The Getaway script
The Getaway (1972)
Synopsis: The Getaway is a 1972 American neo-noir action crime film based on the novel of the same name by Jim Thompson. The film was directed by Sam Peckinpah from an adapted screenplay by Walter Hill, and stars Steve McQueen and Ali MacGraw. The film centers on two outlaws Carter "Doc" McCoy and his wife Carol McCoy on the run due to a successful yet complicated bank heist organized by crooked businessman Jack Beynon. The cast also features Ben Johnson, Al Lettieri, Sally Struthers, Jack Dodson, and Slim Pickens. The film marks the second collaboration between McQueen and Peckinpah after Junior Bonner also released the same year.

CARD OVER:
SANDERSON PRISON

EXT. PRISON YARD - TITLES OVER - DAY

DOC McCOY IS BEING WALKED ACROSS THE COMPOUND BY A UNIFORMED

GUARD, carrying a riot gun. Other Prisoners around the yard

turn and stare as the two men head for the main building.

INT. PRISON CORRIDOR

DOC WALKS DOWN THE BLEAK HALLWAY: A BLACK PRISONER PASSES Doc

in the corridor, they slap hands... the Guard remains at his

shoulder. Near the end of the passage another Guard clangs

open a barred door and allows Doc and the First Guard to

enter the room where he stands sentry.

INT. HEARING ROOM - DAY

A LONG TABLE HAS BEEN SET UP AT THE HEAD OF THE ROOM, several

Prison Officials and Parol Board Members are seated facing

the length of the room.

Seated at one end of the table is an Irish looking Man;

floridly handsome and a bit overweight, his red hair is

beginning to grey. The Nameplate in front of him reads J.

BEYNON.

Doc enters the room and seats himself near two other

PRISONERS, the GUARD stands back against the wall.

Another table has been set up; this one near the seated

Prisoners, for their LEGAL COUNSELS -- SEVERAL LAWYERS

examine papers before them, waiting for the hearing to begin.

A MAN at the center of the large table clears his throat,

then begins to speak.

CHAIRMAN:

I think we can begin... First parole

request Carter "Doc" McCoy... is legal

counsel present?

A MAN rises from behind the lawyers' table.

LAWYER:

Yes. Eugene Stewart representing Mr.

McCoy.

DOC:

watching... taking it all in.

AT THE TABLE:

The Man checks the papers before him.

CHAIRMAN:

(his voice a bored drone)

Carter McCoy, one to five years sentence

for armed robbery, first offense in the

State of Texas, wanted by the State of

Ohio for assault with a deadly weapon and

armed robbery...

LAWYER:

The State of Ohio has waved jurisdiction,

Mr. Chairman. They no longer seek Mr.

McCoy in connection with that case.

CHAIRMAN:

(adjusting his papers)

That is correct. Very well. Mr. McCoy has

served four years of his sentence. Prison

record satisfactory. Applied for parole

on September 5th of this year...

The Chairman lowers the paper, looks across to the lawyer.

CHAIRMAN (CONT'D)

(continuing)

Remarks?

LAWYER:

We would only again like to call the

committee's attention to Mr. McCoy's

satisfactory behavior as a prisoner.

CHAIRMAN:

Notice is taken.

He looks down the table at the dark-suited men.

CHAIRMAN (CONT'D)

(continuing)

The Board met in closed chambers last

week... have you reached a decision

regarding Mr. McCoy's request for parole?

DOC:

His face is taut.

AT THE TABLE:

A Second MAN looks across to the Chairman.

SECOND MAN:

(seated near Beynon)

Request for parole is denied. The

prisoner may re-apply in one calendar

year.

DOC:

lowers his eyes, then looks up at his

lawyer. The lawyer avoids Doc's glance.,

he shuffles the papers in front of him,

begins stuffing them into his briefcase.

AT THE TABLE THE CHAIRMAN FLIPS HIS PAPERS TO A NEW PAGE

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Walter Hill

Walter Hill (born January 10, 1942) is an American film director, screenwriter, and producer. He is widely known for his action films and revival of the Western genre. He has directed such films as The Warriors, Hard Times, The Driver, Southern Comfort, 48 Hrs. and its sequel Another 48 Hrs., Red Heat, Last Man Standing, Undisputed, and Bullet to the Head, as well as writing the Steve McQueen crime drama The Getaway. He has also directed several episodes of television series such as Tales from the Crypt and Deadwood and produced the Alien films. more…

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