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, Rovi
PG-13 (adult situations/language)
Comedy , Drama
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Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment

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Walter Matthau
as Charlie
Brent Spiner
as Godwyn
Donald O'Connor
as Jonathan
Edward Mulhare
as Carswell
Rue McClanahan
as Mrs. Carruthers
Allan Rich
as Sebastian
Estelle Harris
as Bridget
Leon Singer
as Willie
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
Frank Patton
as Dealer
Rod Phillips
as Julian
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
Michelle Elkin
as Showgirl
Sharon Ferguson
as Showgirl
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
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Critic Reviews for Out to Sea

All Critics (21) | Top Critics (5)

Sporadically engaging.

December 31, 1999
USA Today
Top Critic

The desperately overboard coming-attractions clip suggests something like Speed 0: Bladder Control--so it's a relief that this film's own seamanly "action" finale involves nothing more adventurous than shooting off a flare.

Full Review… | September 5, 2009
Boston Phoenix

A delightful comedy.

March 4, 2006

The Matthau-Lemmon magic still works in this later-in-their-careers comedy.

August 13, 2005

Even the combined talents of Matthau and Lemmon can't save this sinking ship.

August 7, 2002
Juicy Cerebellum

Sometimes, even seemingly hopeless films can prove better than one has any reason to expect.

Full Review… | December 31, 1999
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Audience Reviews for Out to Sea


Wish it were better but the last offering from this comedy team still is better than most....just not even close to there best.

bill secor
bill secor

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.

Steve Thomas
Steve Thomas

Young viewers have rejected this one, anyone pre-Star Wars might appreciate it. The movie is amusing. Has numerous genuine stars in the cast including Jack Lemmon, Walter Matthau, Donald O'Conner, Dyan Cannon, Gloria DeHaven and many more of the silver screen. Not for most RT members, this film has relevance to the older members that remember something before Pirates of the Carribean. [img]http://xfinitytv.comcast.net/api/entity/thumbnail/8455429287523262112/640/320[/img] "Compulsive gambler Charlie Gordon, hiding out from his various bookies and loan sharks, cons his close friend and brother-in-law, widower Herb Sullivan, whose recently deceased wife, Susie Gordon-Sullivan, was Charlie's sister, into an all expenses-paid luxury Holland America cruise. The catch, which Charlie does not reveal to Herb until the ship has left port, is that they are required to work as dance hosts and must sleep in a cramped cabin in the bowels of the ship."--wikipedia [img]http://www.dreamagic.com/vivianrose/outToSea.gif[/img] It's strange and sad to see Hal Linden outrank in the credits over Donald O'Conner. Linden can't carry O'Conner's jock strap in this movie or anything HE ever made. SEE the entire movie here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_kr1wIM19ms 50% It's kind of like Grumpy Old Men on a cruise ship with some dancing. These two were very likable guys and it's good to see them in another old people... [img]http://data1.whicdn.com/images/26446816/thumb.jpg[/img] When they were then, Jack Lemmon left, Walter Mattaeu, right NOTES: 1 The movie received an unenthusiastic review from Janet Maslin in the New York Times. She described the film as a "weak but genial romp." [it made $30 million, Janet] Jack Lemmon - Herbert "Herb"/"Herbie" Sullivan Walter Matthau - Charles "Charlie" Gordon, Herb's friend and brother-in-law, the surviving brother of Herb's recently deceased wife Susie Gordon-Sullivan. Dyan Cannon - Liz LaBreche Donald O'Connor - Jonathan Devereaux Gloria DeHaven - Vivian Hal Linden - Mac Valor Brent Spiner - Gil Godwin, a tyrannical Cruise director, who pines to be promoted to Vice president. Elaine Stritch - Mavis LaBreche, Liz's mother Edward Mulhare - Cullen Carswell Rue McClanahan - Ellen Carruthers [img]http://www.junketproductions.com/images/tl-out-to-sea.png[/img] Dancing got them on board for free Directed by Martha Coolidge Produced by John Davis David T. Friendly Written by Robert Nelson Jacobs Music by Michael Muhlfriedel David Newman Cinematography Lajos Koltai Editing by Anne V. Coates Studio Davis Entertainment Distributed by 20th Century Fox Release dates July 2, 1997 Running time 109 minutes Country United States Language English Box office $30,716,901 [img]http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/thumb/5/54/Out_to_sea_poster.jpg/220px-Out_to_sea_poster.jpg[/img]

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