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, 1998.
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. Jackson .
The film received
* 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
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
* 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
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 Ripley before 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.'"
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. While Miramax Films owned the rights to the character, due to the fact that 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 ,
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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
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 underneath". 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
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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".
AMERICAN FILM INSTITUTE LISTS
* AFI\'s 100 Years...100 Thrills - Nominated * AFI\'s 10 Top 10 - Nominated Gangster Film
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