Lookin' to Get Out

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Lookin' to Get Out
Lookin to get out.jpg
Promotional movie poster for the film
Directed byHal Ashby
Written byAl Schwartz
Jon Voight
Produced byAndrew Braunsberg
Robert Schaffel
Edward Teets
CinematographyHaskell Wexler
Edited byRobert C. Jones
Music byMiles Goodman
Johnny Mandel
John Beal
Distributed byParamount Pictures
Release date
  • October 8, 1982 (1982-10-08) (United States)
Running time
105 minutes
CountryUnited States
Box office$946,461[2]

Lookin’ to Get Out is a 1982 American comedy film directed by Hal Ashby and written by Al Schwartz and Jon Voight, who also stars. The film also stars Ann-Margret and Burt Young. Voight's daughter, Angelina Jolie, then seven years old, makes her acting debut.[3]


Alex Kovac, playing poker in New York City, drops $10,000 to gamblers Joey and Harry that he can't pay back. Alex persuades pal Jerry Feldman to hop on a plane to Las Vegas with him and try to win $10,000 to pay off the debt.

Finding out that a similarly named Jerry Feldman is a regular there, Jerry is comped $10,000 by the casino, no questions asked. A room and other perks go along with the comp. A waiter named Smitty, an old acquaintance of Alex's, is an expert card-counter, so he is staked to a high-limit blackjack game by the guys.

Patti Warner, a former girlfriend of Alex's, is now the mistress of the casino's boss. Their mutual attraction returns, but trouble follows after a $500,000 victory at the tables, not only from the casino but from Joey and Harry, who have come to Vegas looking to get their money or get even.


Voight's seven-year old daughter, Angelina Jolie (credited as Angelina Jolie Voight) made her acting debut[3] by briefly appearing as Voight's character's daughter (Tosh Kovac) near the end of the movie.


The film was Voight's screenwriting debut.[3]

After initial delays,[3] the film started principal photography in May 1980.[1] Production was interrupted for five months due to an actors' strike.[1][3]

Director Ashby had notorious bouts with the studio and recut the film for himself before it was taken from his hands and recut by the studio. Years later, while speaking at the University of Southern California, Jon Voight discovered that the version of the film which had been shown to the students was not the theatrical version but instead Ashby's original cut (which was considered lost). This was brought to the attention of Warner Home Video who released the Ashby Director's Cut on DVD on June 30, 2009.

Filming took place in Las Vegas, including the MGM Grand Las Vegas[3] and Variety noted in their review the "shameless plugging for the MGM leisure palace and its entertainment shows (particularly Siegfried & Roy's magic acts)."[1]


The film was initially due to be released by United Artists but Lorimar's deal with UA expired before the film was released and Paramount Pictures acquired the film as part of a package to distribute Lorimar product.[1][3]

The film received poor reviews.[3] Variety called it "an ill-conceived vehicle for actor (and cowriter) Jon Voight to showcase his character comedy talents in a loose, semi improvised environment."[1] They noted that "Voight and Young are an entertaining team, but presented in an untenable vehicle".[1]

The film was released on October 8, 1982 in 850 theaters and due to its poor performance, Lorimar made a $6.2 million write-off.[3]


  1. ^ a b c d e f g Lor. (October 5, 1982). "Lookin' To Get Out". Daily Variety. Retrieved 2009-07-21.
  2. ^ https://www.boxofficemojo.com/movies/?id=lookintogetout.htm
  3. ^ a b c d e f g h i Lookin' to Get Out at the American Film Institute Catalog

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