Sunday, February 9, 2014
THE GETAWAY (1972)
This is probably my least favorite of all the Sam Peckinpah films I've seen so far. I suppose if you're a big Steve McQueen fan this would be a much better watch, but outside of THE BLOB, I can't really say that I am. This is pretty much all McQueen and the title refers to a bank robbery that goes wrong and his attempts to avoid the law and some fellow criminals that are on his trail. There are some interesting supporting actors, as usual in a Peckinpah film, including Sally Struthers(Gloria from ALL IN THE FAMILY) as the easily manipulated wife of Jack Dodson(Howard Sprague from THE ANDY GRIFFITH SHOW). These two have a couple of very uncomfortable cuckold-type scenes together with Dodson being tied to a chair while his wife is used by a large hairy man with a huge sweaty gut. Peckinpah regulars Bo Svenson and Slim Pickens also show up briefly.
There was a remake of this in 1994 but I'm gonna assume that, like almost everything made in the 90's, it's not something any human being with half-a-brain should bother watching.