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  • Cult Classic
  • Germans Love David Hasselhoff: The film was more successful overseas than in America.
    Walter Hill: They loved it overseas, but in those days, that didn't matter that much. It made exactly zero dollars in the United States.
  • Misaimed Marketing: Producer Lawrence Gordon on why the film wasn't initially successful:
    If we'd had Clint Eastwood in the film, we'd have been forgiven everything and they'd have said, 'It's another Eastwood film about driving cars'." If we'd had Steve McQueen, we'd have been compared to Bullitt or The Getaway. We were treated as an art film rather than an action film. We took a unique approach to standard material. We'd go the same way again, but with a different cast we might have attracted an audience. I believe in returning investors' money - and if I could make The Driver again I'd try to rectify it for a commercial market. When you're writing this kind of script... naturally you think of an action lead like Bronson or Eastwood... and certainly Fox wanted a name. But when we got Ryan, I suggested we make changes to suit his character. This is always the director's prerogative.
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  • Vindicated by History: It was box office disappointment and received unfavourable reviews. Now it's been discovered as a Cult Classic.

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