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LOOKIN TO GET OUT:DIRECTORS CUT - DVD Movie

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The Oscar-winning film-editor-turned-director Hal Ashby had an undeniable hot streak in the 1970s: from Harold and Maude to The Last Detail, from Shampoo to Coming Home, Ashby's ragged style and politically-aware attitude were all over movie theaters. Thanks to some combination of bad luck and personal demons, Ashby hit the wall as the '80s began--which is when he embarked on Lookin' to Get Out, a barely-released Vegas comedy. Based on a script co-written by Ashby's Coming Home star, Jon Voight, the film follows two hustling buddies (Voight and Burt Young) as they scramble to raise funds to pay off a gambling debt. They get comped a fancy suite when Young gets mistaken for an old pal of the hotel owner, but will their good luck hold when they stake a gifted blackjack player (Bert Remsen in rare form) to a run in the casino? Adding spice is Ann-Margret, as a former Voight flame who just happens to be the current girlfriend of the hotel magnate. (Footnote to film history: her daughter is played by a very young Angelina Jolie, Voight's real-life daughter, in her film debut.) The set-up is unremarkable, but the film is distinguished by a couple of factors. One is that in the early sequences, Ashby and cinematographer Haskell Wexler capture a splendidly gritty urban feel that links this movie to the American cinema of the 1970s. The other is the sheer unlikability of Voight's character and performance. It's one thing to offer a self-destructive exploiter who serves as a kind of anti-hero, and quite another to give him a vague, incoherent reading that dribbles away into Cassavetes-like floundering right before your eyes. Bizarre. The film's DVD release is a significantly altered version from the movie that flopped in 1982; Ashby had re-cut the picture and donated it to UCLA before he died in 1988, and that previously-unseen (even by Voight) cut is immortalized here. It's an interesting, oddball movie, the kind of thing that could only have been brought off, and indulged, by Hal Ashby. --Robert Horton

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  • New interview with Jon Voight and co-screenwriter Al Schwartz
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  • Actors: Jon Voight, Ann-Margret, Burt Young, Angelina Jolie, Samantha Harper
  • Format: Color, Director's Cut, Widescreen, Subtitled, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 1.0)
  • Subtitles: English, French
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: Warner Home Video
  • DVD Release Date: June 30, 2009
  • Run Time: 120 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001TK80CK
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #109,197 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Kevin Killian HALL OF FAME on January 3, 2010
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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.
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8 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Kindle Customer on June 24, 2009
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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.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By David A. Greene on July 5, 2009
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Jon Voigt described the initial theatrical release of "Lookin to Get Out" as a crippled version. The studio had apparently demanded that Ashby's film be shortened by fifteen minutes. He and many others involved with the film felt that it could not be made to work properly at that length. I saw this version when it was first released with no notion of this problem. I was actually rather shocked at the negative reaction it got from many critics.

The most exciting thing about it, beside its unusual mix of comedy, suspense and drama, is the abundance of really intense, convincing acting by the principals as well as such supporting players as Bert Remsen and Richard Bradford. One feels that the film not only comes close to the feeling of some of the best titles from Robert Altman, but often feels like some of the finer improvisational work in the films of John Cassavetes. There is an overriding atmosphere of suspense as the characters flee from dangerous characters to whom their reckless gambling has placed them seriously in debt. It is a comedy, but never a light, frothy, trivial one.

I have wondered if perhaps the glitzy "Vegas" look of the opening credits sequence might have skewed the reviewers' preconception about the sort of picture they were seeing. It has too often been the case that mistaken expectations about a film can severely distort one's perception of the whole thing. Personally, I interpreted the opening as a visualization of that flashy casino world that loomed so large in the misguided dreams of the central characters.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Samuel H. on May 23, 2013
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Look at all of the stars in this movie! you will swear you are lookin' at the sky! And the setting is Las Vegas!
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What a fascinating minor gem from a favorite era! From Midnight Cowboy through Taxi Driver and The Gambler to Cruising, those certain films made between 1969 and 1980 capture the sublime poetry of the profane underbelly unlike anything created before or after. Another window into that restless searching and left-handed salvation seeking in the alluring underground of sex, drugs, gambling, '70s style, this lesser known artifact is an awesome find for those who know what I'm talking about. Plus I couldn't stop laughing right along with Voight's demented character as they spiralled down, like having the giggles at a funeral. Burt Young, bro! Ann-f'ing-Margret! Sweet sh_t.
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I am so happy to see that other's loved this film. When I saw the poor reviews the film got by the critics origninally, well I was just doubting myself. How could this be? What did I see at the time that the critics didn't? Perhaps I was a bit naive! Wrong. This film is ever so much the film I remembered seeing and plus with the addition of stupendous reviews it makes my sense of film stand up on its own. When I have work again I will definitely be back to get this DVD.
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