Angelina Jolie’s ‘lost’ first film will get director’s cut re-release

Angelina Jolie’s first foray into acting was a role given to her by her father and his friends. She was four years old when director Hal Ashby cast her in Lookin’ To Get Out, starring her father Jon Voight, a film that was originally released in 1982. Before Ashby’s death in 1988, he made a director’s cut of the film. The cut was archived at UCLA, and then Ashby’s biographer found it. Ashby’s daughter and Jon Voight were thrilled that the cut was found, and that director’s cut version is about to be released.

Voight gave an interview where he talked up the “lost” film, and even revealed that it was Ashby’s daughter’s favorite film of her father’s, because she believes that the Angelina Jolie character was loosely based on her. Contact Music has more:

Angelina Jolie’s first movie role in a forgotten 1982 comedy is set for release – 17 years after it was made. Jolie was just four when she appeared alongside her actor father Jon Voight in cult Shampoo and Being There director Hal Ashby’s Lookin’ To Get Out, but her part was cut and the film only had a limited release.

Ashby re-cut the film before his death in 1988 and his family and Voight, who starred in the director’s Coming Home, have worked tirelessly to get the new film a release.

Voight, who also co-wrote the film, says, “We had all sorts of drama in the making of it and in the final stages, Hal was not able to finish the film, so there was some damage done to the film and it came out in a crippled form. Unfortunately, nobody saw the film in a proper state.”

The actor had no idea Ashby had re-cut the film – and handed the finished product to film archivists at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). Voight only learned of the existence of the director’s cut when he was approached by Ashby’s biographer Nick Dawson two years ago (07).

Dawson introduced the actor to Lee Ashby McManus – the daughter Ashby never met – and she revealed Lookin’ To Get Out was her favourite film, because she felt sure Jolie’s role at the end of the movie was based on her.

Voight tells, “She said, ‘I think the little girl at the end, who was played by Angelina Jolie… was me.’ I thought about it and I said, ‘It is very possible it was you.’ I remember discussions we had and it was supposed to be a little boy, and Hal wanted a little girl.”

The Oscar winner is thrilled the film will eventually be seen as his director friend intended: “It’s a big deal to me… I like this film very, very much.”

The director’s cut of Lookin’ To Get Out, which also features Ann Margaret and Rocky star Burt Young, will debut at the Sarasota Film Festival in Florida next month (Apr09), ahead of the movie’s DVD release on 20 June (09).

From Contact Music

I’ve seen some older interviewers with Voight where he’s talked about how Lookin’ To Get Out is one of his favorite films. Really though, I wonder if Voight actually remembers much of his career in the 1970s and 1980s. He was a pretty heavy drug abuser, and it wouldn’t surprise me if that part of his career is a blur. Still, seeing Angelina Jolie’s first film performance would be interesting.

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  1. teri says:

    What a cutie.

  2. N.D. says:

    Dates just don’t add up there. If she was 4 years old while making this movie it had to be 1979 not 1982. And 2009 is 27 years from 1982 not 17.

  3. Kaiser says:

    ND – I was wondering about that too, but I think Angelina really was four when they filmed it, and the film was “lost” for a few years (couldn’t find a distributor), then it was released in 1982.

  4. Jacqueline says:

    I find the whole blurb confusing. Agree about the dates too. I sometimes wonder who it was that Voight left Angelina’s mother for (I understand the children were quite young at the time), and also wonder whether ‘that time in her life’ has painful memories for her . . . . .
    She is so sweet in this excerpt. And Voight does seem genuinely adoring of her, his daughter.

  5. Sakota says:

    Well, in Hollywood lying about one’s age is a common thing.

  6. geronimo says:

    Hmm. Odd. Either the film itself took 3/4 yrs to make (unlikely but not impossible) or, as you say, kaiser, it sat around for a few years before being released. But she really doesn’t sound older than 4 here.

  7. anna says:

    Damn, Shiloh looks like her.

  8. Tereza says:

    I hear you, Anna. Her and Shiloh look so much alike.

  9. michellle says:

    I thought Shiloh looked like BP, now I understand why people claim she looks like JV.

    Cute, but I’d never have thought the girl in the clip was AJ. Just shows how much people can change w/ age.

  10. lol says:

    oh my… cute! and shes blond like shiloh. who would have thought that that sweet little girl will grw up wild, sexy,beautiful and now become one of the most famous hollywood stars and become a mother of beautiful rainbow kids!

  11. Patty says:

    That was cute. She has been acting for a long time.

  12. spiceee says:

    Oh my…she was so cute!!!

  13. peasout says:

    IMDB says the movie was filmed in 1980 but not released until 1982. Jolie was born on June 5th, 1975 therefore, if this was filmed anywhere between Jan.1st – June 4th, 1980, she would definitely have been 4 years old at the time.

  14. Maritza says:

    Wow and I thought Shiloh looked like her dad but I was so wrong she is identical as her mother. So cute!

  15. lol says:

    Las vegass, nevada..

    hahahaha! her voice so cute!