The Getaway

The Getaway

Directed by: Sam Peckinpah

Friday, October 4 - Saturday, October 5, 2013

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35mm print

“An evident precursor to The Driver (Walter Hill scripted both, this one from Jim Thompson’s novel). The major strength of THE GETAWAY rests solidly on McQueen’s central role, a cold tense core of pragmatic violence. Hounded by furies (two mobs, police, a hostile landscape), he responds with a lethal control, blasting his way through shootouts that teeter on madness to the loot, the girl, and Peckinpah’s mythic land of Mexico. Survival, purification, and the attainment of grace are achieved only by an extreme commitment to the Peckinpah existential ideal of action – a man is what he does. Peckinpah’s own control of the escalating frenzy is masterly; this is one of his coldest films, but a great thriller.” – Time Out (London)

PG, 122 Minutes
USA, 1972




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