Fresh from their collaboration on “Junior Bonner” — also released in 1972 — director Sam Peckinpah and star Steve McQueen quickly re-teamed on “The Getaway.” Based on a novel by hardboiled writer Jim Thompson, the film’s screenplay was written by Walter Hill, who a few years later embarked on his own impressive directorial career (“The Warriors,” “The Long Riders”). When convict Doc McCoy (Steve McQueen) is refused parole, he enlists his wife, Carol (Ali MacGraw) — the two became a real-life couple on the film — to strike a deal with crooked Texan businessman Jack Benyon (Ben Johnson). He agrees to pull strings for Doc in return for his help on one last bank heist. The job is a success, but Benyon’s men betray Doc, and he and Carol must take off across Texas with the money, running from both the law and other criminals, aiming to get to Mexico before they're caught, or worse, killed.
Intro and discussion by Robert Hunt, former film critic for The Riverfront Times.