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Out of Reach is a 2004 American action film directed by Po-Chih Leong, written by Trevor Miller, and starring Steven Seagal and Ida Nowakowska. The film was released on direct-to-DVD in the United States on July 20, 2004. Seagal plays William Lansing, a former covert agent turned survivalist, tracking a human trafficking ring and trying to rescue his pen pal, a thirteen-year-old orphan from Poland whom he has taught to use secret codes.

Out of Reach
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DVD cover
Directed byPo-Chih Leong
Produced by
  • Frank Hildebrand
  • James A. Holt
  • Jeanna Polley
  • Elie Samaha
Written byTrevor Miller
Music byAlex Heffes
CinematographyRichard Crudo
Edited byChris Blunden
Distributed byColumbia TriStar Home Entertainment
Release date
  • July 20, 2004 (2004-07-20)
Running time
86 minutes
CountryUnited States
Budget$20 million[citation needed]



Vietnam veteran and retired CSA agent William Lansing works on a wildlife refuge in Northern Alaska, and has been exchanging letters in a pen-pal relationship with Irena Morawska, a 13-year-old orphaned girl in Warsaw, Poland that he's helping out financially. When the letters suddenly stop coming, Lansing heads to Poland to figure out the reason. He discovers that the orphanage that Irena was staying in, which is financed by honest – and unsuspecting – good intentioned Samaritans, is a front for a human trafficking syndicate run by a notorious crime boss and freelance terrorist named Faisal.

The operation is worth billions and all the girls are sold and traded to the highest bidders from all over the world. Through his letters to Irena, Lansing has taught Irena how to use secret codes, which she uses to keep him updated on where Faisal is taking her to. Lansing stays on Faisal's trail, teaming up with Polish police detective Kasia Lato to rescue Irena and the other girls, and bring down Faisal's human trafficking network.


  • Steven Seagal as William Lansing
  • Ida Nowakowska as Irena Morawska
  • Agnieszka Wagner as Kasia Lato
  • Matt Schulze as Faisal
  • Krzysztof Pieczynski as Ibo
  • Robbie Gee as Lewis Morton
  • Murat Yilmaz as Azimi
  • Nick Brimble as Mister Elgin
  • Jan Plazalski as Nikki
  • Shawn Lawrence as Agent Shepherd
  • Hanna Dunowska as Rosie
  • Frank Hildebrand as Postmaster
  • Klaudia Jakacka as Petra
  • Jan Janga-Tomaszewski as Uncle Pawel
  • Maria Maj as Mrs. Donata


The film was shot in Warsaw, Mazowieckie, Poland.[1] Production began in August 2003.[2]

For large portions of the movie, Seagal was dubbed over by a voice over artist. So at certain times during the movie he speaks with his own voice, but then at other times with a dubbed voice which can be detected very easily as being dubbed. The reasoning for the dubbing of Seagal and other actors in the film was that changes were made in the storyline after most of the film was already shot.[citation needed]

Home media

Columbia TriStar Home Entertainment released the DVD in Region 1 in the United States on July 20, 2004,[3] and Region 2 in the United Kingdom on August 23, 2004.


Robert Pardi of TV Guide rated it 1/4 stars and wrote, "Seagal's declining career found him making low-rent thrillers like this awkward, European-financed mix of social causes and unconvincing kickboxing sequences".[4] Beyond Hollywood called it the strangest and most unintentionally funny Seagal film, in part due to the dubbing.[5] Carl Davis of DVD Talk rated it 2/5 stars and wrote, "Out of Reach isn't a bad waste of time, but it is a bad waste of talent."[3] Mitchell Hattawa of DVD Verdict called the film too confusing to understand.[6] Daniel Bettridge of The Guardian included the film in his list of Seagal's silliest roles.[7]


  1. ^ "Out of Reach (2004)". Baseline. Retrieved 2015-04-08 – via The New York Times.
  2. ^ Kit, Zorianna (2003-08-11). "Seagal, Schulze 'Reach' for roles.(News)(Steven Seagal, Matt Schulze to star in 'Out of Reach')(Brief Article)". The Hollywood Reporter. Archived from the original on 2015-07-01. Retrieved 2015-04-08 – via Highbeam Research. (Subscription required (help)). Cite uses deprecated parameter |subscription= (help)
  3. ^ a b Davis, Carl (2004-08-03). "Out of Reach". DVD Talk. Retrieved 2015-04-08.
  4. ^ Pardi, Robert. "Out of Reach". TV Guide. Retrieved 2015-04-08.
  5. ^ "Out of Reach (2004) Movie Review". Beyond Hollywood. 2004-07-18. Retrieved 2015-04-08.
  6. ^ Hattaway, Mitchell (2005-04-15). "Out of Reach". DVD Verdict. Archived from the original on 2015-04-13. Retrieved 2015-04-08.
  7. ^ Bettridge, Daniel (2011-04-11). "Steven Seagal's silliest roles". The Guardian. Retrieved 2015-04-08.

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