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Lookin' to Get Out (Extended Version) (2009)

Jon Voight , Ann-Margret  |  R |  DVD
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)

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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.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: Warner Home Video
  • DVD Release Date: June 30, 2009
  • Run Time: 120 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001TK80CK
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #131,521 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Lookin' to Get Out (Extended Version)" on IMDb

Special Features

  • New interview with Jon Voight and co-screenwriter Al Schwartz
  • Theatrical trailer

Editorial Reviews

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

Product Description

Losing a fortune at a poker table in New York, gamblers Jon Voight and Burt Young retreat to Las Vegas, on the run from the thugs they owe and hoping their luck will change--fast! Will they get help running a new scam once they bump into Voight's gorgeous ex-girlfriend (Ann-Margret)? This "director's cut" of Hal Ashby's ("Being There") fast-paced comedy thriller includes footage not seen in theaters. Bert Remsen, Jude Farese, and a 6-year-old Angelina Jolie (Voight) in her film debut co-star. 120 min. Widescreen (Enhanced); Soundtrack: English Dolby Digital mono; Subtitles: English (SDH), French; interview; theatrical trailer.

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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars After Nick Dawson's Biography 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
5.0 out of 5 stars Forgotten Masterpiece 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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5.0 out of 5 stars Lookin' to Get Out 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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5.0 out of 5 stars Stylish production frames a unique comedy 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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2.0 out of 5 stars Two Stars July 2, 2014
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5.0 out of 5 stars Las Vegas Comedy March 28, 2014
1982 saw the release of Lookin' To Get Out. luckily I got to see it in the theatre. Ann-Margret stars as a woman with an ex-boyfriend who's a loser, who's trying to win in the casino. Perhaps a true side of Las Vegas at the time.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Lookin' to Get Out (Extended Version) August 28, 2012
By Peace
This was a good movie thanks to all the actors and especially Ann Maragret. Her costars also went on to do other big movies but it was good to see them in this role.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Most fun movie to watch! March 29, 2010
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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Most Recent Customer Reviews
2.0 out of 5 stars Better Left in the Archives
This movie, with the 2009 re-release of the original director's cut, promises to be a lost treasure. The promise isn't kept. Read more
Published 10 months ago by Jet Cetera
4.0 out of 5 stars Product review
A fleeting appearance of Angelina Joile, not my typical pick, bit boring well a lot boring but good quality couldn't get this DVD anywhere else
Published 18 months ago by missie66
5.0 out of 5 stars At last the final one
This is Angelina Jolie's first movie in which she is a childhood actress, and completes my collection of her movies up to date. Great product. Quick delivery. Thank you very much
Published on October 27, 2011 by OK on Films
5.0 out of 5 stars Yes, a winner..
The Midnight Cowboy rides again.. I liked the diversity of character here, between the old waiter they got to gamble for them, the hotel owner 'Bernie Goldman', whose presence... Read more
Published on November 16, 2010 by Green Manalishi
4.0 out of 5 stars Flick Worth Re-Evaluation
One of my stated goals in life is to resucitate films that were considered dogs in their day. "Heaven's Gate" in it's untruncated version is a pretty good flick. Read more
Published on August 23, 2009 by David Baldwin
5.0 out of 5 stars Holy Cow!!!! You're All So Very Very Lucky!!! You All Hit The...
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... Read more
Published on August 8, 2009 by Bernie Gold
3.0 out of 5 stars OK, I guess
I never saw the original release cut of this film so I can't compare the two. This film is decent but it didn't do much for me. Read more
Published on August 6, 2009 by Christopher
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