Driver, The (Bilingual)
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Ryan O'Neal drives the getaway car for his buddies' robberies. Bruce Dern is determined to catch him.
A tres cool mix of noirish grit and slam-bang action this caper film from director Walter Hill (48 Hrs, The Warriors) is required viewing for car-chase fanatics and devotees of '70s cinema. Ryan O'Neal and Bruce Dern are terrific as opposite sides of the law: respectively, a supernaturally skilled getaway car driver, and the dogged detective who's pursued him at the expense of all else. For his second feature film, Hill keeps dialogue and character development at bare-bones level (the characters are named after their primary function: O'Neal is the Driver, the stunning Isabelle Adjani is the Connection) and focuses on mood, tone, and, above all, some of the most stunning automotive action captured on film. The DVD offers widescreen and fullscreen versions of the film; unfortunately, a number of scenes cut from the theatrical release, including a prologue featured in The Driver's TV prints, were not included in this long-awaited DVD release. --Paul Gaita --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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A laconic flick to be sure, The Driver gives nobody names. Bruce Dern is the snartass cop who's after the driver and even recruits bank robbers to nab him. Natch, that doesn't work. You could even say this is the quintessential Hill flick (although I am very partial to Trespass), since dialogue is overshadowed by car chases and all the other stuff manipulative people (cops and criminals both) do to make their place in the world. What dialogue there is wastes no words, just like the plot wastes no time on what could be a possible romance (O'Neal and French lovely Isabelle Adjani), instead having the two of them partner up for a lot of dough--knowing glances, yeah, but no gooey stuff.
Ronee Blakley is also here in a smaller role as another great looking go-between for the driver, but she's not on screen a lot, and there's never even the faintest hint of any hanky-panky between them.
This is not only one of the best Hill flicks, but without question one of the best American action films ever made. The recent drivel, I mean, Driven, with Stallone deserves to crash and burn, while The Driver--tight as a drum and slick as greased lightning--is a red hot roadster of a film.
See it when you need a serious revving up.
The Cop (Dern) wants to catch The Driver (O Neal) and police work be damned. Dern wants to face O'Neal one-on-one to see who is the "best" and to catch "the cowboy who's never been caught."
The battle is not between good and evil -- both Dern and O'Neal utilize the evil minions as the two pit wits and skill.
Two movies come to mind that give the same feeling -- "The House of Games" and "Romeo Is Bleeding." There is even a touch of "The Streets of Fire" mixed in.
Suspend belief and go into a world were people are cardboard cut-outs and in the end become more real than the flesh and blood people around us.
This movie is a lost gem. Find it, buy it, and watch it. It never seems to wear out.
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An excellent car chase movie, lots of great sequences, and a good story to keep it interesting.Published 19 days ago by Ed D. Ryan
It gets three stars for (mostly) the car chases and the quality of menace that O'Neal manages to put into the two unaccented words "Go Home". Read morePublished on May 12 2001 by Fairportfan
This is a true piece of american noir. It seems like a diverting little car chase movie the first time you see it, but O'Neil's stoic, nihilistic getaway driver has a way of... Read morePublished on Jan. 17 2001 by Douglas R. Williams
Amazing-and to this day a film that is not loved as much as it should be. Ryan O'Neal is great as the driver-a nearly silent Hawksian professional getaway driver. Read morePublished on Sept. 17 2000
HEY, IT'S HWANG BLACK FROM THE DEATHSQUAD AND HWANG SAYS "THE DRIVER" WITH ONE OF THE BEST INDIE ACTORS EVER, BRUCE DERN IS A REAL GOOD CHASE FLIK. Read morePublished on Jan. 26 2000
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