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The Getaway (1994) [HD DVD]

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3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)

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"This is going to be the last big score, I promise." Famous last words--uttered by crack thief Doc McCoy to his wife--that set forth a whirlpool of deception and violence in Roger Donaldson's 1994 remake of The Getaway. Bailed out of a Mexican jail by shady businessman Jack Benyon (James Woods) in order to hit an Arizona dog track for him, Doc (Alec Baldwin) and Carol (Kim Basinger) flee for south of the border when the robbery goes wrong, with the million-dollar loot in tow. Following close behind are Benyon's men and Doc's double-crossing partner Rudy (Michael Madsen).

The updated version shares not only the original film's plot, but also the added twist of having husband and wife Baldwin and Basinger step into the roles of the first real-life couple to make the film, Steve McQueen and Ali McGraw. This time, however, the woman's role has been given a tougher '90s edge, with Basinger pulling almost as many punches and firing as many shots as Baldwin, compared to McGraw, who followed McQueen around in wide-eyed, silent terror.

The Getaway maintains the same deliberate, neo-noir pace that made the first film taut, creating a claustrophobic atmosphere in the wide-open, desolate Southwestern landscapes. The scorching sun and heat only add to the strain, making it virtually impossible for anyone to find a dark corner or alleyway to hide in. The car chases and shoot-out finale are charged, though a secondary plot line, between Rudy and the woman he kidnaps and seduces (Jennifer Tilly), comes across as unnecessarily and incongruously brutal. --Natasha Senjanovic


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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars lots of action in this one (4.5/5) Sept. 8 2007
By falcon
Format:DVD
wow.lots of action,some brutal violence,even some black comedy thrown
into the mix.oh,yeah,also some steamy love scenes and some double
crosses.that pretty much describes "The Getaway".for me,all this is a
good thing.at least,it works in this movie.there's a great cast,who all
put in great performances.Alec Baldwin and Kim Basinger play the two
lead characters,with great supporting work from Micheal Madsen,James
Woods,Jeniffer Tilly and Richard Farnsworth.if you like a action packed
movie and don't mind brutal violence and nudity or foul
language(there's a lot of that in here)you should enjoy this 1.as an
added bonus,there are a couple of twists and,like i mentioned
earlier,some black humour.myself,i really had a good time with this
movie.i give "The Getaway" 4.5/5
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars ???????????????? Sept. 12 2002
Format:VHS Tape
Why on earth is the only version of this film available on DVD the Rated version? Isn't getting uncut/unrated versions of movies a staple of the DVD format?
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3.0 out of 5 stars Good, but not great! July 5 2003
Format:DVD
I've never seen the original version of this film, so I have nothing to compare it to. Most of the reviews here are pretty good, but the reviewers weren't kind when it first came out in 1994. I thought the acting by Kim Basinger and Alec Baldwin was very good in this. Michael Madsen usually plays these same kind of characters all of the time, but he was actually enjoyable here. I loved that Kim's character more than held her own here and got very violent like everybody else. I can't stand when female characters always have to be saved in action films. The camerawork & pacing is excellent in this film also. My main problem with this film is the story itself. It starts out pretty good for like the first 45 minutes, then starts to get kinda silly once Jennifer Tilly's character shows up. I kept asking myself why would some of the characters do something so dumb thoughtout the movie. I also was able to predict almost everything that happened. That was probably because they had alot of actors who always play bad guys like: James Wood, Michael Madsen, David Morse, and even Alec himself. Note to directors out there, "quit hiring the same actors to play your bad guys all of the time, its starting to get annoying." I just never bought that the guy, who Jennifer's character was married to, ever had a chance of ever getting her. And I know women like bad guys, but I just never bought that she could easily watch Michaels character abuse her husband of 2 years like she did. The action in this film is pretty good I must admit though. Forget about the plot, watch this film for the action and the performances by Kim, Alec, and Michael. Kim's sensual scenes with Alec will have you pausing and hitting the review button alot. It must have been very cold the day they were shooting them, thats all I'll say on it.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Very good April 4 2003
By Omni
Format:VHS Tape
It is a fun movie and the scenes between them are extremely hot. The Alec/Kim sandwich is so shocking revealing that you're like---WOW. Its a fun movie, and sometimes movies are simply meant to be fun.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Excellemt movie Jan. 31 2003
Format:VHS Tape
I've just watched " The Getaway" on TV in my home at Hong Kong. This film is not only intriguing, but also extremly exciting! There isn't a single mintue that you'll feel your time be wasted watching the movie.
I just want to say every aspect of the film will not disappoint you. The reason why the movie is not well-known perhaps because the casting stars are not famous enough. Its always like that. To me, all the casting stars are marvellous, story intriguing, the scene exciting, the film song perfect. I'll give it 4.5 star.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Underrated April 1 2002
Format:DVD
The Baldwin/Basinger remake of ' The Getaway ' is a well put together, well acted, entertaining movie. This was not well received upon release, and I can't see why. Baldwin smolders on screen, and his real life chemistry with Basinger ( well, until they divorced ) carries over to the movie. The relationship of their married characters is passionate, and volatile. An excellent scene is when Doc, who can't control his anger any longer after finding out that Carol had slept with bad-guy Benyon ( James Woods ) in a deal for Doc's prison release, stops their car on the side of the road, and they have an intense argument. Great scene. Not to be overlooked is the performance of Michael Madsen as Rudy. He could be Vic Vega's ( from Reservoir Dogs ) dopier cousin. He is a bad guy, yet his scenes with Jennifer Tilly are at times very funny..you'll laugh at what a jerk he can be. The movie has some good action and drama in it, especially the scene when Doc, at the train depot, chases down the small-time thief who has made off with Doc and Carol's bag full of stolen cash. The finale is an excellent shoot-out at a seedy old hotel in El Paso, and it definitely does not disappoint. Much action and tension. The final scene includes the late Richard Farnsworth, and it is touching to see now that he is no longer alive. An excellent Richard Marx song ' Now and Forever ' runs over the end credits, and it works perfectly. Very nice. This is a movie I've seen many times, and always enjoyed. It's executed well, with nice cinematography. Don't believe some of the bad reviews, and judge for yourself. I believe the 1994 version of ' The Getaway ' is an overlooked little gem.
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1.0 out of 5 stars What a stupid movie.
This is a poor remake of a classic. I could barely sit through the thing. The action scenes are good, yet unbelievable. The sex seens with Alec and Kim are done well. Read more
Published on May 1 2004
4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent movie
This is way better than the original. Kim and Alec are fantastic in this movie. Make sure to get the Uncut, Unrated special! Kim Basinger looks gorgeous.
Published on Dec 30 2001
4.0 out of 5 stars Don't Let This One Get Away (hehehe)...
Okay, the plot is a little thin, the bad guys are a tad on the black and white side, and the believability rating is somwhere between Star Wars and Fantasia, but you have to love... Read more
Published on Aug. 16 2001 by R. Black
5.0 out of 5 stars Better than the first
Somewhat like the remake of The Thomas Crown Affair this is again much better than the original, and I love McQeen. Read more
Published on July 19 2001 by Mark Laing
2.0 out of 5 stars An absurd, unsurprising actioner that rips off the original
Don't see this one if you've seen the original for two reasons. One, it is a near scene-for-scene reworking of the 1972 film and two, it's simply a bad movie. Read more
Published on May 20 2001
2.0 out of 5 stars Why remake a bad film in the first place?
The Getaway is based on the 1972 action thriller from director Sam Peckinpah. This remake is fairly better because of James Woods, who is a major improvement over whoever played... Read more
Published on Aug. 27 2000
2.0 out of 5 stars Why on earth did they do this?
What a crazy piece of work this is. I do not mind remakes so much, but really this is too much. Whole scenes have been copied directly from the original Peckinpah movie and nowhere... Read more
Published on Feb. 22 2000 by AJ
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