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ABOUT THE PRODUCTION

“Whoever has the money has the power.”
-- Gary Spargo

How can a man whose damaged mind can’t remember how to make dinner put the screws to a ruthless gang of bank robbers? From writer/director Scott Frank (OUT OF SIGHT) comes THE LOOKOUT, an inventive and moving new riff on the crime thriller with a most unusual person at its center: Chris Pratt (Joseph Gordon-Levitt), a night janitor who, in the wake of a traumatic car accident, suffers from a leaky memory and an unreliable sense of self that makes even everyday situations challenging . . . and changes everything when he finds himself swept up in a bold, multimillion dollar bank heist.

Frank’s captivating tale revolves not only around the crime but around the alternately heartbreaking and exhilarating re-emergence of Chris Pratt, who was once a Golden Boy athletic hero in his small midwestern town. Chris had it all – a beautiful girlfriend, a well-heeled family and a shining future. But after a serious accident, Chris has found himself in a strange new world where the most basic things seem to fall through holes in his memory and nothing quite makes sense. Unable to make it on his own, he lives with his mentor in navigating this surreal life – the wisecracking, fiercely independent blind man, Lewis (Jeff Daniels). For a job, Chris sweeps the floor at the bank, waiting for his halted life to come unstuck.

Things suddenly shift when he meets Gary Spargo (Matthew Goode), an old school acquaintance and street philosopher who begins to revive Chris’ shattered confidence, even helping him find a girlfriend – albeit a stripper named Luvlee Lemons (Isla Fisher). But Gary has bigger plans, and when he recruits Chris into his grand plan to rob the bank where he works, Chris appears to be in way over his damaged head.

As the bank heist unravels into chaos, both Chris’ uncertain future and even more importantly Lewis’ survival are on the line. Now, it is up to this young outcast who can’t always think straight to figure out how to outwit and take down his manipulators . . . his own way.

Filled with riveting performances, THE LOOKOUT marks the directorial debut of Scott Frank, the Oscar®-nominated writer of the acclaimed crime drama OUT OF SIGHT (based on the Elmore Leonard novel), whose credits also include LITTLE MAN TATE, GET SHORTY, MINORITY REPORT and THE INTERPRETER. The producers are Walter F. Parkes, Laurence Mark, Roger Birnbaum, and Gary Barber; the executive producers are Laurie MacDonald, Becki Cross Trujillo, and Jonathan Glickman. The film stars Joseph Gordon-Levitt (“3rd Rock From the Sun”), Jeff Daniels (THE SQUID AND THE WHALE), Matthew Goode (MATCH POINT), Isla Fisher (WEDDING CRASHERS) and Carla Gugino (NIGHT AT THE MUSEUM).

The behind-the-scenes talent includes cinematographer Alar Kivilo (A SIMPLE PLAN, THE ICE HARVEST), editor Jill Savitt (REVELATIONS, STIR OF ECHOES), production designer David Brisbin (THE EXORCISM OF EMILY ROSE), costume designer Abram Waterhouse (“Category 6: Day of Destruction”) and six-time Academy Award®-nominated composer James Newton Howard (BLOOD DIAMOND).

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A THRILLER DRIVEN BY EMOTION: SCOTT FRANK PLOTS THE LOOKOUT
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