Subject: I have found a DVD that I think you would enjoy
|Lookin' to Get Out |
Actors: Jon Voight, Ann-Margret, Burt Young, Angelina Jolie, Samantha Harper
Genres: Comedy, Drama, Mystery & Suspense
Studio: Warner Home Video Release Date: 05/26/2009
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Emer Foley | California | 06/24/2009
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Smash and Grab
This movie influenced Tarantino along with "Eight Million Ways to Die". The last couple of movies by Hal Ashby were swept under the carpet but both broke new ground in depicting the quirky underworld characters that would, just a little bit later, become so hip in Hollywood. Ashby, like Peckinpah, was a wild maverick but I can't wait to see his director's cut and if you've never seen this you're in for a real treat."
After Nick Dawson's Biography
Kevin Killian | San Francisco, CA United States | 01/04/2010
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I read Nick Dawson's biography of Hal Ashby and admired the young Scottish biographer's attempt to make sense out of the mad rush of US life in the 50s, 60s, and 70s. What a challenge, and in the book he announces that he has uncovered, with the help of Ashby's daughter, Ashby's own cut of LOOKIN TO GET OUT in the UCLA film archives. He made the movie sound so good I pre-ordered the thing on Amazon and counted the days till it appeared. So this is all your fault, Mr. Dawson! In this case, I'm terribly grateful, because I too had heard the stories of how awful GET OUT was and if you hadn't been so persuasive I wouldn't have given the picture a first chance, much less a second.
We watched it on New Years Day, and it was a good way to begin what I hope will be a much better year than last year. Ashby's direction is topnotch and from the beginning he establishes a mood and atmosphere that carries the movie in a rather different direction than the Vegas Vacation sort of caper movie I had written it off as. The movie is like something Robert Altman might have made in his heyday, and Jon Voight and Burt Young excel as hardcore loser gamblers who can't keep a twenty dollar bill in their wallets. In their Morningside Heights apartment life is so squalid that we were reminded forcible of Voight and Dustin Hoffman in Midnight Cowboy. In fact the whole movie is like Midnight Cowboy + The Sting, is you can picture that. Then they have to go to Las Vegas; this part of the setup seemed awfully forced but once they got to the MGM Grand, the movie starts to improve in innumerable ways.
For one thing Ann-Margret's there, and she used to be involved with Voight way back when (six years ago) and we hear she has a five year old daughter, and I'm a sucker for any movie that makes me do the math of pregnancy. Patricia (Ann-Margret) is being kept by the manager of the hotel, slick Bernie Gold, and again based on the average caper movie you wouldn't think you would like this character but the actor, and the writing, makes him strangely sympathetic. I would have liked a whole movie based on this guy, he's a real cool cat.
Speaking of cool cats we get tiny glimpses not only of Angelina Jolie, but of Siegfried and Roy! Very eerie! Anyhow if you like the old, slapdash, ragged narratives that Ashby (and a packl of other talented US directors) used to present us in the golden age of the New American Cinema, get ready for another fantastic addition to that list of great pictures. Again my thanks to Nick Dawson for the tip.
Holy Cow!!!! You're All So Very Very Lucky!!! You All Hit
Bernie Gold | Houston, TX USA | 08/08/2009
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Wow. I cannot believe this came out on DVD. For years it has been in my Top 5 movies. I have bought, collected, and coveted many copies of the CBS/Fox VHS version so I would never be without it. I assumed, because of the weak (and completely wrong) reviews and box office performance of the film that it would never be released on DVD. I'm so glad it has been, and I cannot wait to see Hal Ashby's cut.
With all due respect to the Editor at Amazon, Jon Voight's character is anything but "unlikeable, vague, and incoherent". Alex Kovac is intense. He lives hard, he loves hard, he plays hard, he is incapable of modulation. He loves his friend, Jerry Feldman more than himself. There's a great tiny little action that takes place in the apartment in NYC before they go to Vegas. I've never forgotten it, and I'm sure it was not written into the script. Alex has been up all night playing poker and has explained to Jerry how he went through tens of thousands of dollars between the track and the race track. The scene is a riot for anyone who has ever gambled on a fairly big level. It is beautifully done, but what makes it absolutely perfect for me, is when his friend has just gone through the ups and downs and finally the big downer from hearing the result of the loss and debt of a lot of money they need to come up with, Voight's character tells Jerry that he's exhausted, that he's been up all night, and "Let's go get some breakfast." And then he gives the little unwritten touch of cinematic magic... he gently pats his friend on the back. The gesture is huge. It says, "I know I've done us a great disservice by losing all this money. I'm sorry. I love you. I'll not let you down. Please don't be disappointed in me because I'll be devastated." I'm sure I'm the only one who has paid such close attention to the gesture, but to me as a hopeful screenwriter, it's beautiful.
This film was originally marketed terribly. The movie poster is so misleading it's tragic. This isn't a film about gambling. It's a movie about friendship, and the depths real friends will go to in order to stay friends. There are some great pieces of dialog in this movie. Burt Young confides to Ann Margaret about Voight's character, "If you're in a jam, he's a great guy to have around. The problem is he's probably the reason you're in a jam in the first place." Brilliant. And the scene in the casino, where Jerry Feldman tells Richard Bradford, who should have been nominated for a supporting role as "Bernie Gold", the very intimidating owner of the casino, "I understand you, Mr. Gold. He doesn't, but he's my friend and you take the good with the bad." Hearing those words brings Voight out of his greed induced stupor, and he looks at the big boss and quietly asks him, "Did you hear that?" And then they leave. So amazingly great. Also great is Voight's reaction at the end as Ann Margaret looks at him as he and Jerry are leaving. Voight can't even say anything he's so moved. He simply holds up his hand. His emotions are so strong he chooses to just not say anything. That is perfect in keeping with his character. I doubt that was written into the script either.
I want to mention Richard Bradford (Bernie Gold) and Bert Remsen (Smitty Carpenter). As you can all see, I've been using the Bernie Gold character as my User ID for as long as I've been using a computer. How The Academy missed these two performances is beyond me. Bradford plays Gold so complex in this film. He's strong, intimidating, sure of himself, and but extremely weak where Ann Margaret is concerned. I absolutely love the Bernie Gold character. And Remsen as the has-been blackjack player, his performance I believe was the best of his long illustrious career.
Here's my long and short review... This is the best movie about friendship I have ever seen, and I am a real movie buff with an insatiable appetite for movies. I am so thrilled that all of you are going to be able to see this now, and it will clearly flow better with the additional footage, as the great director wanted people to see it. Ignore all previous reviews. You've all hit the jackpot."
Patrick J. Mcdonald | Chicago, IL | 07/13/2009
(4 out of 5 stars)
"I love this movie. I have never seen Jon Voight like this and Burt Young is just great. I love the ending. Hers's a toast to Hal Ashby non-conformist who never made a bad fim (Haorld and Maude, Shampoo, Coming Hime, Being There and now his version of Lookin to Get Out.) Hal told Ann-Margret to unplay her role nd reveala her deep wounds by her eyes and face against these two other crazy characters. At 42, she is an ablsolute knockout-- just a gorgoeous woman who proves again that she can hold her own against the best. Here's you Hal, RIP."