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Lookin' to Get Out (1982)

Two gamblers must leave New York City after one loses a lot of money. Doing what all gamblers in trouble would do, they hurry to the gambling capital Las Vegas to turn their luck around.

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Hal Ashby

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Jon Voight ... Alex Kovac
Ann-Margret ... Patti Warner
Burt Young ... Jerry Feldman
Bert Remsen ... Smitty
Jude Farese Jude Farese ... Harry (as Jude Ferrese)
Allen Keller Allen Keller ... Joey
Richard Bradford ... Bernie Gold
Stacey Pickren Stacey Pickren ... Rusty - The Red-Headed Hooker
Samantha Harper ... Lillian - Jerry's Ex-Wife
Fox Harris Fox Harris ... Harvey - The Elevator Operator
Marcheline Bertrand ... Girl in Jeep
Clyde Kusatsu ... Parking Attendant - Gets the China Speech
Larry Flash Jenkins ... Parking Attendant - Brings Up the Car (as Larry 'Flash' Jenkins)
Roger Rook Roger Rook ... Poker Player
Bill Borsella Bill Borsella ... Poker Player
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Storyline

Two gamblers must leave New York City after one loses a lot of money. Doing what all gamblers in trouble would do, they hurry to the gambling capital Las Vegas to turn their luck around. Written by Melissa Portell <mportell@s-cwis.unomaha.edu>

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Taglines:

What they're doing is insane, immoral... and working!

Genres:

Comedy

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for language and some nudity | See all certifications »
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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

30 June 1983 (Australia) See more »

Also Known As:

Aventura em Las Vegas See more »

Filming Locations:

Nevada, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$17,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$528,559, 10 October 1982

Gross USA:

$946,461
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (extended)

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Jon Voight was not originally going to appear in the film. While working on the second draft of the script with Al Schwartz, it dawned upon Voight to take the part of Alex in the film. Previously, the movie's two writers had struggled to find the right actor to cast in the role of Alex. Voight said: "I never really thought I'd write the role for myself. But I kind of protected myself by writing a part I thought I could play." See more »

Alternate Versions

An extended version of the film was released on DVD on June 30, 2009. It runs 15 minutes longer than the theatrical cut, at 120 minutes. See more »

Soundtracks

Lookin' to Get Out
Music & Lyrics by Johnny Mandel, George Doering & Jo Ellen Doering
Sung by Tommie Lee Bradley, David Palmer, Paul Delf, Mark Burger
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Nothing but Enjoyable
1 June 2010 | by Rodrigo_AmaroSee all my reviews

"Lookin' to Get Out" is directed by Hal Ashby one of the most original and underrated directors of all time, but the 1970's was his best decade directing classics like "Being There" and "Harold and Maude". In the 1980's his final decade he release minor works and then died in 1988. In 1982 he directed this film written by Jon Voight about two gamblers trying to get away of trouble after one of them lose a lot of money on a bet.

Alex (Voight) and Jerry (Burt Young) go to Las Vegas and they pretend to be friends of Bernie Gold (Richard Bradford) the owner of a hotel casino and enjoy a high class hotel suite and have some fun. But Harry (Jude Farese) the guy who Jerry owes money is trying to find them. And also there's time to see some old friends like Patti (Ann-Margret) a prostitute who was romantically involved with Jerry, now living with Bernie and her daughter (Angelina Jolie, very little making her first appearance on films).

It's a comedy with two lost characters running away of trouble and creating another ones. It's very different from any other works from Ashby, it's empty, pointless, easy to follow in some parts, and no great acting. But it's enjoyable to watch and more easy to follow than "Shampoo" (great film but so many confusing and long considering that is a comedy). But compared to "Harold and Maude" this is a disappointment.

What makes this film good is Burt Young who has a great and funny character, finally he made something so likable as much as Polly in the "Rocky" series. His best joke in the movie is ask Jon Voight's character every time she sees a smiling woman if she's a hooker. Voight, by the way, has a few good scenes, most of the time his shouting his lines and being annoying with his partner.

Entertaining in some strange level, but if you expect clever humor, interesting lines or a original plot stay away of it because you won't find it here. 9/10


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