Out of Sight

Out of Sight

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Director: Steven Soderbergh

Cast: George Clooney, Jennifer Lopez, Ving Rhames

     
 

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Steven Soderbergh directed this crime caper adapted from the novel by Elmore Leonard. When ex-con Jack Foley (George Clooney) robs a bank, his car goes dead, and Foley lands in a Florida prison. His escape from prison doesn't go as planned, since it's witnessed by deputy federal marshal Karen Sisco (Jennifer Lopez). Foley's pal Buddy Bragg (Ving Rhames) intervenes,… See more details below

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Steven Soderbergh directed this crime caper adapted from the novel by Elmore Leonard. When ex-con Jack Foley (George Clooney) robs a bank, his car goes dead, and Foley lands in a Florida prison. His escape from prison doesn't go as planned, since it's witnessed by deputy federal marshal Karen Sisco (Jennifer Lopez). Foley's pal Buddy Bragg (Ving Rhames) intervenes, with the result that Sisco winds up in the trunk of the getaway car with Foley, and the two realize they're attracted to each other, despite being on opposite sides of the law. However, that doesn't stop Sisco from her mission to capture Foley, who has spent much of his life in prison. Flashbacks introduce Foley's fellow prisoners, including dim dude Glenn Michaels (Steve Zahn), violent Maurice "Snoopy" Miller (Don Cheadle), and insider trader and billionaire Richard Ripley (Albert Brooks), who talks too much about his wealth. This later leads to a break-in at Ripley's posh Detroit estate by Miller, his brother-in-law Kenneth (Isaiah Washington), and menacing White Boy Rob (Keith Loneker). While seeking a hidden safe, the group threatens Ripley's housekeeper Midge (Nancy Allen). Foley and Bragg are in on this operation, but they wind up outwitting the others, and Sisco is close on their trail. The film features uncredited cameos by Michael Keaton and Samuel L. Jackson, and was shot in locations in Florida, Louisiana, and Michigan.

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Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Dave Roth
However cultural historians choose to characterize the Clinton era, with its blockbuster special-effects movies, reality TV, and teenybopper bands, it's a sure bet that Out of Sight will be counted among the era's coolest films. The characters look good and say neat things, as they do in so many movies. But what's special about this cops-and-robbers movie are its peerless craftsmanship and respect for the audience. Credit vanguard American indie director Steven Soderbergh, whose Hollywood movies (Erin Brockovich) percolate with a human pulse and intelligence that's often absent from big-studio offerings. The cast is sharp and puts in work to be remembered -- especially stars George Clooney and Jennifer Lopez and character actors Ving Rhames and Steve Zahn. In the vein of Soderbergh's other Elmore Leonard adaptation, Get Shorty, the storytelling revels in the gritty simplicity of the story: This is a movie about a sexy bank robber (Clooney) who falls in love with a U.S. marshal (Lopez) who, in pursuing him, seems equally driven by lust for justice and just plain lust, too. Broken down to these essentials, Out of Sight seems sprung from pulp novels, a shocking tabloid-worthy tale. But in Soderbergh's shots, editing, and soundtrack stylings, the film emerges as an experiment in cool; and a remarkably successful one.
All Movie Guide - Lucia Bozzola
A superior Elmore Leonard adaptation and critical favorite, Out of Sight (1998) reenergized Steven Soderbergh's directorial career and confirmed George Clooney's and Jennifer Lopez's movie-star quality. With Scott Frank's screenplay sticking closely to the eccentric source, Soderbergh infuses the unlikely connection between charmingly laid-back con Jack Foley and no-nonsense Fed Karen Sisco with a passionately cool romanticism; the intricate flashback structure renders their pairing a dreamy fait accompli even as Jack's line of "work" and comically shady associates accentuate its impossibility. The funky musical vibe and stylish cinematography, replete with velvety nights, bright Florida days, and astutely witty freeze-frames, neatly match the story's shifting moods. Along with the two stars, the gifted ensemble cast -- including Ving Rhames, Don Cheadle, Dennis Farina, Steve Zahn, Albert Brooks, and Catherine Keener -- is perfectly pitched to Leonard's wry humor; Lopez and Clooney's sultry onscreen chemistry is evident from the moment they meet in a car trunk. Though not a summer bonanza, Out of Sight still became Soderbergh's biggest success since sex, lies and videotape (1989) and won the National Society of Film Critics awards for Best Film, Director and Screenplay over future Oscar darlings Saving Private Ryan and Shakespeare in Love.

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Release Date:
06/01/1999
UPC:
0096898340830
Original Release:
1998
Rating:
R
Source:
Universal Studios

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