The Driver'The Driver' is a mysterious driver who drives gateway cars in robberies. Thanks to his extraordinary ability, he has never been caught by the police. One day, he participates in a heist and be witnessed by a woman - who will then accuse him to the police. A detective becomes obsessed to him and the chase begin.
Critic Reviews of "The Driver"
Groucho ReviewsAugust 08, 2013
Hill has remained a steadily stylish presence in the idiom of action cinema. His genres of concern tend to be the Western and the urban crime drama, and the twain meet in neo-noir The Driver. [Blu-ray]
Parallax ViewSeptember 18, 2010
Even a claustrophobic vision is preferable to none at all, and I want to like Hill's movies. But The Driver is almost impossible to travel with.
CinePassionFebruary 05, 2010
The most direct manifestation of Walter Hill's continuous desire to remake Pickpocket
Ozus' World Movie ReviewsApril 29, 2008
By the end of The Driver you might wonder if you were in a car accident.
Fantastica DailyOctober 21, 2005
A terrific neo-noir that was sadly dumped by its studio in the summer of 1978. Filled with exciting car chases and cynical, hard-boiled exchanges.
Film Journal InternationalJuly 12, 2005
Stripped-down thriller about compromised car thief.
Matinee MagazineJuly 25, 2002
An all-time great action movie. Hill's existential musings are made palpable with the soulful performances by O'Neal and Adjani.
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Ryan O'NealBirth date: 20 April 1941, Los Angeles, California, USADescription: Ryan O'Neal was born on April 20, 1941 in Los Angeles, California, USA as Charles Samuel Eldridge Patrick Ryan O'Neal III. He is an actor, known for Peyton Place (1964), Barry Lyndon (1975) and Paper Moon (1973). He was previously married to Leigh Taylor-Young and Joanna Moore.
Bruce DernBirth date: 4 June 1936, Chicago, Illinois, USADescription: Bruce Dern was born in Chicago, Illinois, to Jean (MacLeish) and John Dern, an attorney and utility chief. His paternal grandfather, George Henry Dern, served as Governor of Utah (1925-1933) and then U.S. Secretary of War (1933-1936). His ancestry includes German, English, Scottish, and Dutch.Bruce Dern had established himself as the movies' premier heavy, playing sociopaths, psychotics and just plain criminals by the time he was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor for Coming Home (1978). Some perceptive critics had noted that Dern was a finer actor than his roles generally allowed one to believe, repelled as one was by the neurotic persona that Dern was able to project and that casting directors capitalized on.Jack Nicholson, a close friend, claimed that Dern was the best of the new breed of actors who had been born just before World War II and were coming into their own in the 1970s. Unlike his screen image, Dern had come from a patrician background: his grandfather had been governor of Utah and a secretary of war under Franklin D. Roosevelt. When allowed to step out of his on-screen persona to assay the millionaire Tom Buchanan in the 1974 remake of The Great Gatsby (1974), he acquitted himself quite well.Some critics said that "Gatsby" would have been better if Dern rather than Robert Redford had played the title role. Others pointed to his fine work as Nicholson's brother in The King of Marvin Gardens (1972) to establish a case that he was an underappreciated and underutilized talent. By the time Dern appeared as the cuckolded Marine in "Coming Home," a consensus had emerged that Dern was a fine actor. He won an Oscar nod for the role, then fell victim to the infamous "Oscar curse" that has claimed other winners, most famously in the case of 1969 Best Supporting Actor winner Gig Young, Dern's co-star in They Shoot Horses, Don't They? (1969).Dern, like Young before him, was determined to break out of supporting roles. Like Young, who had been cast repeatedly as a light comedian in his career, Dern had also become typecast, but as a psycho, surpassing even Anthony Perkins in those types of roles. Dern was determined to break out of the ghetto he had found himself in before "Coming Home." He failed, and his career suffered.Up through his Oscar nomination, Dern had starred in 26 films in 11 years since graduating to steady employment in A-pictures with Waterhole #3 (1967). After the 1979 Oscar nod, he would appear in only a dozen feature films in the next 11 years, not counting TV movies. None of them brought him stardom or much acclaim, and his attempt at becoming a lead man, Middle Age Crazy (1980), flopped badly (he did received a nomination for Best Performance by a Foreign Actor at the 1981 Genie Awards, the Canadian equivalent of the Oscars, for his work in that picture). It was back to psychos, this time as a lead, in Tattoo (1981). The movie proved to be another flop, and his reputation was further damaged when he bragged that he had actually performed on-screen sexual intercourse with co-star Maud Adams, a boast that Adams heatedly denied. Dern's star was seriously dimmed.Although he landed a coveted role in the film adaptation of Jason Miller's Pulitzer Prize-winning play That Championship Season (1982), the film was a disappointment with critics and at the box office. He turned in a fine performance three years later in the TV movie Toughlove (1985), but overall, his career was floundering.Another psycho role, that of Uncle Bud in After Dark, My Sweet (1990), started buzz about another possible Best Supporting Oscar nod for him, but the film proved a box-office bust and the nomination never materialized. A predicted career renaissance for Dern faded, just as the careers of his ex-wife, Diane Ladd, and their daughter, Laura Dern, kicked into high gear.Since the 1990 high point of the second wave of his career, Dern has stayed steadily employed, but has never again generated much critical acclaim, nor made any inroads towards reclaiming his crown as the cinema's premier sociopath. A fine actor, who will be remembered most vividly for such psycho/killer roles such as the rustler leader who gunned down John Wayne in The Cowboys (1972), Dern's career serves as a cautionary tale for those actors who try to escape the ghetto of typecasting. While nothing restricts an actor's artistic development as much as typecasting, unless like a Duke Wayne they can turn that type into superstardom, trying to break out of the type can prove to be career suicide.
Isabelle AdjaniBirth date: 27 June 1955, Paris, FranceDescription: Isabelle Yasmine Adjani was born in Gennevilliers, Hauts-de-Seine, a suburb of Paris, to Emma Augusta "Gusti" (Schweinberger) and Mohammed Adjani. Her father was a Kabyle Algerian, from Iferhounène, and her mother was a Bavarian German. She grew up speaking German fluently. After winning a school recitation contest, she began acting in amateur theater by the age of twelve. At the age of 14, she starred in her first motion picture, Le petit bougnat (1970). Adjani has appeared in 30 films since 1970. She holds the record for most César Award for Best Actress (5), which she won for Possession (1981), L'été meurtrier (1983) (aka "One Deadly Summer"), Camille Claudel (1988), La reine Margot (1994) (aka "Queen Margot") and La journée de la jupe (2008) (aka "Skirt Day"). She was also given a double Cannes Film Festival Best Actress Award in 1981. She also received two Academy Award nominations for Best Actress. She performs in French, English, Italian and German. Adjani was made a Chevalier de la Légion d'honneur in 2010.
Ronee BlakleyBirth date: 24 August 1945, Caldwell, Idaho, USADescription: Ronee Blakley came to prominence as the fictional country superstar Barbara Jean (a role that was originally offered to Susan Anspach), in Robert Altman's Nashville (1975). Her performance in the film won her a National Board of Review for Best Supporting Actress, and garnered Academy Award, BAFTA, and Golden Globe nominations.
Matt ClarkBirth date: 25 November 1936, Washington, District of Columbia, USADescription: Born In Washington, D.C., Matt grew up in Arlington, Va. Son of Frederick W. Clark, a boat builder and cabinet maker, and Theresa (Costello) Clark, owner and director of a private school in Arlington. Following a two-year stint in the army, Matt attended George Washington University, but dropped out to join a local Washington, D.C. theatre group. He moved to New York in the mid-50's and studied acting at the HB Studio with Herbert Berghof, William Hickey and Frank Naughton. After working at the famous Living Theater and starring in several off-Broadway plays, he moved to California to begin his film career. Matt has appeared in more than 50 feature films, in addition to countless television movies and TV series. He is the director of the film, Da (1988), starring Bernard Hughes, Martin Sheen, and his old acting teacher, Bill Hickey. Matt is father of 4 children: Matthias Clark (musician), Jason Clark (producer), Seth Clark (film editor) and Aimée Clark (producer).
Felice OrlandiBirth date: 18 September 1924, Avezzano, Abruzzo, ItalyDescription: Felice Orlandi was born on September 18, 1924 in Avezzano, Abruzzo, Italy as Felice Antonio Orlandi. He was an actor, known for Bullitt (1968), Killer's Kiss (1955) and They Shoot Horses, Don't They? (1969). He was married to Alice Ghostley. He died on May 21, 2003 in Burbank, California, USA.
Joseph WalshBirth date: 11 July 1937, New York City, New York, USADescription: Joseph Walsh was born on July 11, 1937 in New York City, New York, USA. He is an actor and writer, known for Poltergeist (1982), Hans Christian Andersen (1952) and The Driver (1978).
Rudy RamosBirth date: 19 September 1950, Lawton, Oklahoma, USADescription: With only one television credit on his resume, Rudy was cast in the hit TV western, The High Chaparral (1967), as "Wind", the half-breed Indian boy. Thirty-five years later, his career is still going strong.Recurring roles on TV include Resurrection Blvd. (2000) and Hunter (1984). Rudy has had starring roles in made-for-TV movies such as The Blue Knight (1973), Helter Skelter (1976), Everybody's Baby: The Rescue of Jessica McClure (1989) and Dr. Quinn Medicine Woman: The Movie (1999), to name a few. Guest appearances on episodic TV range from George Lopez (2002), NYPD Blue (1993) and JAG (1995) to Murder, She Wrote (1984), MacGyver (1985), Hill Street Blues (1981) and Hawaii Five-O (1968), with many in-between.Rudy has also performed in many feature films. He has had featured roles in Beverly Hills Cop II (1987), with Eddie Murphy, and The Enforcer (1976), with Clint Eastwood, co-starring roles in Colors (1988), directed by Dennis Hopper and staring Sean Penn, and The Driver (1978), with Ryan O'Neal, and starring roles in Quicksilver (1986), with Kevin Bacon, Defiance (1980), with Jan-Michael Vincent, and Art Carney, Torchlight (1985), with Steve Railsback and Ian McShane and Road Dogz (2000), with Jacob Vargas and directed by the up-and-coming young director, Alfredo Ramos.As a member of the Los Angeles Actors Theatre, Rudy performed the role of "Cupcakes", in the award-winning hit show, Shorteyes, by Miguel Pinero. Other stage performances have taken place in such notable theaters as The Mark Taper Forum, John Anson Ford, The Met, Matrix, The Los Angeles Theatre Center, Nosotros, South Coast Rep, New Mexico Rep and The Ojai Playwrights Conference.The album, "Hard Knocks and Bad Times", showcases Rudy's musical talents.
Denny MackoBirth date: 1 January 1947, USADescription: Denny Macko was born on January 1, 1947 in the USA. He is an actor, known for The Driver (1978) and Police Story (1973).
Frank BrunoBirth date: 1 January 1947, USADescription: Frank Bruno is an actor, known for The Driver (1978) and Friendly Fire (1979).
Will WalkerBirth date: 1 January 1947, USADescription: Will Walker is an actor, known for The Driver (1978), Hardcore (1979) and Deathsport (1978).
Sandy Brown WyethBirth date: 26 February 1941, USADescription: Sandy Brown Wyeth was born on February 26, 1941 in the USA as Sandra Brown Wyeth. She is an actress, known for Easy Rider (1969), Johnny Got His Gun (1971) and The Driver (1978).
Tara KingBirth date: 26 February 1941, USADescription: Tara King is an actress, known for 48 Hrs. (1982), The Driver (1978) and The Wanderers (1979).
Richard CareyBirth date: 26 February 1941, USADescription: Richard Carey is an actor, known for The Driver (1978), Cyrano de Bergerac (1938) and Away in a Manger (1955).
Fidel CoronaBirth date: 26 February 1941, USADescription: Fidel Corona is an actor, known for The Driver (1978).
Victor GilmourBirth date: 26 February 1941, USADescription: Victor Gilmour is an actor, known for The Driver (1978).
Nick DimitriBirth date: 27 December 1932, USADescription: Prolific Hollywood stuntman / actor / bodybuilder who portrayed bare knuckle fighters, tough thugs, vicious hoodlums and even a living dead sculptor in a career spanning over thirty years. A US navy veteran, the athletically built Dimitri first got involved in cinema in the late 1950's and contributed stunt work to TV series like 77 Sunset Strip (1958) and Route 66 (1960) and appeared in minor acting roles in Kid Galahad (1962), The Train (1964) and Ambushers, The (1967).Dimitri was genuinely terrifying as an artist who returns from the dead seeking blood to build a hideous statue and to terrorize Angie Dickinson in the TV pilot The Norliss Tapes (1973). He was equally impressive as a ruthless bare knuckle fighter hired by white collar gangsters to slug it out with Charles Bronson amongst pits of oyster shells in the climax of the gritty Hard Times (1975).He remained perpetually busy during the 1980's contributing stunts and acting appearances in many action oriented TV shows including Knight Rider (1982), The A-Team (1983), MacGyver (1985) and Hunter (1984). In the 1990s, Dimitri tangled with cop Steven Seagal during a pool room brawl in Out for Justice (1991) and he was knocked out cold by a bomb laden corpse (!) as Arnold Schwarzenegger made his escape for a gangster's lavish rooftop funeral in Last Action Hero (1993). A longtime member of the well known Stuntmen's Association, Dimitri enjoys minor cult status amongst some movie fans for his "tough as nails" screen characters !
Bob MinorBirth date: 1 January 1944, Birmingham, Alabama, USADescription: Big, brawny and imposing actor and stuntman Bob Minor was born on January 1st in 1944 in Birmingham, Alabama. The 6' 2" onetime champion bodybuilder (he's a former Mr. Los Angeles bodybuilding title holder) made his debut as a stuntman doubling for James Iglehart in Russ Meyer's delightfully outrageous Beyond the Valley of the Dolls (1970). Minor subsequently played "Barbados" in Meyer's Black Snake (1973). Minor's next significant big break was working as both an actor and stunt coordinator for Jack Hill on both Coffy (1973) and Foxy Brown (1974). Minor also acted for Jack Hill in The Swinging Cheerleaders (1974) and The Jezebels (1975) (aka "Switchblade Sisters"). Minor went on to become the first black member of the Stuntman's Association of Motion Pictures in 1973. Six years later, Minor became the second vice-president of the Stuntman's Association of Motion Pictures. Among the many films Minor has performed stunts in are National Treasure (2004), Holes (2003), Ocean's Eleven (2001), The Italian Job (2003), Volcano (1997), Witness (1985), The Beastmaster (1982), The Sword and the Sorcerer (1982), Dr. Black, Mr. Hyde (1976), Let's Do It Again (1975), Rollerball (1975), Earthquake (1974), Cleopatra Jones (1973), Black Eye (1974), Detroit 9000 (1973) and Black Caesar (1973). Minor has doubled for such actors as Jim Brown, Fred Williamson, John Amos, Danny Glover, Bernie Mac, Sidney Poitier, Roger E. Mosley and Carl Weathers. He has also worked as both a second-unit director and stunt coordinator on many pictures and TV shows. Minor's most memorable acting roles are "Studs the chauffeur" in Coffy (1973), a black revolutionary in Foxy Brown (1974), a back-alley pimp in Scream Blacula Scream (1973), a rollerball team member in Rollerball (1975), "Wiley" in The Deep (1977), a stick-up man in The Driver (1978), Harold Sakata's brutal henchman in Death Dimension (1978) and a vicious hitman in Action Jackson (1988). Minor's TV show guest spots include a Klingon on Star Trek: Deep Space Nine (1993), ER (1994), Walker, Texas Ranger (1993), L.A. Law (1986), Jake and the Fatman (1987), Alien Nation (1989), Matlock (1986), The Fall Guy (1981), Quincy M.E. (1976), Starsky and Hutch (1975), Wonder Woman (1975), Eight Is Enough (1977), The Fall Guy (1981), The Greatest American Hero (1981) and The Six Million Dollar Man (1974). Minor was the stunt coordinator for the hit TV show Magnum, P.I. (1980) for six years and directed second unit on the show, as well. The film Bob Minor is proudest of is Glory (1989), in which he employed 70 some people to perform stunts in the picture.
Angelo LamoneaBirth date: 1 January 1944, Birmingham, Alabama, USADescription: Angelo Lamonea is known for his work on Pee-wee's Big Adventure (1985), Jumpin' Jack Flash (1986) and The Driver (1978).
Patrick BurnsBirth date: 1 January 1944, Birmingham, Alabama, USADescription: Patrick Burns is a producer and assistant director, known for It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia (2005), Planes, Trains & Automobiles (1987) and Kalifornia (1993).
Karen KleimanBirth date: 1 January 1944, Birmingham, Alabama, USADescription: Karen Kleiman is an actress, known for The Driver (1978).
Thomas MyersBirth date: 1 January 1944, Birmingham, Alabama, USADescription: Thomas Myers is an actor, known for The Long Riders (1980), The Driver (1978) and The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas (1982).
Bill McConnellBirth date: 1 January 1944, Birmingham, Alabama, USADescription: Bill McConnell is an actor, known for Brewster's Millions (1985), The Driver (1978) and The Marriage of a Young Stockbroker (1971).
Peter JasonBirth date: 22 July 1944, Hollywood, California, USADescription: Excellent, prolific and versatile character actor Peter Jason was born on July 22, 1944, in Hollywood, CA, and grew up in Balboa. He attended Newport Beach Elementary School, Horace Ensign Junior High and Newport Harbor High School. He originally planned on being a football player, but fell in love with acting after playing the lead in a high school production of "The Man Who Came to Dinner." Following his high school graduation he attended Orange Coast Junior College and did a season of summer stock at the Peterborough Playhouse in New Hampshire. He then studied as a drama major at the Carnegie Institute of Technology in Pittsburgh, PA. More stage work followed with the acting group the South Coast Repertory Company. He made his film debut in Howard Hawks' final film, Rio Lobo (1970) (which Jason says is one of his favorites). He worked with Orson Welles on the uncompleted The Other Side of the Wind as an actor, boom operator, prop man and even cook for the cast and crew. Jason has appeared in many films for director Walter Hill; he's especially memorable as the racist redneck bartender in 48 Hrs. (1982). He has also appeared in many films for director John Carpenter: he's very engaging as the jolly Dr. Paul Leahy in Prince of Darkness (1987) and was terrific as underground guerrilla army leader Gilbert in They Live (1988). Other notable roles include a sinister government agent in Dreamscape (1984), rugged Maj. G.F. Devin in Clint Eastwood's Heartbreak Ridge (1986), jerky detective Fedorchuk in Alien Nation (1988), a newspaper reporter in Seabiscuit (2003) and the U.S. president in Alien Apocalypse (2005). Jason recently had a recurring role as dissolute gambler Con Stapleton in the superbly gritty cable Western TV series Deadwood (2004). He also had a regular part as Capt. Skip Gleason on Mike Hammer, Private Eye (1997). Among the many TV shows Peter has done guest spots on are Desperate Housewives (2004), Sabrina, the Teenage Witch (1996), Nash Bridges (1996), Coach (1989), The Golden Girls (1985), Murder, She Wrote (1984), Married with Children (1987), Roseanne (1988), Dear John (1988), Quantum Leap (1989), Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman (1993), B.J. and the Bear (1978), The Incredible Hulk (1978), Gunsmoke (1955) and Hawaii Five-O (1968). In addition to his substantial film and TV show credits, Jason has acted in over 150 plays and hundreds of TV commercials. An accomplished baritone vocalist, Jason has sung in such musical stage productions as "The Music Man" (this is one of his favorite plays), "Stop the World, I Want to Get Off," "The Roar of the Greasepaint" and "Threepenny Opera" (as Mack the Knife). He's been married to his wife Eileen for 33 years. In his spare time he makes his own furniture with found, recycled wood.
William HasleyBirth date: 22 July 1944, Hollywood, California, USADescription: William Hasley is a writer and actor, known for Smurfs (1981), Fat Albert and the Cosby Kids (1972) and The Young Riders (1989).
Allan GrafBirth date: 16 December 1949, USADescription: Graf is one of Hollywood's premier 2nd unit directors and stunt coordinators whose 35 year career behind the cameras includes the staging of stunts in over five dozen films while directing second unit action on three dozen features, including such recent films as Todd Phillips' comedy "Due Date, "Walt Disney's "The Muppets" (2011, on which he also cordinated stunts) and Phillips' independent feature, "Project X" (2012).A native of Southern California, Graf first made his mark on the gridiron, where he captained the 1967 San Fernando High School city championship team, winning All-American honors. He won a full athletic scholarship to the University of Southern California, and played offensive guard for John McKay's powerhouse Trojans. Graf started on McKay's legendary, undefeated (12-0) 1972 NCAA National Championship team, and was one of the heroes at the 1973 Rose Bowl, when USC defeated Ohio State 42-17. He next played in the 1973 college all-star game against the NFL's undefeated Miami Dolphins at Chicago's Soldier Field.Following graduation, Graf became a free agent with the Los Angeles Rams before joining the World Football League's Portland Storm during their inaugural 1974 season. When the league abruptly folded, Graf tackled a career change when he fatefully won a role as former Chicago Bears player Dick Butkus' stunt double in the 1976 Disney film, "Gus," a comic opus about a field-goal kicking mule.Following his debut, Graf worked as a stunt player for several years on a variety of projects, notably Walter Hill's "Southern Comfort," "The Driver" and "The Long Riders," John Carpenter's "They Live," Paul Verhoeven's "Total Recall," "Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan," "Raising Arizona," "Action Jackson," "S.W.A.T.," "Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl," "Independence Day" and, most recently, "Captain America: The First Avenger."He has coordinated stunts on several other projects, including "Punch Drunk Love," "Domestic Disturbance," John Woo's "Broken Arrow," "Wayne's World,""The Hangover, Part II" (the highest-grossing, R-rated comedy of all time), and several of director Hill's actioners, including "Supernova," "Geronimo: An American Legend" and "Wild Bill," on which he also directed the films' 2nd unit. On Hill's 1990 sequel, "Another 48 Hrs.," Graf, as the film's 2nd unit director and stunt coordinator, was the very first stuntman to cannon roll a bus at 60 mph. He subsequently flipped a bus again on the Jean-Claude Van Damme actioner, "Nowhere to Run," cannon rolling a 40-foot bus underneath a 60-foot wide freeway overpass.The former college football great is also one of Hollywood's best known football coordinators and 2nd unit directors, designing and staging the gridiron action for such films as Oliver Stone's epic, "Any Given Sunday," Howard Deutch's comedy, "The Replacements," "The Program," "The Waterboy," "Necessary Roughness," "Man of the House," Gary Fleder's football biopic, "The Express," Cameron Crowe's Oscar®-winning "Jerry Maguire" and Peter Berg's acclaimed football classic, "Friday Night Lights." His work on "Friday Night Lights" and "The Express" all earned ESPY Awards.To further add to Graf's slate of talents, he has also logged several supporting acting roles, including that of 'Captain Turner' on HBO's "Deadwood" (again working with Walter Hill) along with many other projects such as "L.A. Confidential" (the abusive husband beaten down by Russell Crowe in the film's early moments), "The Replacements," Paul Thomas Anderson's "Magnolia" and "Boogie Nights," Oliver Stone's "The Doors," Hill's "Red Heat" and "Another 48 Hrs.," "Poltergeist" and "Verhoeven's "RoboCop," among dozens of others.Graf penned an original screenplay entitled "Turning the Tide," a football drama which depicts the historic 1970 gridiron contest between McKay's USC Trojans and Bear Bryant's Crimson Tide of Alabama. The film is currently in development.Graf most recently reteamed with filmmaker Brian Helgeland on "42" after having served as 2nd unit director on his 2001 adventure film, "A Knight's Tale," for whom he designed and directed all the jousting sequences.
Directors of "The Driver"
Walter HillBirth date: 10 January 1940, Long Beach, California, USADescription: Hill was born in Long Beach, California and educated at Mexico City College and Michigan State University. He worked in oil drilling and constructi...
Creators of "The Driver"
Walter HillBirth date: 10 January 1940, Long Beach, California, USADescription: Hill was born in Long Beach, California and educated at Mexico City College and Michigan State University. He worked in oil drilling and constructi...