsley McCoy (MacGraw) uses her body to get him out
of prison, the ex-con decides to pull one last job, when a crooked
sheriff, Sheriff Beynon (Ben Johnson) thinks Doc owes him a favor,
and coerces him to do so. Once the deed is done, plans to divide
the money go horribly wrong, and Beynon soon discovers that Doc
has plans of his own, and the chase is on.The police and thugs
with big guns give chase. The grim and gory misadventures of a
husband and wife heist team take up the rest of the storyline,
where things "heat up, amidst a hail of bullets, garbage,
and sheer momentum." This is a gritty, bloody tale that flows
fast and furious, which are what Peckinpah's films are famous
My favorite scene takes place at the dump. After
hiding in a dumpster, they are thrown into a trash truck, then
transported to the dump where's they're dumped out. The sight
of big-deal movie stars covered in garbage is a hoot.
A tepid remake of "The Getaway" was made in 1994, with Alec Baldwin and Kim Bassinger, for no apparent reason.
Sam Peckinpah films were not made for children or sensitive people, but people who love shoot-em up fast and furious action films.