Out to Sea (1997) - Rotten Tomatoes

Out to Sea (1997)



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A pair of grumpy old men hit the high seas in this comedy. Small-time con man Charlie (Walter Matthau) fast-talks his considerably more straight-laced friend Herb (Jack Lemmon) into joining him for a luxury cruise on an ocean liner headed to the Bahamas. Charlie tells Herb that the trip is free and will be a good way to meet rich widows; both parts are true enough, but Herb doesn't know that Charlie has signed them on as dance hosts (hence the free tickets), and Herb isn't sure if he's ready for romance after the recent death of his wife. As the men struggle with the fact that Herb isn't much of a hoofer (and Charlie can't dance at all) under the strict tutelage of cruise director Godwyn (Brent Spiner), Charlie starts sweet-talking beautiful heiress Liz (Dyan Cannon), while Herb finds a soul mate in Vivian (Gloria DeHaven), who lost her husband not long ago. Out to Sea also stars Elaine Stritch, Hal Linden, Rue McClanahan, and Donald O'Connor, who pulled his dancing shoes out of mothballs for his role. ~ Mark Deming, Rovimore
Rating: PG-13 (adult situations/language)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Directed By:
Written By: Robert Nelson Jacobs
In Theaters:
On DVD: Jun 1, 2004
Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment


Rue McClanahan
as Mrs. Carruthers
Allan Rich
as Sebastian
Goh Misawa
as Tanaka
Kim Blank
as Dance Instructor
Carol Barbee
as Flight Attendant
Dale Raoul
as Sylvia
Lomax Study
as Shapiro
Shaun Toub
as Bettor in Front
Bert Rosario
as Cab Driver
Paul Kievit
as Ship Captain
Henk Ijdens
as Ship Officer
P.D. Mani
as Floor Person
Trevor Denman
as Track Announcer
Bubba Dean Ramob
as Dance Host
Allen Walls
as Dance Host
Laura Canellias
as Ballroom Dancer
Cindera Che
as Ballroom Dancer
Leslie Cook
as Ballroom Dancer
Andre Fortin
as Ballroom Dancer
Dotti Karlstein
as Ballroom Dancer
Albert Torres
as Ballroom Dancer
Diane Mizota
as Showgirl
Bubba Carr
as Showguy
Ronnie Willis
as Showguys
Ungela Brockman
as Mexican Dancer
John R. Corella
as Mexican Dancer
Jaoquin Escamilla
as Mexican Dancer
Eddie Garcia
as Mexican Dancer
Sal Lopez
as Mexican Dancer
U. Lucero
as Mexican Dancer
as Mexican Dancer
Darrel W. Wright
as Mexican Dancer
Thomas DeLuca
as Piano Player
Eddie Garcia
as Mexican Dancer
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Critic Reviews for Out to Sea

All Critics (40) | Top Critics (12)

Sporadically engaging.

January 1, 2000
USA Today
Top Critic

Full Review… | September 7, 2011
Entertainment Weekly
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Full Review… | April 12, 2002
Globe and Mail
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Full Review… | January 1, 2000
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Full Review… | July 2, 1997
Entertainment Weekly
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Full Review… | February 23, 2012
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Audience Reviews for Out to Sea

The last Matthau/Lemmon movie and really great for anyone that likes either.

Sunil Jawahir

Super Reviewer


A funny movie - but a little corny. of course, when I am in my 60's and I'm looking to mack on a rich elderly lady, I might appreciate this movie more. Jack and Walter are funny although this is an obvious capitalization off the "Grumpy Old Man" franchise - yet - we don't care because we love them. Added bonuses Donald O'Connor, Hal Linden, and that actress named Rue who played the vixen on the Golden Girls. I'm too drunk to remember how to spell her name. There's this awesome scene where this 70+ year-old Elaine Stritch blows the sh*t off the dance floor in some tap shoes.


The comedy duo has done it again. This is basically Grumpiest Old Men only with a new supporting cast. The jokes were hysterical in most cases, and the plot was a tad flimsy, but who needs those when you've got two late, great actors in the spotlight? Definitely a movie for your comedy collection.

Jeff Bradford

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