Out to Sea (1997)

PG-13  |   |  Comedy, Romance  |  2 July 1997 (USA)
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A failed gambler, intent on meeting a rich widow, tricks his widowed brother-in-law into boarding a cruise ship as dance hosts.


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Liz LaBreche
Vivian (as Gloria De Haven)
Gil Godwyn
Mavis LaBreche
Mac Valor
Jonathan Devereaux
Cullen Carswell
Mrs. Ellen Carruthers
Esther Scott ...


Care-free Charlie cons his widower brother-in-law Herb into an expenses-paid luxury cruise in search of rich, lonely ladies. The catch is that they are required to be dance hosts! With a tyrannical cruise director, and the luscious Liz and lovely Vivian, our heroes have lots of mis-adventures before they finally return to port. Written by Derek Picken <dpicken@email.msn.com>

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Rated PG-13 for language and sex-related humor | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

2 July 1997 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Bailando sobre el mar  »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend:

$7,655,948 (USA) (4 July 1997)


DEM 266,927 (Germany) (22 May 1998)

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1.85 : 1
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Edward Mulhare's last appearance. He died shortly after making this movie. See more »


After Herb and Charlie have boarded the 767 for Miami and tried to get into Business Class, they are sent to seats 37H and J. They go aft and sit down in the center row of seats. But seats H and J are always the aisle and window seats in the right hand row of the plane. See more »


Mavis: Hah! A couple of gold diggers, comin' up empty. That's terrific!
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Crazy Credits

During the first part of the credits, the cast (singly and in pairs) dances; during the latter part, we see outtakes. See more »


References Star Search (1983) See more »


Jumpin' at the Woodside
Written by Count Basie
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Out to Sea-Go Down to the Sea in Ships to Catch this One ***1/2
22 March 2009 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Walter Matthau and Jack Lemmon, both of whom are sadly missed, proved once again that they were a team dedicated to their craft of bringing hilarious moments to the screen. This film is just another example of this.

This time out they play two brothers-in-law who land on a ship as dance instructors on board.

Of course, their boss is a perfectionist and miserable person named Gil Godwin who just enjoys harassing these boys. It's hilarious how Lemmon gives a quick lesson in dancing to Matthau and how the latter dances a riotous rumba with the boat's owner Rue McLanahan.

Too bad that fellow dance instructors Hal Linden and Donald O'Connor are given so little to do but their parts call for that. Matthau falls for Dyan Cannon, on board with her fellow gold-digging mother, the usual outrageous Elaine Stritch. Unknown to them, Matthau has no money either. The widower Lemmon falls for Gloria De Haven, looking lovelier than ever.

The film belongs to Matthau and Lemmon and will serve as a further tribute to their illustrious careers.

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