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THE GETAWAY (1994) THE GETAWAY (R) What, exactly, possessed Alec Baldwin and Kim Basinger to want to star in a virtual scene-for-scene remake of Sam Peckinpah's middling 1972… R Unrated Action/Adventure Mystery and Thriller Alec Baldwin Kim Basinger Michael Madsen Jennifer Tilly James Woods
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THE GETAWAY (1994)

MPAA Rating: Unrated, R

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EW's GRADE
C

Details Rateds: R, Unrated; Genres: Action/Adventure, Mystery and Thriller; With: Alec Baldwin and Kim Basinger

THE GETAWAY (R) What, exactly, possessed Alec Baldwin and Kim Basinger to want to star in a virtual scene-for-scene remake of Sam Peckinpah's middling 1972 bank-heist thriller? Freelance criminal Doc McCoy (Baldwin) is sprung from jail by Jack Benyon (James Woods), a wormy Mr. Big who hires him to organize a safecracking. But the operation turns out to be a double cross. Baldwin strikes ''dangerous'' male-model poses, and Basinger is a blank, a movie star manque. The film quickly devolves into a generic chain of robberies, chases, explosions, and showdowns. Like the original Getaway, it's a joyride without the joy. C ( 209, Feb. 11) -OG

Originally posted Feb 18, 1994 Published in issue #210-211 Feb 18, 1994 Order article reprints