The Getaway is a 1972 crime drama film directed by Sam Peckinpah, starring Steve McQueen and Ali MacGraw. It was based on the novel of the same name by Jim Thompson.Doc and Carol McCoy are husband and wife convicts who go out on the run from their ex-partner after he puts Doc in jail following exchanging a prisoner with money and Carol sleeping with a businessman which resulted in his death.A remake, directed by Roger Donaldson and starring Alec Baldwin and Kim Basinger, was released in 1994.Not to be confused with the third-person video game, or the pinball table The Getaway: High Speed II, as well as the 2013 film of the same name.
Tropes seen in both films:
- Action Girl/Drives Like Crazy: Carol
- All Girls Want Bad Boys: Fran falls for Rudy almost instantly, finding him much more sexy and exciting that her milquetoast veterinarian husband.
- Possibly because of Lima Syndrome (on the part of Rudy, only towards Fran) and Stockholm Syndrome (on the part of Fran, towards Rudy), making this A Match Made in Stockholm.
- To a lesser extent with Doc and Carol. Although the two are genuinely in love and Happily Married, the bottom line is, Doc is a bank robber and this is probably a huge part of his appeal to Carol.
- Beta Couple: Fran and Rudy
- Cool Guns: Doc's semi-automatic handgun is a Colt M 1911 A 1.
- Driven to Suicide: Poor Hal.
- Laser-Guided Karma: After hanging all over and flirting with Rudy, then sleeping with him practically right in front of her husband, then not having the slightest bit of remorse after he kills himself, Fran is left alone and devastated—and stranded in a strange town miles from home when Rudy himself is killed.
- Outlaw Couple: Doc and Carol.
- Run for the Border
- Scarpia Ultimatum: How the businessman ensured Doc's release from prison.
- Setting Update: The novel was set in the 1940s, while both films are set in their respective contemporary times.
- Shotguns Are Just Better: Doc's weapon of choice.