The Driver (1978)

R   |    |  Action, Crime, Thriller


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A getaway driver becomes the latest assignment for a tenacious detective.

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  • Isabelle Adjani and Walter Hill in The Driver (1978)
  • Isabelle Adjani and Ryan O'Neal in The Driver (1978)
  • Isabelle Adjani in The Driver (1978)
  • Isabelle Adjani and Bruce Dern in The Driver (1978)
  • Isabelle Adjani and Walter Hill in The Driver (1978)
  • Isabelle Adjani and Bruce Dern in The Driver (1978)

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16 August 2004 | WDD
A Fine Study In Cool
I looked long and hard for this film and finally found it online... About a year ago I found the novelization at a local used bookshop and was enthralled. Then I shook loose a repressed memory of a scene from the Driver -well more like an image. That of Ryan O'Neal behind the wheel -shades in place, a study in cool.

Well I was obsessed and had to find the film. Once I did, it was like some sort of archaeological find. I popped it in the vcr (old school all the way) and sat back ready to be taken into a dangerous world of ruthless and amoral characters who live by some sort of twisted samurai code and law of thieves.

In a nutshell, this film delivered in spades. If you can find a copy of it, buy it or rent it. The car chases are extraordinary. The performances and cinematography are gloriously minimal and committed to the aesthetic of 'cool'.

It's a shame that junk like "The Transporter" and "Gone In Sixty Seconds" have come to embody the modern day equivalent of the existential bad guy and wheelman. Those films aren't fit to shine the chrome of this one.

One of Walter Hill's Best.

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