Director Steven Soderbergh‘s big screen adaptation of Elmore Leonard‘s Out Of Sight was released in June 1998. Written for the screen by Scott Frank, the film was Soderbergh’s first collaboration with George Clooney – the pair would go on to make five other films as director and star, as well as running the production company, Section 8.
A first-rate crime film, Out Of Sight has a brilliant cast which also includes Jennifer Lopez, Ving Rhames, Don Cheadle, Dennis Farina, Steve Zahn, Catherine Keener, Albert Brooks, Luis Guzmán and Michael Keaton reprising his role of Ray Nicolette from Quentin Tarantino‘s Jackie Brown (also an Elmore Leonard adaptation).
At the time of release Jennifer Lopez had starred in a string of movies – the biggest being the hit killer snake pic, Anaconda. She was a successful actress, but far from being a star. Things would change.
Out Of Sight was met with tepid box office, but it was a huge critical hit, and it helped put Lopez on the A-list thanks to her strong performance as Karen Sisco, the cop tasked with arresting Clooney’s escaped bank robber.
Budgeted at $48 million, Out Of Sight grossed $37.5 million at the US box office and $77.7 million worldwide.