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The Driver

The Driver

The Driver

1978 / 91min / 35mm

DIRECTOR: WALTER HILL

CAST: RYAN O'NEAL, ISABELLE ADJANI, BRUCE DERN

The apotheosis of Hill’s stripped-down style, paring exposition to the bare minimum while unburdening characters of backstory, The Driver takes place in a seemingly empty Los Angeles in a nearly endless night, revolving around three nameless characters: Ryan O’Neal’s getaway driver, Bruce Dern’s Ahab-obsessive detective, and Adjani, as a woman whose crucial witness could see the driver locked away, though she refrains for reasons known only to her, an enigma peering out from the shadow of her iconic broad-brimmed hat, the very soul of the movie’s affectless cool.