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Lookin' to Get Out (1982)

Two gamblers must leave New York City after one loses a lot of money. Doing what all gamblers in trouble would do, they hurry to the gambling capital Las Vegas to turn their luck around.


Hal Ashby




Cast overview, first billed only:
Jon Voight ... Alex Kovac
Ann-Margret ... Patti Warner
Burt Young ... Jerry Feldman
Bert Remsen ... Smitty
Jude Farese Jude Farese ... Harry (as Jude Ferrese)
Allen Keller Allen Keller ... Joey
Richard Bradford ... Bernie Gold
Stacey Pickren Stacey Pickren ... Rusty - The Red-Headed Hooker
Samantha Harper ... Lillian - Jerry's Ex-Wife
Fox Harris Fox Harris ... Harvey - The Elevator Operator
Marcheline Bertrand ... Girl in Jeep
Clyde Kusatsu ... Parking Attendant - Gets the China Speech
Larry Flash Jenkins ... Parking Attendant - Brings Up the Car (as Larry 'Flash' Jenkins)
Roger Rook Roger Rook ... Poker Player
Bill Borsella Bill Borsella ... Poker Player


Two gamblers must leave New York City after one loses a lot of money. Doing what all gamblers in trouble would do, they hurry to the gambling capital Las Vegas to turn their luck around. Written by Melissa Portell <mportell@s-cwis.unomaha.edu>

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What they're doing is insane, immoral... and working!



Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for language and some nudity | See all certifications »

Did You Know?


Jon Voight once said of his Alex Kovac character in this film: "In almost all of us there's an 'Alex' who wants to be crazy and fun-loving and who cares about who pays the tab." See more »

Alternate Versions

An extended version of the film was released on DVD on June 30, 2009. It runs 15 minutes longer than the theatrical cut, at 120 minutes. See more »


Referenced in Hal (2018) See more »


Lookin' to Get Out
Music & Lyrics by Johnny Mandel, George Doering & Jo Ellen Doering
Sung by Tommie Lee Bradley, David Palmer, Paul Delf, Mark Burger
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Energetic Tour-de-Force Actors' Movie
27 December 2004 | by david-greene5See all my reviews

Because this film has been so stubbornly withheld from the home-video market, it has been years since the last time I saw it. Still, as a serious aficionado of fine acting, I still retain vivid memories of this lively flick and I can not understand all the negative reaction it received. The characters who populate this story are fascinating and memorably enacted by a superb cast. It would be little more than another typical caper flick were it not for the well-drawn weaknesses of the main characters which lead them inexorably into a high pressure situation from which they must try with all their might to escape. If you ever get to see this show, watch for the marvelous work of the numerous supporting players such as Richard Bradford. It is a deliciously glossy, stylish film but with a character-driven story that thoroughly engrossed me each time I saw it. It dances precariously between comedy and drama in a manner which I found intriguing and delightful. In view of all the bad reviews I have read about "Looking to Get Out" I deeply regret that it persists in being unavailable year after year. I would love to look at it again to try to figure out what causes so many folks to dislike it. Is it simply a matter of taste? I do not know.

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Release Date:

30 June 1983 (Australia) See more »

Also Known As:

Lookin' to Get Out See more »

Filming Locations:

Nevada, USA See more »


Box Office


$17,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$528,559, 10 October 1982

Gross USA:


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Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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