The Getaway (1972)


A corrupt politician grants parole to a career criminal in exchange for masterminding a bank robbery, but when things go awry he and his wife have to make a run for the border with both the cops and their erstwhile partners on their tail.

The Getaway is an old school, no nonsense heist movie that bears all of Sam Peckinpah’s trademarks. Despite the presence of Steve McQueen and his effortless cool, it’s a very cold-hearted film as the character he plays is so cold blooded it’s rather difficult to warm to him; the plot is also little more than a series of shoot outs and car chases so there is not much room for in-depth characterisation or dialogue. But with Peckinpah at the helm, the action is of course brilliantly handled and it has the requisite tough guy grittiness that is peculiar to thrillers of the 1970’s such as Dirty Harry and The French Connection. Things definitely heat up towards the end, with a fantastic climactic shoot out and a nice cameo from Slim Pickens that finally brings a modicum of heart to the story.

Maybe not a true classic, but certainly one to see for fans of the genre.



4 thoughts on “The Getaway (1972)

  1. I am a new member of WordPress and I really need your help.Please check out my website
    And leave a comment suggesting what you want me to improve and change and what you didn’t like.The comment will be very important to me.But you should bear in mind that the site is new and I didn’t have the time to upload a lot of posts


    1. My suggestions mainly involve presentation…obviously on a blog you get to write whatever you want!
      Firstly I’d try to break your text up into smaller paragraphs…huge blocks of uninterrupted text can look daunting to a new reader and they may give up before even looking at it. I’d also try to use photos and illustrations to break up the text; also think about how the photos are going to be cropped. Try to make sure important parts of the photos (eg the actor’s heads!) are not cropped off the photo when you publish it!

      Liked by 1 person

      1. Thank you for your suggestions. Although I would like to hear your opinion about my writing style. Did you like it? Did you find it funny? Do you think my jokes are not good? Are they offensive? And anything else you can comment on my writing style.


Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )


Connecting to %s