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Movie : The Getaway

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Opening sequence has us in a prison.  We get a quick feel for the life.  Next we’re at a parole hearing for Doc McCoy.  His parole is denied.  Back to another year of prison life.  We get shots of his daily routine plus the drone of the machine shop he works in.  He gets a visit from his wife.  He tells her “Tell Beynon I’m for hire”.  Soon after he his released from prison and goes to see Beynon who has a bank robbery set up for Doc.  Half a million in a Texas bank.  McCoy likes to work alone but is saddled with a  couple of other crooks, Rudy and Frank.  It’s a bad vibe from the start.

Doc, his wife, Carol and his two accomplices case the job.  The day of the robbery goes bad.  They get the money but shit hits the fan and two people get killed.  Rudy and Doc’s partnership dissolves with Doc shooting Rudy and leaving him for dead (he thinks).  Doc and his wife go to see Beynon where things go bad again.  At this time Doc finds out Carol slept with Beynon to get him out of the joint.  The unhappy couple and the money make for El Paso where they will be able to cross into Mexico.  Beynon’s brother and his men also head for El Paso knowing that’s where Doc will go.  Oh Yeah, Rudy is still alive and takes a couple hostage and also makes his way to El Paso where the three sets of crooks will have a showdown.

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At this time going to the Saturday movies was a ritual and sometimes it was like having my own private theater.  I remember  being swept up into this one right off the bat.  Being a McQueen fan and starting to be familiar with Peckinpah’s work it was a no brainer.  Lots of action, gun fights, car chases, slow motion, simple story and a wealth of good performances led by McQueen.  He doesn’t do anything out of his hit here. He knows his stuff and delivers.  He looks like he was born with a shotgun in his hand.  Sam lets the camera do a lot of the work and keeps the dialogue down.  Watch the opening sequence of Doc in prison.  SP just knows how to set the tone.  Based on Jim Thompson’s book, Walter Hill adapts it to the screen.  Quincy Jones supplies the music with Toots Thielemans adding his touch. CB just digs this flick.  Sam brings some of his regular cast, Ben Johnson, Slim Pickens, Bo Hopkins, Dub Taylor and sprinkles in some great bit parts.

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One of the things that made this film for CB was Al Lettieri as Rudy.  Soon as he shows up on screen you know he’s trouble.  Just the tension between him and McQueen tells a story of instant  dislike.  You can feel it.  Good heavy’s make a movie and Al helps make this one.  If there was ever an actor born to play a prick it’s Al Lettieri.  He’s in CB’s hall of fame for fave actors.

CB sat through this one a few times.  He just liked it.  Go along on a bank robbery and enjoy the ride but try to stay away from that Rudy guy.

 

 

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14 comments on “Movie : The Getaway

  1. hotfox63
    May 28, 2017

    Exciting 70s action with interesting figures. It’s clear that not Doc McCoy, but his wife is the strong figure of the movie. Doc is good in that, what he does, because he makes it simple and with little differentiates, he just “works” like a robot. His wife, with her empathy, has a handicap, which illustrates the perverted image of the protagonists: cold, uncompromising against warmth and emotion. The movie has nothing to do with American ideals.

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    • cincinnatibabyhead
      May 28, 2017

      Good Thoughts Fox. I’m going to reread Thompson’s book shortly. It will be interesting to see how close Sam and him were on the original thought. As far as the movie goes I was taken for the ride.

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      • hotfox63
        May 29, 2017

        I’ve read a few novels by Jim Thompson. “Getaway” is in the movie watered down in some areas. The basic idea in the novel is that Doc and Carol are in a spiral that pulls them down constantly. But I think, this black end wouldn’t fit in the 70s, and so gave Walter Hill in the film an understandable happy ending.

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      • cincinnatibabyhead
        May 29, 2017

        Yeah they changed the ending. I don’t know the story behind the making of the film (easy to find) but I would guess that Peckinpah would have been fighting with the studio every inch of the way about all sorts of things. (Michael Winterbottom’s film of Thompson’s ‘The Killer Inside Me’ doesn’t pull any punches).

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  2. yeahanotherblogger
    May 28, 2017

    CB, I love your comment about Al: “If ever there was an actor born to play a prick . . .”
    Great review!

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    • cincinnatibabyhead
      June 5, 2017

      I seen Al is so many movies in the 70’s. He was the real deal. Guys like him and Dern always did great work especially as the wack jobs.

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  3. yeahanotherblogger
    May 28, 2017

    Maybe this comment won’t disappear!

    Your description of Al is a classic.

    See you, CB.

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  4. Jim S.
    May 28, 2017

    I was aware of but never saw, this flick. Does it hold up, do you think?

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    • cincinnatibabyhead
      May 28, 2017

      Yeah if your a Sam and Steve fan like I am it does. And Al Letteiri to boot. (Your comment on ‘Deer Hunter’ Disappeared. No idea. It was a good comment as usual).

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      • Jim S.
        May 28, 2017

        Might be in your spam box, CB.

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  5. greenpete58
    May 28, 2017

    McQueen’s my favorite actor, but this wasn’t one of my favorite movies of his. I thought it was too one-dimensional. But after your review, CB, I’ll have to revisit. I did like the casting of post-“Andy Griffith Show” Jack Dodson (Howard) and pre-“All in the Family” Sally Struthers. It was jarring to see them in this type of violent flick.

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    • cincinnatibabyhead
      May 28, 2017

      I hear you on your opening sentence. It has it’s flaws (there’s a big one) but there is so much that I like about it that it warrants a take on movies that stuck with me. All that stuff with Jack, Sally and Al is a long way from Mayberry. I think Sam lived through guys like McQueen in his storytelling (Jr Bonner). Do they have character actors like the ones in this film anymore? As usual Pete, a solid comment.

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  6. Vinyl Connection
    May 31, 2017

    All new to me, but very entertaining (both post and comments). Thanks CB.

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    • cincinnatibabyhead
      May 31, 2017

      Yeah I love it when people pipe in on this stuff. It’s always interesting hearing people takes. A few real good comments disappeared. It’s amazing how many of these films I like have music that has stuck with me. It reminds me of that cool series you did on soundtracks. (Which reminds me that I forgot to put time in on it. Will take care of that soon)

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