OUT OF SIGHT is a 1998 American crime comedy film directed by Steven
Soderbergh and written by
Scott Frank , adapted from
Elmore Leonard 's
novel of the same name . The first of several collaborations between
Soderbergh and actor
George Clooney , it was released on June 26,
The film stars Clooney and
Jennifer Lopez and co-stars
Ving Rhames ,
Don Cheadle ,
Dennis Farina , Nancy Allen ,
Steve Zahn , Catherine
Keener , and
Albert Brooks . There are also special appearances by
Michael Keaton , briefly reprising his role as Ray Nicolette in
Quentin Tarantino 's
Jackie Brown the previous year, and Samuel L.
The film received
Academy Award nominations for Adapted Screenplay
and Editing and won the
Edgar Award for best screenplay and the
National Society of Film Critics awards for best film, screenplay, and
director. The film led to a spinoff TV series in 2003,
Karen Sisco .
* 1 Plot
* 2 Cast
* 3 Production
* 3.1 Development
* 3.2 Casting
* 3.3 Music
* 4 Release
* 4.1 Critical reception
* 4.2 Accolades
* 5 References
* 6 External links
A career bank robber , Jack Foley, and a
U.S. Marshal , Karen Sisco,
are forced to share a car trunk during Foley's escape from a Florida
prison. After he completes his getaway, Foley is chased by Sisco while
he and his friends—right-hand man Buddy and unreliable associate
Glenn—work their way north to
Bloomfield Hills , a wealthy northern
Detroit . There they plan to pay a visit to shady
businessman Ripley, who foolishly bragged to them in prison years
before about a cache of uncut diamonds hidden in his home.
A vicious criminal named Maurice Miller, who also spent time in jail
with Jack and Ripley, is planning on hitting up Ripley's mansion with
his own crew, including Kenneth and White Boy Bob. A romantic
interlude between Foley and Sisco takes place in a
Detroit hotel, but
the question of whether she is really pursuing Foley to arrest him or
for love ends in a showdown during the robbery at Ripley's home and
adds to "the fun" Foley claims they are having.
George Clooney as Jack Foley
Jennifer Lopez as Karen Sisco
Ving Rhames as Buddy Bragg
Don Cheadle as Maurice Miller
Steve Zahn as Glenn Michaels
Albert Brooks as Richard Ripley
Dennis Farina as Marshall Sisco
Luis Guzmán as Chino
Isaiah Washington as Kenneth
* Nancy Allen as Midge
Keith Loneker as White Boy Bob
Catherine Keener as Adele
Viola Davis as Moselle
Paul Calderon as Raymond Cruz
Wendell B. Harris Jr. as Daniel Burdon
Michael Keaton (uncredited) as Ray Nicolette
Samuel L. Jackson (uncredited) as Hejira Henry
The source novel's origins lie in a picture Leonard saw in the
Detroit News of a beautiful young female federal marshal standing in
front of a Miami courthouse with a shotgun resting on her hip.
Danny DeVito bought the rights to the book after his success
with the 1995 film adaptation of Leonard's novel
Get Shorty . Steven
Soderbergh had made two films for
Universal Pictures when executive
Casey Silver offered him
Out of Sight
Out of Sight with
George Clooney attached.
However, the filmmaker was close to making another project and
hesitated to commit. Silver told him, "These things aren't going to
line up very often, you should pay attention".
Sandra Bullock was originally considered to play
Karen Sisco opposite
Clooney. According to Soderbergh, "What happened was I spent some time
with and they actually did have a great chemistry. But it was for the
wrong movie. They really should do a movie together, but it was not
Elmore Leonard energy."
Danny DeVito and
Garry Shandling were considered for the part of
Albert Brooks was cast. The character of Foley appealed
to Clooney, who as a boy had considered as heroes the bank robbers in
movies, citing "the Cagneys and the Bogarts , Steve McQueen and all
those guys, the guys who were kind of bad and you still rooted for
them. And when I read this, I thought, 'This guy is robbing a bank but
you really want him to get away with it.'"
Nicolas Roeg 's 1973 film Don\'t Look Now as the
primary influence on how he approached the love scene between Foley
and Sisco: "What I wanted to create in our movie was the intimacy of
that, the juxtaposition of these two contrasting things ... We had to
mix it up and have you feel like you were more in their heads."
The character Ray Nicolette also appears in Leonard's novel Rum Punch
, which was being filmed as
Jackie Brown when
Universal Pictures was
preparing to begin production on Out of Sight. After Michael Keaton
was cast as the detective Nicolette in Jackie Brown, Universal
subsequently cast him for a cameo in the same role in Out of Sight.
Miramax Films owned the rights to the character, due to the fact
Jackie Brown went into production first, director Quentin
Tarantino felt it was imperative that Miramax not charge Universal for
using the character, allowing the character's appearance without
Miramax receiving financial compensation. Nicolette appears in only
one brief scene, whereas the character was a much more substantial
element of Jackie Brown.
DJ David Holmes was originally hired to write a few sections of the
film's theme music. Soderbergh liked what he did so much that he had
Holmes score the rest of the film. Holmes spent six weeks working 12-
to 17-hour days to finish the score in time for the film's release. He
drew upon several influences, including
Lalo Schifrin ,
Quincy Jones ,
Dean Martin ,
Miles Davis ,
Sun Ra , and
Willie Bobo .
Out of Sight
Out of Sight was released on June 26, 1998, in 2,106 theaters and
USD $12 million on its opening weekend. It went on to gross
$37.5 million domestically and $40.2 million in the rest of the world
for a worldwide total of $77.7 million.
Out of Sight
Out of Sight received critical acclaim. On
Rotten Tomatoes , the film
has a 93% approval rating, based on 88 reviews, with an average rating
of 7.9/10. The site's critical consensus reads: "Steven Soderbergh's
intelligently crafted adaptation of the
Elmore Leonard novel is witty,
sexy, surprisingly entertaining, and a star-making turn for George
Metacritic , the film has a score of 85 out of 100,
based on 30 reviews, indicating "universal acclaim."
Roger Ebert gave the film three and a half out of four
stars and praised Clooney's performance, stating: "Clooney has never
been better. A lot of actors who are handsome when young need to put
on some miles before the full flavor emerges ... Here Clooney at last
looks like a big screen star; the good-looking leading man from
television is over with".
Janet Maslin of
The New York Times
The New York Times praised
Lopez's performance, writing, "Ms. Lopez has her best movie role thus
far, and she brings it both seductiveness and grit; if it was hard to
imagine a hard-working, pistol-packing bombshell on the page, it
couldn't be easier here".
Andrew Sarris , in his review for The New
York Observer , wrote, "For once in a mainstream production, the
narrative machinery works on all cylinders without any wasted motion
or fatuous rhetoric. They don't make movies like this anymore, in this
overcalculated and overtested era". In his review for the Los Angeles
Times , Kenneth Turan wrote, "As always with the best of Leonard, it's
the journey, not the destination, that counts, and director Soderbergh
has let it unfold with dry wit and great skill. Making adroit use of
complex flashbacks, freeze frames and other stylistic flourishes, he's
managed to put his personal stamp on the film while staying faithful
to the irreplaceable spirit of the original".
Entertainment Weekly gave the film a "B+" rating and Owen Gleiberman
wrote, "This is Clooney’s wiliest, most complex star turn yet. It
helps that he’s lost the Beverly Hills Caesar cut (he’s actually
more handsome with his hair swept back), and his performance is slyly
two-tiered: Foley is all charming moxie on the surface, a bit clueless
Richard Schickel , in his review for Time , wrote, "What
makes this movie work is the kind of cool that made
Get Shorty go so
nicely: an understanding that life's little adventures rarely come in
neat three-act packages, the way most movies now do, and the unruffled
presentation of outrageously twisted dialogue, characters and
situations as if they were the most natural things in the world". In
her review for the
L.A. Weekly ,
Manohla Dargis wrote, "This isn't a
profound film, or even an important one, but then it isn't trying to
be; it's so diverting and so full of small, satisfying pleasures, you
don't realize how good it is until after it's over".
National Society of Film Critics voted
Out of Sight
Out of Sight the Best Film
of 1998 as well as Soderbergh Best Director and Frank for Best
Entertainment Weekly voted it as the sexiest film ever on
their "50 Sexiest Movies Ever" poll and ranked it #9 on their Top 25
Modern Romances list.
In 2012, the
Motion Picture Editors Guild listed
Out of Sight
Out of Sight as the
52nd best-edited film of all time based on a survey of its membership.
In later years, Soderbergh would see the film as "a very conscious
decision on my part to try and climb my way out of the arthouse ghetto
which can be as much of a trap as making blockbuster films". He had
just turned down directing Human Nature , written by
Charlie Kaufman ,
to direct Out of Sight. "And I was very aware that at that point in my
career, half the business was off limits to me". Clooney said, "Out
of Sight was the first time where I had a say, and it was the first
good screenplay that I'd read where I just went, 'That's it.' And even
though it didn't do really well box office-wise - we sort of tanked
again - it was a really good film".
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