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The Getaway

The Getaway
Alec Baldwin, Kim Basinger, James Woods, Michael Madsen, Phillip Seymour Hoffman and Jennifer Tilly

Rated: R for language, nudity and violence
Reviewed by: Chris  
Release date: December 13, 1993 Released by: Universal Studios, Inc.

The remake of the 1972 movie stars a husband and wife team, Alec Baldwin and Kim Basinger, in the roles of small time criminals originally played by Steven McQueen and Ali MacGraw.

The story begins with Doc McCoy (Baldwin) in a Mexican jail (which was not in the McQueen movie). His wife, Carol (Basinger), uses her sensual beauty to seduce a powerful crook named Benyon (played by slick, sneering James Woods) to help get Doc out of jail. Benyon arranges his release and in turn, wants him to break into the money room at local dog track.

The heist nets them a ton of money and they're off to Mexico with the cops, Benyon's men and an irate ex-partner after them. On the way there's a good chase scene on a moving train and an exciting climax in a run down Texas hotel.

A few things are important to the success of a remake. The plot has to be essentially the same, the actors as effective and the action as convincing as in the original. All of those elements stand up well here. Dark and smoldering, Baldwin has a dangerous, on-the-edge look that works well, although he could have been more energetic Basinger, with her flares of temper, makes a more realistic female crime partner than MacGraw with her passiveness

Director Roger Donaldson Doesn't bring the same excitement to his work as Sam Peckinpah did in 1972, enjoyable thriller just the same.

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