The Getaway | Chicago Reader

The Getaway

Rated PG 122 minutes

It's too bad they didn't really film Jim Thompson's novel, which remains one of the most astonishing pieces of pulp fiction ever written, yet Sam Peckinpah does a professional job with this much-watered-down version (1972). It becomes a conventional chase picture with Steve McQueen and Ali MacGraw as an outlaw couple fleeing for the Mexican border after a bank job; Al Lettieri is the sadistic, double-crossed partner on their trail. With Sally Struthers, Ben Johnson, and Slim Pickens; a young Walter Hill wrote the screenplay.

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