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
Sandra Bullock almost got the part of Karen Sisco, but Director Steven Soderbergh was against it. He said: "I spent some time with Clooney and Bullock, and they actually did have a great chemistry. But it was for the wrong movie. I'm sure they could do a movie together. But not an Elmore Leonard movie." Clooney and Bullock appeared in Gravity (2013). See more »
In the prison-chapel, Jack smashes a vase at the guardsman's head in order to get his uniform. The very following cut, after the vase crashed, it is intact again. See more »
[with Karen's heel on his back]
Wow! You are mean!
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The laserdisk/DVD versions contain the following deleted scenes.
The original trunk scene, much much longer with extra dialog, different lighting and more wriggling.
Moselle is teaching Snoopy's dog "Tuffy" to do tricks with a Frisbee while Snoopy is watching boxing on TV. Glenn calls to tell Snoopy about the Ripley job and then steals a car from a gas station.
In a bizarre scene in the Adams Hotel room, Buddy and Jack talk about the feeling you get when you take a bath.
Karen gets a lecture from her dad about relationships while he fishes ocean debris out of his jetty.
Extended scene of Karen questioning Adele.
In the yard at Lompoc, Ripley talks to Foley about fish.
Glenn, Snoopy, Kenneth and White Boy Bob talk in the car after the transsexual murder.
We see the rather gruesome transsexual murder scene. Ray Cruz talks to Karen who spots Glenn's broken glasses on the floor.
Ripley is released from Lompoc and we see him packing stuff from his cell and saying goodbye to Foley.
After the job "interview" at Ripley's office building, Foley smashes a large fish tank with a paperweight shortly before being thrown out by two security guards.
Foley and Buddy talk in the hotel after Foley has returned from his "socializing" with Karen
Putting ski masks on in the van before the Ripley job. White Boy Bob tells a story about leaving his wallet behind at a break in.
The Resurrection and Gradual Appreciation of a Classic Film
Steven Soderbergh knows his way around the bizarre, nearly impossible story lines and can translate them to film as few others can. OUT OF SIGHT is a little masterpiece of film-making despite the fact that when it initially screened in 1998 it seemed to slip by theatergoers' attention. Based on the inimitable Elmore Leonard novel the story begs indulgence in credible situations but shines in quality of script and characterization and an atmospheric cinematic capturing of a dark, film noir comedy drama that grabs you by the head and holds you glued to the screen for the duration.
The story is rather simple on the surface - a jailed bank robber escapes with the help of his buddy and plans a major hit only to encounter a federal agent in pursuit of the two who becomes the love interest portion of this strangely convoluted tail. Subplots and sidebars are sprinkled throughout Soderbergh's telling of Leonard's story, serving to keep our minds alert and mesmerized by the plot development.
The cast is absolutely first rate with George Clooney, Jennifer Lopez and Ving Rhames especially pungent in roles that seem written for them. The strong supporting cast includes such fine actors as Steve Zahn, Catherine Keener, Don Cheadle, Luis Guzman , Isaiah Washington, Dennis Farina, and Albert Brooks. And for those who enjoy powerful sexual chemistry Clooney and Lopez offer some of their finest collaborative acting. This is a fine movie and one that doubtless in time will be considered and under appreciated Film Classic. Grady Harp
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