There was a lot of Sam Peckinpah in it, but scenes between action were pretty lame. I did not like much of MacGraw's part nor find any chemistry between two. Sally then again took all liberties with fun. The odd score was nice.
It's good, but it has a slew of problems. I think the interesting thing to point out is that about half of the people who see this consider it a classic and the other half think it's terrible. It's not bad, but it has its issues. The soundtrack is embarrassingly out of place.
Great editing, decently paced, Steve McQueen is cool as hell, and a fun story where it's easy to root for the protagonists. Ali MacGraw is awful as the love interest and I could've lived without that weak ending but overall pretty good. The 70's blood also looks really cheesy but it actually didn't take me out of the film.
Tense, violent, and pretty stylish, it was a fun watch. None of the characters is very likable or enjoyable, though; McQueen has his detached cool charm and is generally pretty savvy, but his character is pretty inconsistent and hard to pin down. I'm no criminal mastermind, but there were times when I was rolling my eyes at some his decisions, while at other times he seemed to have this superhuman criminal intuition.
Explosions, car chases, and gunfights aplenty, The Getaway is probably Peckinpah's most commercial film. Creative touches shine in the editing of the opening sequence and the intensely gripping shootouts. McQueen and MacGraw are cool as hell, but some eccentric characters and an out of place soundtrack sadly break-up the excitement. Some may criticize the misogynistic tendencies in the characters, but they are criminals and Peckinpah portrays them as such. Well-crafted and classic thriller.
People attacked Peckinpah over how macho and mysogynistic the protagonists in his movies are. Fact is, he is dead on. What's so great about Peckinpah is that there is nothing noble about his criminals.
Steve McQueen and Ali MacGraw are an excellent team in this exciting film. The couple have to overcome several exciting obstacles in this story. The supporting characters are an odd bunch but there eccentricities certainly add to the film
It's a potboiler, sure, but who beside Peckinpah would rope such genuine American living into a flick like this? The parades, garbagemen, parks on the riverfront; after the devastating oppression of the brilliant prison sequence, the day to day world is a beautiful place, even if it is full of unshakable mustachioed psychos and bad men in cowboy hats. McQueen and MacGraw both prove to be masters of their limited ranges, but Wolfe's editing and the sound department are the true stars.
A very enjoyable film with some great performances, good structure and a slightly unusual mix of steady pacing and action scenes. Although the film is structured well, it is slightly let down by some of the more stupid elements of the plotline creating moments that leave you wondering why characters made certain decisions and whether this film is meant to be semi-realistic, or just a madcap portrayal. Still, McQueen is excellent and predictably cool against the host of black-toothed badddies.
McQueen is real good at channelling the anguish of Peckinpah. As usual with his films (both those folks), this is a real boys film with an underlying unease permeating the car-chases, shoot-outs, women-slapping, and cool sunglass-wearing.