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The Driver

1978 film by Walter Hill

The Driver

Released 1978 (44 years, 6 months ago)

Director Walter Hill
Duration 87 minutes
Genre crime film, heist film, action film, neo-noir, thriller film and drama film
Composer Michael Small
Production company 20th Century Fox
Country of origin United States of America
Screenwriter Walter Hill
Producer Lawrence Gordon

About The Driver

The Driver, directed by Walter Hill, is a tense and stylish thriller that follows a skilled getaway driver (Ryan O'Neal) as he navigates a dangerous game of cat and mouse with a determined detective (Bruce Dern). The film's minimalist approach to storytelling and action sequences, combined with a moody synth score by Michael Small, creates a sense of tension and unease that keeps the audience on the edge of their seats.

The film's themes of masculinity and power dynamics are explored through the interactions between the driver and his criminal associates, as well as his confrontations with the detective. The Driver has been praised for its influence on subsequent films in the genre, including Nicolas Winding Refn's Drive.

Despite its initial critical reception, The Driver has since gained a cult following and is considered a classic of the genre. Its impact on the world of cinema is undeniable, and its influence can still be felt in modern films today.


- Ebert, Roger. "The Driver Movie Review & Film Summary (1978).", 1 Jan. 1978,

- Kehr, Dave. "The Driver (1978)." The New York Times, 28 July 2011,

- Murray, Noel. "The Driver." The A.V. Club, 14 Sept. 2007,

Cast and crew

Cast and crew listed below. See if you can find out who is who from the stats below.


87 years, 23 days


67 years, 12 months, 1 day

Born first

18 September 1925

Died first

21 May 2003

Born last

27 June 1955

Died last

21 May 2003

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