Dir. Steven Soderbergh, 1998
35 MM

A career bank robber breaks out of jail, and shares a moment of mutual attraction with a U.S. Marshal he has kidnapped. Presented by programmer and film critic Bob Koehler. 

Programmer: Bob Koehler

Robert Koehler is a novelist, film critic and programmer living in Palm Desert. He regularly contributes to Cinema Scope, Cineaste, Cuadernos de Cine and DGA Quarterly magazines, as well as the websites Con Los Ojos Abiertos and Film Journey. His blog site,, explores cinema and crime fiction. He has served as director of programming at Film Society of Lincoln Center, AFI Film Festival and the Qingdao (China) International Film Festival project. He has contributed movie and theater criticism and features to Variety, Film Comment, Cahiers du Cinema and the Los Angeles Times.

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Why 'Out Of Sight'?

"Director Steven Soderbergh's and screenwriter Scott Frank's adaptation of Elmore Leonard's superb novel is one of the few triumphant movie adaptations of the late Leonard, a genuine national treasure and one of the great novelists of our time-never mind that nobody can touch him as a master crime novelist. Soderbergh, Frank and the duo of George Clooney and Jennifer Lopez make for a magical combo, like lightning in a bottle. They get Leonard's special attitude of cool that infuses the crime fiction genre with irony, soul and a sharp sense of humor." 

- Bob Koehler