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Out of Sight

Director:Steven Soderbergh
Writer:Scott Frank
Director of Photography:Elliot Davis
Editor:Anne Coates
Music:Cliff Martinez
Production Designer:Gary Frutkoff
Producers:Danny DeVito, Michael Shamberg and Stacey Sher
Universal Pictures; R; 120 minutes
Cast:George Clooney, Jennifer Lopez, ing Rhames, Don Cheadle, Dennis Farina, Albert Brooks, Steve Zahn and Isaiah Washington
Based on the novel by Elmore Leonard

George Clooney is, without a doubt, one hot number. But even his most ardent fans have begun to tire of the Doug Ross “ain't I the cutest” mannerisms. In Out of Sight, he's, well, out of sight as breezily charming bank robber Jack Foley who could talk his way out of jail. And he practically does — only to find himself stashed in the trunk of a car with pistol-packing siren Karen Sisco (Lopez), a federal marshall. While she should be thinking about ways to get this bad guy behind bars, she's thinking about ways to get him in bed. Karen's quandary intensifies as the close encounters continue. Foley and partner in crime Buddy (Rhames) head to Detroit, where they plan to rob a former jail mate (Brooks), who's been heard boasting about his fortune in uncut diamonds. That's pretty much the plot, but Out of Sight emerges as the best adaptation of an Elmore Leonard novel, with, as in Get Shorty, hip yet complex performances, a cool tone and a superb supporting cast, including a few surprise cameos. Director Steven Soderbergh, whose last big splash was sex, lies and videotape, proves he can play along just fine with mainstream Hollywood.


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