The Getaway (18)


10 May 2014
Cinema 3

Standard - £9.50
Members - £7.60
Concessions - £8.50
Under 18 - £6

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Steve McQueen was one of a new breed of antiheroes who came to dominate the screen in the 1960s and ‘70s – cool, remote loners, tough, but thoughtful men, rebels who sought their own methods outside the bounds of authority. No subsequent male lead has ever managed to be quite so cool.

McQueen’s styling was never so impeccable, and his special brand of minimalist cool never so captivating, as in this 1972 taught action thriller, directed by the master of screen violence, Sam Peckinpah (The Wild Bunch), and scripted by Walter Hill from a novel by pulp maestro Jim Thompson. He plays Carter ‘Doc’ McCoy, a paroled bank robber who teams up with his wife (Ali McGraw) on a heist in Texas. When the robbery backfires, the pair are pursued to the Mexico border by the cops, the mob, and a sadistic hit-man (Al Lettieri).

A substantial hit in its day, The Getaway remains a touchstone in the heist film genre, referenced in Heat, Reservoir Dogs and The Town, among others. Full of twists, double-crosses, and some stunning gunfights – like its protagonist, it’s lean, hard and great-looking.

US 1972 Dir Sam Peckinpah 118 min

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