Out of Sight (1998)

Out of Sight (1998)
  • Time: 123 min
  • Genre: Comedy | Crime | Romance
  • Director: Steven Soderbergh
  • Cast: George Clooney, Jennifer Lopez, Ving Rhames, Don Cheadle, Catherine Keener, Steve Zahn, Samuel L. Jackson


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.

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  • There’s a wistful melancholy that permeates the beguilingly bluesy Out of Sight. Directed with renewed confidence by Steven Sodebergh (who faltered slightly after his auspicious debut, sex, lies and videotape a.k.a. the film that jumpstarted the Indie Renaissance), the film does full justice to the Elmore Leonard novel from which it was adapted.

    Leonard’s novels have always made for relatively simple transfers to the big screen. Part of this is due to Leonard’s penchant for conversational dialogue, a rhythm difficult to master. He also lends a gritty glamour to his motley crew of misfits: bounty hunters and arms dealers (Jackie Brown), B-movie stars and strutting sweet talkers (Get Shorty), stigmatic social workers and opportunistic evangelists (Touch). In Out of Sight, we have a rascally bank robber (George Clooney), a va-va-voom Federal Marshal (Jennifer Lopez), and thugs with varying violent tendencies.

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