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The Getaway

Though The Getaway’s combination of driving and on-foot shooting sequences is occasionally entertaining, and the production values are impressive, usually the game just isn’t fun.

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The Getaway is a 1972 American action-crime film directed by Sam Peckinpah and starring Steve McQueen as Carter “Doc” McCoy and Ali MacGraw as his wife Carol. The film is based on a novel by Jim Thompson, with the screenplay written by Walter Hill. A box office hit earning over $36 million domestically, the film was one of the most financially successful productions of Peckinpah’s and McQueen’s careers. It was remade in 1993 starring Alec Baldwin and Kim Basinger. …

Peckinpah’s long-time composer and collaborator Jerry Fielding was originally hired to do the musical score for The Getaway. He had previously worked with the director on Noon Wine (1967), The Wild Bunch (1969), Straw Dogs (1971) and Junior Bonner (1972). After the film’s second preview screening, McQueen was unhappy with the music and used his clout to hire Quincy Jones to rescore the film. Jones’ music had a jazzier edge and featured harmonica solos by Toots Thielemans, with Don Elliott credited for “musical voices.” Peckinpah was unhappy with the decision and took out a full-page ad in Daily Variety on November 17, 1972 including a letter he had written to Fielding thanking him for his work. Fielding would work with Peckinpah on two additional films, Bring Me the Head of Alfredo Garcia (1974) and The Killer Elite (1975) (1)

Song: “Love Theme from The Getaway”, written by Quincy Jones, harmonica solos by Toots Thielemans.



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