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1972, 122 min

Section: Tribute to Sam Peckinpah (1925-1984)
Year: 2005

One of Peckinpah’s most commercially successful films presents Steve McQueen as paroled bank robber Doc McCoy and Ali MacGraw as his wife Carol. This engaging story of their flight to Mexico with half a million dollars is one of the most original delicacies of the crime genre.


One of the Sam Peckinpah’s most commercially successful films which, despite the star-studded cast (legendary Steve McQueen and talented Ali MacGraw), is nonetheless overshadowed by The Wild Bunch and Straw Dogs in the context of his filmography. The truth of this may be hotly contested, but the fact still remains that here the director presented a brilliant film exposé on the crime drama genre. Before we begin to follow the dramatic escapades of paroled bank robber Doc McCoy and his lover Carol, chased not only by the police but also by a corrupt politician they tricked into arranging Doc’s release, Peckinpah opens his film with an ingenious introduction that deftly pulls the viewer into the impersonal machinery of the correctional facility and the neuroticising micro world of the prisoner-protagonist. After the wonderfully rhythmical prologue, a rough treat follows for lovers of the genre, involving a suitcase with half a million dollars which the fugitives take with them during their escape to Mexico, fabled exile of all the American renegades.


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About the film

Color, 35 mm

Section: Tribute to Sam Peckinpah (1925-1984)
Director: Sam Peckinpah
Screenplay: Walter Hill
Dir. of Photography: Lucien Ballard
Music: Quincy Jones
Editor: Robert L. Wolfe
Producer: Mitchell Brower, David Foster
Production: First Artists
Cast: Steve McQueen, Ali MacGraw, Ben Johnson, Sally Struthers, Al Lettieri, Slim Pickens, Richard Bright, Jack Dodson
Contact: Hollywood Classics, Théâtre du Temple

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