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Film Noir of the Week - The Driver (1978)
noiroftheweek.com ^ | 6/29/2017 | Staff

Posted on 01/14/2020 10:01:28 AM PST by simpson96

This week we take a look at the intense neo-noir, The Driver. Directed by Walter Hill, this cold neo is a perfect example of how film noir evolved into experimental crime films in the 1970s. The Driver is a cold, lean piece of pure cinema. A night time world of criminals and angry cops.(snip)

Starring a very disco cast, the film has barely any dialog. Bruce Dern gets the most lines as the man chasing the "driver." Mostly he frustratingly barks at middle-aged-hard-life-cops played by day-player actors that peppered every crime films of the time. Beautiful Isabelle Adjani is the female lead. And Ryan O'Neal is the handsome driver. Sporting long-ish, wavy hair and an open collar, he looks more like a playboy trying to pick up Diane Keaton at a bar than a hardened criminal.

Originally Steve McQueen and Robert Mitchum were at least close to playing the Ryan and Dern roles. The film would most definitely be more beloved -- even possibly a classified as a classic -- than forgotten if they had those guys in it. But would it be a better movie? I'm not so sure. Ryan has no actual backstory but his look just makes him more interesting. What is his story anyway? Hell, the guy doesn't even have a name.(snip)

The film succeeds when you realize and accept there's not much plot or humor.

Just enjoy the ride.

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1 posted on 01/14/2020 10:01:28 AM PST by simpson96
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To: simpson96

It was nice when you could fit more than two in the front seat unlike in the eco trash we drive now.


2 posted on 01/14/2020 10:08:40 AM PST by fruser1
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I’ve never heard of it. Looked it up on IMDB and a bit of interesting trivia from ccthemovieman — “No one’s name is mentioned in the entire film! Try to think of any other film you’ve ever seen where this is the case.”

Is it worth watching? Hmmm, not sure.


3 posted on 01/14/2020 10:10:44 AM PST by ProtectOurFreedom
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To: simpson96

Never heard of this one. I’ll check it out.


4 posted on 01/14/2020 10:12:35 AM PST by gattaca ("Government's first duty is to protect the people, not run their lives." Ronald Reagan)
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To: simpson96
It's not on Netflix. It's not in the Netflix DVD library. It's not on Amazon streaming, but you can buy the DVD. It's not in our Idaho library. But it IS in our California library and has three reviews. Two aren't promising...
Review #1
The only reason I didn't give this one star is that the car chase scenes are so good. They are all filmed well and the lighting is good. You can't say the same for the rest of the film. It's like the director really knew what he wanted to do for the driving scenes then handed the rest of the movie off to the second unit director who just phoned it in. It was a struggle to watch the "movie" parts of this film. I would love an edited version with just the chase scenes.

Review #2
Vroom! Vroom!.... With the exception of 2 very good car-chase scenes (one at the beginning and one at the end), The Driver, pretty much, sucked. For me, this was clearly one of those movies where I swear that they were making its story up as they went along. Its badly-conceived situations and its unintentionally laughable dialogue left me believing that story coherency wasn't a real concern for its producers since they believed that with the apparent combined star-power of Ryan O'Neal, Isabelle Adjani, and Bruce Dern in their precious, little picture the ever-gullible audience would accept just about any sort of half-ass nonsense (insensitively tossed their way).

What also lost The Driver some significant points was the downright awful and completely unconvincing performance of the rat-faced, frizzy-haired Bruce Dern as "The Detective". Dern's presence, literally, made my skin crawl. He was clearly miscast for his part as the "concerned" and conscientious cop. In conclusion - To say that The Driver was very much a product of its time (the 1970s) would truly be an understatement.

Pass. There seems to be a reason that none of the on-line libraries have it.
5 posted on 01/14/2020 10:20:19 AM PST by ProtectOurFreedom
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To: simpson96

I think that I have seen bits and pieces of this film. I’ll make an effort to watch it. Thank you for sharing this one with us.


6 posted on 01/14/2020 10:20:25 AM PST by Army Air Corps (Four Fried Chickens and a Coke)
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To: simpson96

Walter Hill made some fine movies.


7 posted on 01/14/2020 10:23:14 AM PST by ClearCase_guy (If White Privilege is real, why did Elizabeth Warren lie about being an Indian?)
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WTF is a noir?


8 posted on 01/14/2020 10:23:43 AM PST by Delta 21 (Be strong & prosper, be weak & die! Stay true.... ~~ Donald J. Trump)
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To: Delta 21
WTF is Google?
9 posted on 01/14/2020 10:29:33 AM PST by coaster123 (XLV-MMXX)
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Better see your doctor.


10 posted on 01/14/2020 10:51:15 AM PST by carriage_hill (A society grows great when old men plant trees, in whose shade they know they will never sit.)
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To: ProtectOurFreedom
“No one’s name is mentioned in the entire film! Try to think of any other film you’ve ever seen where this is the case.”

Hell in the Pacific (1968) Lee Marvin and Toshiro Mifune

11 posted on 01/14/2020 11:12:08 AM PST by atomic_dog
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To: simpson96

The same film listed as 1978 is here:

https://youtu.be/0jE9IVbTdqc


12 posted on 01/14/2020 11:35:35 AM PST by map
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To: simpson96

So cool it hurts.


13 posted on 01/14/2020 12:11:03 PM PST by spokeshave (If anything, Trump is guilty of attempting to obstruct injustice.)
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To: simpson96

Loved the remake.


14 posted on 01/14/2020 1:17:01 PM PST by 03A3 (FTNFL)
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