Posted by: Kath Usitalo | January 27, 2011

FILMichigan: Out Of Sight

Lopez and Clooney at the top of the RenCen

Out of Sight: 1998 R rated romantic dramedy with plenty of action, starring George Clooney and Jennifer Lopez with Ving Rhames, Don Cheadle, Dennis Farina and Albert Brooks. Directed by Steven Soderbergh. Oscar nominated screenplay by Scott Frank based on the novel by Elmore “Dutch” Leonard.

If you admire the work of novelist Elmore “Dutch” Leonard, drool over George Clooney and/or Jennifer Lopez, or enjoy seeing Detroit splashed across the screen in all its gritty glory, rent Out of Sight. Leonard likes the Motor City enough to live in the area and borrow characters he’s observed or imagined in the real settings he’s chosen for many of his fictional works.

The same screenwriter who brought Leonard’s “Get Shorty” to the screen adapted this unlikely romantic caper involving an escaped con (Clooney) and a Deputy Federal Marshal (Lopez).

From its opening in Florida to its conclusion in Detroit, there’s no scrimping on Dutch Details—the idiosyncracies and bits of information that make for memorable characters and separate Leonard’s dialogue from that of writers with lesser ears and powers of observation.

Detroit's fist sculpture makes an appearance in the film

The usual suspects, Detroit landmarks including the giant fist sculpture, Renaissance Center and Motown Museum, make the obligatory drive-by appearances.

Kronk Gym—training ground of boxing legends—plus down and out neighborhoods, the State Theater (now the Fillmore) and the Ren Cen hotel have juicier roles.

And did I mention that Clooney and Lopez are sizzling hot?

Out of Sight is a perfect way to warm up a cold winter’s eve.


Related Post: The Day I Saved Elmore Leonard’s Life (March 17, 2010)



  1. I can’t believe I haven’t seen this yet! I’m gonna snuggle up with some wine and cheese (or should I make that Faygo and Better Mades?) this weekend.

    • I’d choose wine and cheese…

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