The Driver is a 1978 crime/car chase film directed by Walter Hill and starring Ryan O'Neal, Bruce Dern, and Isabelle Adjani. The film is also notable for its impressive car chases, its no-frills style of filmmaking, and its rarely speaking, unnamed titular character.The 2011 movie Drive is heavily based on this film.The main character is the Trope Maker of the trope The Driver.
This film provides examples of:
- Badass Driver: Sure he is.
- Black and Gray Morality: The Driver is a dangerous criminal after all, and works for some pretty rotten people.
- Did Not Get the Girl: Or does he?
- Doesn't Like Guns: "I told you I don't like guns."
- Though he is willing to use one when he needs to.
- Good Is Not Nice
- Hassle-Free Hotwire: The film opens with The Driver stealing a car by crossing two wires (although he does also connect the power wire to to the "run" wire after starting it to keep it running)
- Limited Wardrobe: Looks like a set rule: One outfit per character
- Nameless Narrative / No Name Given: Not one character has a name in this movie, and are all addressed by their occupation or clothing.
- Off on a Technicality: Justified in the end. When he reveals the bag is empty, even though the Detective has circumstantial evidence, without the money, he doesn't have anything that would guarantee a conviction, so any trial would only waste taxpayer dollars.
- The Quiet One: The driver is a man of few words - 350 in all.
- Re-Cut: Walter Hill's original cut was two hours long and included one additional action (but not chase) scene, and even though for years even the VHS tapes had said the length was over two hours, Hill has denied that this version was ever his intended cut and categorically stated that the existence of a longer director's cut is an urban myth. The US DVD includes an introductory sequence that the studio forced Hill to shoot to clarify who the characters are as a deleted scene, but this was dropped from all theatrical prints.