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Drama - Crime, Drama-Heist

Out of Sight (1998)

Elevator Pitch

A bunch of criminals are in Detroit to rob a financier of his trove of uncut diamonds. They include Jack Foley and his associate Buddy, black former boxer Maurice Miller and two associates, all of them given information by the idiotic Glenn. They are being pursued by US Marshal Karen Sisco. All of them, except for Karen have been in the same prison and Jack and Karen have spent time in a car boot (trunk to you Americans) together during Jack’s escape. Will they get the diamonds, will Jack and Karen get together again, and if things go wrong who will survive?


Jack and Buddy witness one killing in prison, the escape takes place, Jack and Karen get together, since even though Karen Sisco is a marshal, she seems to be attracted to villains, and we see her imagining trysts with him. Karen also spends time with Jack’s ex-wife and deals impressively with other criminals. With an increasing level of tension the robbery is initiated. There is violence including a stabbing, and some gunfire resulting in people being killed. Karen in her underwear a couple of times and some implied sex, also drinking, but no actual nudity.

A View I have to say that I am an Elmore Leonard fan, the films of his books usually including quite a lot of his dialogue, and probably this movie is no exception. It was really good fun and George Clooney and Ving Rhames were a delightful duo. It got 97% on Rotten Tomatoes and had me smiling a lot, but was considered to have tanked. I am thinking of starting an “Underrated” section, and this would be top of the list. It is great stuff.
Duration 2h 3m Rating (UK) 15
Source of story A book of the same name by Elmore Leonard.
Director Steven Soderbergh
Writers/Script Scott Frank
Starring George Clooney, Jennifer Lopez, Ving Rhames, Don Cheadle, Catherine Keener, Dennis Farina, Steve Zahn, Albert Brooks, Luis Guzman, Viola Davis, Nancy Allen
Additional Info Michael Keaton and Samuel L. Jackson appeared in cameos for nothing and were uncredited.


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