While researching the new biography of the great film director/editor Hal Ashby, Being Hal Ashby: Life of a Hollywood Rebel, Nick Dawson discovered this director's cut of Ashby's 1982 film Lookin' to Get Out. Burt Young and Jon Voight (who co-wrote the script) star in this beautiful losers story of gambler's scams, loyalty, and human nature. If you don't like Ashby's films from the 1970's (Harold and Maude, Coming Home, Being There, The Last Detail, Shamfuckingpoo...) you might as well pack up your spaceship and return to whatever planet you came from. His later films have often been referred to as his decline - tonight we have a chance to see the work of a genius before the studio re-cut his film into the version we know today. Jon Voight will be there as well as co-star Ann Margret and the great cinematographer Haskell Wexler. Nick Dawson will also be there with the new biography. This is the first time Lookin' to Get Out: The Director's Cut will be shown in a theater and it will be released on DVD the same day. Go to the UCLA Film and Television Archives for tickets.

Monday, June 29 at 7:30 p.m.

Billy Wilder Theater
Courtyard Level, Hammer Museum
10899 Wilshire Boulevard
Los Angeles, CA 90024

(picture from Hal Ashby's cameo in Harold and Maude)

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