Re: RARA-AVIS: Books into film

A.N.Smith (
Wed, 15 Sep 1999 07:17:34 -0500

> I thought that Out of Sight was the best adaptation of Elmore Leonard I
> have seen so far. This has always been a sticky point with me. I have
> loved just about every one of his novels, but the film versions of Mr.
> Majestyk, 52 Pickup, Stick, etc, have left me cold. Get Shorty was good,
> but Out of Sight was the book come to life.

I think it worked well because the director approached this work as more sophisticated than most movie people do Leonard's work. That's why Get Sorty was so slapstick--in your face. The humor in Out of Sight came more naturally, which is how Leonard says it should come in the writing, too. The situations and dialogue must be approached deadpan for the humor to really work.

Neil Smith Plots With Guns

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