• The Driver (1978)

The Driver

Release Date: 1978

PG |1 hr 31 min

Plot Summary

An enigmatic man of fast cars and few words, the Driver (Ryan O'Neal) excels at maneuvering getaway vehicles through the tightest of spots, making him quite in demand in criminal circles. His skill and notoriety, however, infuriate the Detective (Bruce Dern), who becomes obsessed with taking the Driver down. Luckily for the speed-loving anti-hero, the Player (Isabelle Adjani), a gorgeous and resourceful woman, is around to help him elude the Detective.

Cast: Ryan O'Neal, Bruce Dern, Isabelle Adjani, Ronee Blakley, Matt Clark, Felice Orlandi, Joseph Walsh, Rudy Ramos

Director: Walter Hill

Genres: Crime drama

Production Co: 20th Century Fox, EMI Films Ltd.

Keywords: Gripping, 1970s, Car, Pursuit, Suspenseful, Escape

Ratings & Reviews

  • 75
    Glenn Heath Jr.Slant Magazine

    A visceral symphony of screeching tires and crushing metal. show more

  • 50
    The Hollywood Reporter

    While we can readily identify these characters, we can't identify with them simply because Hill never bothers to tell us what makes them tick. show more

  • 63
    Roger EbertChicago Sun-Times

    All of this could have been nice and juicy if Walter Hill had done a few more things with his screenplay, such as made the characters into people. show more

See all critic reviews on metacritic.com

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