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Out of Sight (1998)

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A career bank robber breaks out of jail, and shares a moment of mutual attraction with a U.S. Marshal he has kidnapped.



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Nominated for 2 Oscars. Another 13 wins & 12 nominations. See more awards »



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Jim Robinson ...
Bank Employee
Bank Customer (as Elgin Marlowe)
Donna Frenzel ...
Bank Teller
Manny Suárez ...
Bank Cop (as Manny Suarez)
Bank Cop
Chino (as Luis Guzman)
Paul Soileau ...


A career bank robber busts out of jail (Clooney) with the help of his buddy (Rhames) and kidnaps a US Marshal (Lopez) in the process. When the two cons head for Detroit to pull off their final big scam, the Marshal is put on their case but she finds she is attracted to one of them and has second thoughts about bringing them in. Written by <97fa043@dvc.edu>

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


Opposites attract.

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for language and some strong violence | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

26 June 1998 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Un romance peligroso  »

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Box Office


$48,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$12,020,435, 28 June 1998, Wide Release

Gross USA:


Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

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1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


During their DVD commentary, Steven Soderbergh and Screenwriter Scott Frank reveal that the cast members ad-libbed several memorable lines in the script. Don Cheadle wrote the line, "in a situation like this, there's a high potentiality for the common motherfucker to bitch out." See more »


If Karen Sisco had fired a gun in the enclosed volume of a car trunk, she probably would have blown out her ear drums. See more »


Jack Foley: Give me a minute to talk to Buddy.
Maurice "Snoopy" Miller: You got two minutes, that's all. Make up your mind, Foley.
Jack Foley: I wasn't asking permission.
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User Reviews

Great movie!
22 February 2000 | by See all my reviews

I, too, had a little trouble buying that such an intense relationship was born from such a minor conversation between them in the trunk. However, when I was able to get past that inconsistency in the plot, I found a great movie. Clooney and Lopez have great chemistry and show that they are both actors worthy of recognition. I loved the editing--the choppy cuts and the freezing of certain scenes. And I have never seen a better seduction scene in my life. The supporting cast was great too, especially the incomparably zany Steve Zahn. And once I got past the improbability of the relationship being so intense that she would risk her career for it, I thought that the way that she did risk her career was just great. I laughed out loud at the scene when he waves to her from the elevator. That is just a wonderful illustration that not everything is clear-cut or easy to do. Clooney was phenomenal, so cool...and just resigned to his life. I loved it.

By the way, seeing this movie after Jennifer Lopez has launched her career in pop music simply infuriated me that Hollywood has all but lost a true talent to the world of bubblegum pop.

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