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 … More

Rating: PG-13 (adult situations/language)
Genre: Drama, Comedy
Directed By:
Written By: Robert Nelson Jacobs
In Theaters:
On DVD: Jun 1, 2004
Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment


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as Jonathan

as Carswell

as Mrs. Carruthers

as Sebastian

as Tanaka

as Dance Instructor

as Flight Attendant

as Sylvia

as Shapiro

as Bettor in Front

as Cab Driver

as Ship Captain

as Ship Officer

as Floor Person

as Track Announcer

as Dance Host

as Dance Host

as Ballroom Dancer

as Ballroom Dancer

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as Ballroom Dancer

as Ballroom Dancer

as Ballroom Dancer

as Showgirl

as Showguy

as Showguys

as Mexican Dancer

as Mexican Dancer

as Mexican Dancer

as Mexican Dancer

as Mexican Dancer

as Mexican Dancer

as Mexican Dancer

as Mexican Dancer

as Piano Player
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Critic Reviews for Out to Sea

All Critics (40) | Top Critics (12)

Sporadically engaging.

January 1, 2000
USA Today
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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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