The Getaway (1994) [HD DVD] [Import]
"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 --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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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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The plot is plausible; violence not in your face but fits within this genre.... the shootout in the hotel was captivating and riveting; however one would have expected the cops to... Read morePublished 15 months ago by ab
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 morePublished on May 1 2004
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. Read morePublished on April 3 2003 by Omni
I've just watched " The Getaway" on TV in my home at Hong Kong. This film is not only intriguing, but also extremly exciting! Read morePublished on Jan. 31 2003
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?Published on Sept. 12 2002 by George H. Wells Jr.
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
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 morePublished on Aug. 16 2001 by R. Black
Somewhat like the remake of The Thomas Crown Affair this is again much better than the original, and I love McQeen. Read morePublished on July 19 2001 by Mark Laing