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The Driver Details

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Walter Hill's stripped down neo-noir features a protagonist who makes the laconic boxer of the director's similar Hard Times (1974) seem logorrheic by comparison. The film's tone is set in the opening scene as the Driver (Ryan O'Neal) gloms a V-8 sedan and proceeds to whip through claustrophobic parking garages, narrow alleyways, and sundry other high-risk macadam, as he demonstrates why he's known as the best getaway driver in the business to some potential clients, before giving his vehicle a proper burial. Such plot as there is in this highly abstract film concerns the Driver's cat and mouse game with the Detective (Bruce Dern), an employee of the constabulary of an unnamed city, intent on his arrest. A mysterious and beautiful woman, the Player (Isabelle Adjani), soon appears on the Driver's radar, a perfect match for his taciturnity. ~ Michael Costello, Rovi

  • Release date:July 10, 1978

Cast

Ryan O'Neal
as The Driver
Bruce Dern
as The Detective
Isabelle Adjani
as The Player
Ronee Blakley
as The Connection
Matt Clark
as Red Plain Clothesman
Felice Orlandi
as Gold Plainclothesman
Rudy Ramos
as Teeth
Denny Macko
as Exchange Man
James Caan
Angelo Lamonea
Tara King
as Frizzy
Fidel Corona
as Card Player
Victor Gilmour
as Boardman
Nick Dimitri
as Blue Mask
Bob Minor
as Green Mask
Peter Jason
as Commuter
Allan Graf
as Uniformed Cop
Bob Minor
as Green Mask
Nick Dimitri
as Blue Mask
Fidel Corona
as Card Player
Peter Jason
as Commuter
Victor Gilmour
as Boardman
Tara King
as Frizzy

Crew

Walter Hill
Director
Frank Marshall
Producer
Lawrence Gordon
Producer
Walter Hill
Screenwriter
Philip H. Lathrop
Cinematographer
Robert Lambert
Editor
Tina Hirsch
Editor
Harry Horner
Production Designer
David M. Haber
Art Director
Frank Marshall
Associate Producer
Darrell Silvera
Set Designer
Jack Bear
Costume Designer
Jennifer Parsons
Costume Designer
Charles Spurgeon
Special Effects
Pat Kehoe
First Assistant Director
Jane Feinberg
Casting
Mike Fenton
Casting
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