Directed by Sam Peckinpah. US. 1972. PG. 123 minutes. Warner Bros. Digital.
Sun., August 6, 2017
Steve McQueen is at his peak of cool and charisma in this classic modern-day action thriller, directed by Sam Peckinpah from a story by famed noir crime novelist Jim Thompson (The Grifters, The Killer Inside Me). McQueen plays Doc McCoy, a bank robber fresh out of prison and on to the next heist, only to have the job bungled by others, forcing him on the run from: 1) the cops, 2) a gang of gunmen, and 3) a wounded ex-accomplice with revenge on his mind. Along with him on his getaway is his wife, played by Allie MacGraw, whose faithfulness he has reason to question. In many ways, The Getaway can be seen as a modern-day western, in Thompson’s words “a tough, disconcerting fable about the barren landscapes of the Texas desert and the human soul.” And since its director is Peckinpah, it comes with all the dramatic tension, lightening pace, and poetic violence inherent in his best films.