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Ocean s Eleven is a 2001 American heist comedy film directed by Steven Soderbergh and written by Ted Griffin. The first installment of the Ocean s franchise, it is a remake of the 1960 Rat Pack film of the same name. Ocean s Eleven features an ensemble cast, including George Clooney, Brad Pitt, Matt Damon, Don Cheadle, Andy García, Bernie Mac and Julia Roberts. The story follows friends Danny Ocean (Clooney) and Rusty Ryan (Pitt), who plan a heist of $160 million from casino owner Terry Benedict (García), the lover of Ocean s ex-wife Tess (Roberts).
Upon release, the film was a success at the box office and with critics; it was the fifth highest-grossing film of 2001, with a worldwide gross of $450 million. Soderbergh directed two sequels, Ocean s Twelve in 2004 and Ocean s Thirteen in 2007, which make up the Ocean s Trilogy. Ocean s 8, a spin-off with an all-female lead cast, was released in 2018.
Following his release from prison, Danny Ocean violates his parole by traveling to California to meet his partner-in-crime and friend Rusty Ryan to propose a heist. The two go to Las Vegas to pitch the plan to wealthy friend and former casino owner Reuben Tishkoff. The plan consists of simultaneously robbing the Bellagio, the Mirage, and the MGM Grand casinos. Reuben s familiarity with casino security makes him very reluctant to get involved, but when he starts to think of it as a good way to get back at his rival, Terry Benedict, who owns all three casinos, he agrees to finance the operation. The three men know that the Nevada Gaming Commission requires casinos to have enough cash on hand to cover all their patrons bets and they predict that on the upcoming night of a highly anticipated boxing match, the Bellagio vault will contain more than $150,000,000.
Danny and Rusty recruit eight former colleagues and criminal specialists: Linus Caldwell, Frank Catton, Virgil and Turk Malloy, Basher Tarr, Saul Bloom, Livingston Dell, and The Amazing Yen. Several team members carry out reconnaissance at the Bellagio to learn as much as possible about the security, the routines, the behaviors of the casino staff, and the building itself. Other members create a precise replica of the vault, which is built in order to practice maneuvering through its formidable security systems. During this planning phase, the team discovers that Danny s ex-wife, Tess, is Benedict s girlfriend. Rusty urges Danny to give up on the plan, believing Danny incapable of sound judgment while Tess is involved, but Danny refuses.
On the night of the fight, the plan is put into motion. Danny shows up at the Bellagio purposely to be seen by Benedict, who, as predicted, locks him in a storeroom with Bruiser, a bouncer. However, Bruiser is on Danny s payroll and allows him to access the vent system and join his team as they seize the vault, coincident with activities of their other team members in and around the casino. Rusty calls Benedict on a cell phone Danny dropped in Tess s coat earlier and tells him that unless he lets them have half of the money in the vault, they will blow it up; Benedict sees video footage confirming Rusty s claim. Benedict complies, having his bodyguards take the loaded duffel bags to a waiting van driven by remote control. Benedict has his men follow the van while he calls in a SWAT team to try to secure the vault. The SWAT team s arrival causes a shootout that sets off the explosives and incinerates the remaining cash. After affirming the premises otherwise secure, the SWAT team collects their gear and departs.
As Benedict arrives to examine the ruined vault himself, his men stop the van and find the bags were only loaded with flyers for prostitutes. Benedict studies the video footage and recognizes that the flooring in the vault on the video lacks the Bellagio logo, which had been added only recently to the vault. It is shown that Danny s team used their practice vault to create fake footage to fool Benedict. Furthermore, they themselves were the SWAT team and used their gear bags to take all of the money from the vault right under Benedict s nose. Benedict goes to see that Danny has seemingly been locked up in the storeroom throughout the heist and thus innocent of any involvement. As Tess watches via closed-circuit television, Danny tricks Benedict into saying he would give her up in exchange for the money. Benedict, dissatisfied with Danny s plan to get back the money, orders his men to escort Danny off the premises and inform the police that he is violating his parole by being in Las Vegas. Tess leaves Benedict and exits the hotel just in time to see Danny arrested. The rest of the team bask in the victory in front of the Fountains of Bellagio, silently going their separate ways one-by-one.
When Danny is released after serving time for his parole violation, he is met by Rusty and Tess. They drive off, closely followed by Benedict s bodyguards, whose presence was noted by Rusty as he and Danny approach Rusty s car.
In order of recruitment:
- George Clooney as Danny Ocean, an ex-con who establishes a heist.
- Bernie Mac as Frank Catton, a discredited croupier and con man.
- Brad Pitt as Robert Rusty Ryan, Danny s friend and partner-in-crime.
- Elliott Gould as Reuben Tishkoff, a former casino owner who is Danny s wealthy friend.
- Casey Affleck as Virgil Malloy, a gifted mechanic.
- Scott Caan as Turk Malloy, a gifted mechanic and Virgil s brother.
- Eddie Jemison as Livingston Dell, an electronics and surveillance expert.
- Don Cheadle as Basher Tarr, an explosives expert.
- Shaobo Qin as The Amazing Yen, an acrobat.
- Carl Reiner as Saul Bloom, an elderly con man.
- Matt Damon as Linus Caldwell, a pickpocket that aids Danny.
- Andy Garcia as Terry Benedict, the owner of three casinos who is Reuben s rival.
- Julia Roberts as Tess Ocean, Danny s ex-wife and Terry s girlfriend.
- Five television actors make cameos as themselves, being taught how to play poker by Rusty: Holly Marie Combs Topher Grace Joshua Jackson Barry Watson Shane West
- Holly Marie Combs
- Topher Grace
- Joshua Jackson
- Barry Watson
- Shane West
- Steven Soderbergh as one of the bank robbers with Basher
- Siegfried & Roy as themselves
- Wayne Newton as himself
- Henry Silva and Angie Dickinson as themselves (both appeared in the original film)
- Wladimir Klitschko as himself
- Lennox Lewis as himself
- Jerry Weintraub as Denny Shields, a high-roller gambler
In 1987, an attempt to remake the 1960 film was attempted by David Permut, who had produced a film adaptation of the 1950s TV show Dragnet for the studio, but it was never materialized. In January 2000, Warner Bros. was moving forward with Steven Soderbergh on development of an Ocean s Eleven remake, starring George Clooney, Brad Pitt and Julia Roberts. Johnny Depp was being considered for Linus Caldwell, while Luke and Owen Wilson were in discussions to play the Malloy twins. However, the Wilson brothers had to vacate due to their commitment to The Royal Tenenbaums. Mike Myers, Bruce Willis, Ewan McGregor, Alan Arkin and Ralph Fiennes were considered for roles but ended up dropping out. Filmmakers Joel and Ethan Coen were considered as replacements for the Wilson brothers, but Soderbergh cast Caan and Affleck instead. Mark Wahlberg was originally cast as Caldwell, but left in favor of starring in another remake, Planet of the Apes, and was subsequently replaced with Damon. Clooney s commitment to Ocean s Eleven forced him to turn down the lead role in Unfaithful.
The pinch used in the film to black out power in Las Vegas was based on the real-life Sandia Z-pinch. However, the effect shown is unrealistic, as no device of the size shown could achieve that effect.
- Cha Cha Cha written by James D Angelo, Leo Johns, Jimmy Kelleher, Marc Lanjean, Henri Salvador and Marcel Stellman; performed by Jimmy Luxury and The Tommy Rome Orchestra
- The Projects (P Jays) written by Dan Nakamura, Paul Huston, Tarin Jones and Trugoy The Dove (as David Jolicoeur); performed by Handsome Boy Modeling School featuring De La Soul (as Trugoy (De La Soul)) and Del (as Del Tha Funkee Homosapien)
- Papa Loves Mambo written by Al Hoffman, Dick Manning and Bickley Reichner; performed by Perry Como
- Take My Breath Away written by Giorgio Moroder and Tom Whitlock; performed by Berlin
- Spirit in the Sky written and performed by Norman Greenbaum
- Blues in the Night written by Harold Arlen and Johnny Mercer; performed by Quincy Jones
- Caravan written by Duke Ellington and Juan Tizol; performed by Arthur Lyman
- A Little Less Conversation written by Billy Strange and Mac Davis; performed by Elvis Presley
- Gritty Shaker written and performed by David Holmes
- Spanish Flea written by Julius Wechter; performed by Powerpack Orchestra
- Misty composed by Erroll Garner; performed by Liberace
- Dream, Dream, Dream written by Jimmy McHugh, Jean Pierre Mottier, Mitchell Parish and Jeannine Melle; performed by Percy Faith and His Orchestra
- Moon River written by Henry Mancini and Johnny Mercer; performed by Liberace
- Theme From A Summer Place written by Max Steiner
- Theme For Young Lovers written and performed by Percy Faith and His Orchestra
- 69 Police written by David Holmes, Phil Mossman, Darren Morris, Aldo Tagliapietra, Stanley Walden and Giovanni Smeraldi; performed by David Holmes (remix of the Le Orme song Ad Gloriam)
- Clair de Lune written by Claude Debussy and arranged by Lucien Cailliet; performed by The Philadelphia Orchestra; conducted by Eugene Ormandy
On review aggregator website Rotten Tomatoes, the film holds an approval rating of 83% based on 182 reviews, with an average rating of 7/10. The site s critical consensus reads, As fast-paced, witty, and entertaining as it is star-studded and coolly stylish, Ocean s Eleven offers a well-seasoned serving of popcorn entertainment. On Metacritic the film has a weighted average score of 74 out of 100, based on 35 critics, indicating generally favorable reviews . Audiences polled by CinemaScore gave the film an average grade of B+ on an A+ to F scale.
People magazine called the film pure fun from start to finish, and included it in its end-of-year Best of Screen list. Newsweek said Ocean s Eleven bounces along with finger-snapping high spirits, and said that while Soderbergh has made deeper films, …this carefree caper movie is nothing to sneeze at. Time magazine s reviewer Richard Corliss criticized the film, saying it doesn t offer much. In a poll during November 2008, Empire magazine called Ocean s Eleven the 500th best film on The 500 Greatest Movies of All Time. For Don Cheadle s role in this film, he needed to learn to speak with a cockney accent, which drew harsh reviews from critics and is recognized as being one of the worst accents in film. Cheadle commented on his accent, saying My British friends … tell me a truly terrible London accent in Ocean s Thirteen. You know something, I really worked on that accent. Went to London, spoke to people, got to know it… my agent said it was fine, so I m stuck with this thing. Even though everyone laughs at me. So I sacked her, of course .
Entertainment Weekly put The Ocean s Eleven heist scene on its end-of-the-decade, best-of list, saying, Featuring three impregnable Vegas casinos and 11 ring-a-ding criminals, Steven Soderbergh s 2001 roll of the dice provided the most winning robbery sequence of the decade.
Ocean s Eleven had a budget of about $85 million. On its opening weekend, it grossed an estimate of $38 million and was the top box-office draw for the weekend. The film grossed $183,418,150 in the United States and grossed $267,311,379 overseas, leaving a worldwide gross of $450,728,529.
Ocean s Eleven was released on VHS and DVD on May 7, 2002.
Soderbergh directed two sequels, Ocean s Twelve in 2004 and Ocean s Thirteen in 2007, which make up the Ocean s Trilogy.
A new Ocean s film with an all-female cast led by Sandra Bullock, titled Ocean s 8, was released June 8, 2018. It was conceived by producer Jerry Weintraub, Soderbergh and Clooney. Olivia Milch and Gary Ross were writer of the screenplay, and director respectively. Cate Blanchett, Helena Bonham Carter, Anne Hathaway, Sarah Paulson, Rihanna, Mindy Kaling and Awkwafina made up the ensemble cast.
Takarazuka Revue adapted the movie as a musical in 2011–2012 in Japan (Takarazuka Grand Theater; Tokyo Takarazuka Theater). The production was performed by Star Troupe and the cast included Reon Yuzuki as Danny Ocean, Nene Yumesaki as Tess Ocean and Shio Suzumi as Rusty Ryan.
The 2014 Bollywood film Happy New Year draws heavily on the plot of Ocean s Eleven, with Shah Rukh Khan starring as the protagonist.
|Plot||Danny Ocean and his ten accomplices plan to rob three Las Vegas casinos simultaneously.|
|Awards||Awards, 4 wins & 20 nominations|
|Writers||George Clayton Johnson, Jack Golden Russell, Harry Brown|
|Stars||George Clooney, Brad Pitt, Julia Roberts|
|Produced by||Bruce Berman,Susan Ekins,John Hardy,R.J. Louis,Jerry Weintraub|
|Music by||David Holmes|
|Cinematography by||Steven Soderbergh|
|Film Editing by||Stephen Mirrione|
|Casting By||Debra Zane|
|Production Design by||Philip Messina|
|Art Direction by||Keith P. Cunningham|
|Set Decoration by||Kristen Toscano Messina|
|Costume Design by||Jeffrey Kurland|
|Makeup Department||Jean Ann Black,Bonnie Clevering,Fionagh Cush,Richard Dean,Kathrine Gordon,Julie Hewett,Elisa Marsh,K.G. Ramsey,Waldo Sanchez,Peggy Semtob,Betty Lou Skinner,Christien Tinsley,Roxanne Wightman,Fríða Aradóttir,Gary Archer,Lori Fenton,Will Huff,Elizabeth Rabe,Marsha Shearrill,Christien Tinsley|
|Production Management||Frederic W. Brost,Robin Le Chanu,Caitlin Maloney,Charles Miller,Mark Scoon|
|Second Unit Director or Assistant Director||Trey Batchelor,Gregory Jacobs,Basti Van Der Woude,Natalie Van Doren,Claire Alderton,Trey Batchelor,Gary Romolo Fiorelli,William D. Robinson|
|Art Department||Scott Bobbitt,Richard Boris,Dawn Brown,Robert Camron,Jeff Damal,Nancy Deren,Louie Esparza,Gerard Forrest,Hank Giardina,William Gideon,Wylie Griffin,Larry Haney,Blair Huizingh,Lance Larson,George Lee,Mike Malone,Steven B. Melton,Melody Miller,Len Morganti,Gregory F. Poulos,Paul Richards,Shana Sigmond,Chris Snyder,Barbara Ann Spencer,Eric Sundahl,Michael Sunga,Adrian Valdes,Robert Woodruff,Chris Zimmerman,Doug Anderson,Adam L. Barker,Yaniv Bashan,Damon Bowden,William Budge,John Bullard,James J. Burke,Joanna Bush,Denise Ciarcia,Leslie Coogan,Aliethea D’Angelo,Jonathan A. Davidson,Kelly Deco,Francesco franco Ferrara,Robert Gau,Steven Kissick,Jim Orr,Sharon Potts,Eric Ramirez,Dennis Richardson,Craig T. Shordon,Dale Snyder,Cheryl Gould Strang,Mark Vance,Frank White,Craig Zumbroegel|
|Sound Department||Rusty Amodeo,David Betancourt,Larry Blake,Mike Chock,James Christopher,Matt Coby,Mark Coffey,Ryan Ferro,Dawn Fintor,Jay Gallagher,Aaron Glascock,Detlef Halaski,Randall L. Johnson,Paul Ledford,Eric Potter,Alicia Stevenson,David E. Stone,F. Scott Taylor,Ron Bedrosian|
|Special Effects by||Garnet Baril,Bill Cobb,Manuel S. Epstein,Werner Hahnlein,Kevin Hannigan,Don Hastings,Chris Jones,John Parker,David A. Poole,Raymond Robinson,Michael Roundy,Paul Vigil,Vaughn Williams,Tim Ziegenbein,Gunter Anderson,David J. Barker,John Fleming,Ron Rosegard|
|Visual Effects by||Dane Picard,Michael S. Pryor,David Rey,Thomas J. Smith,Serge Sretschinsky,Tom Zils,Suzanne Baird,Jeffrey Edward Baksinski,Wally Chin,Robert Coquia Jr.,Erin M. Cullen,Ken Dackermann,Michael S. Harbour,Fred Jimenez,Kevin LaNeave,Vincent Lavares,Carl S.G. Moore,Chad Owen,Dante Quintana,Jon Quon,Olun Riley,Sean Rourke,Mike Sabga,Chris B. Schnitzer,Ken Sjogren,Paul Springer,Adam H Stewart,John Tissavary|
|Stunts||Richard Bucher,Michael Cassidy,Vince Deadrick Jr.,Jayson Dumenigo,Corey Michael Eubanks,Steven Lambert,Cheryl Lawson,Brad Martin,John Moio,John Robotham,Jon Sakata,Justin Sundquist,Michael Adams,Brian Avery,Joni Avery,Rick Avery,Bruce Paul Barbour,Gregory J. Barnett,Daniel W. Barringer,Richard Bucher,John Casino,Eliza Coleman,Mark De Alessandro,Richard Dorton,Jeffrey Eith,Dana Dru Evenson,Ransom Gates,Anita Hart,Gene Hartline,Blaze Jones,Steve Kelso,Hubie Kerns Jr.,David Leitch,Kurt D. Lott,Brian Machleit,Rob Mars,Brad Martin,Bob McGovern,Bob Minor,Marty Murray,Hugh Aodh O’Brien,Chris Object,Jimmy Ortega,Víctor Quintero,Jeff Ramsey,Michael A. Rizza,Troy Robinson,Pat Romano,Kerry Rossall,George Marshall Ruge,Felipe Savahge,Charles A. Tam,Michael A. Tessiero,Michael Trisler,Brian J. Williams,Harry Wowchuk|
|Camera and Electrical Department||James W. Apted,Russell Ayer,Dana Baker,Bobby Brown,R. Michael De Chellis,Stacy De La Motte,Caz Duffy,Raymond Gonzales,Rick Harris,Barry Baz Idoine,David Jensen,Robert Lackey,Al LaVerde,Jonathan Leary,Duane Charles Manwiller,Bob Marshak,Daisuke Dice Miyake,Jim Plannette,David Richardson,Eric Sagot,Paul Threlkeld,Timothy Tillman,Kent Baker,Rick Climenhaga,Erin Franklyn,Michael Grady,Geoffrey Haley,Albert Hood,Michael L. Lewin,Timberlake Lewis,Duane Charles Manwiller,Dauv McNeely,Mark Mele,Ralph Merzbach,Andres L. Porras,Lance Rieck,Cary Sachs,Michael J. Schwartz,Sean Smith,Mark Wineman,Joe L. Wright|
|Casting Department||Terri Taylor,Pamela Lynn Thomas,Kendra Carter,Rich King,Mike Lemon,Meaghan F. McLaughlin|
|Costume and Wardrobe Department||Nigel Boyd,Corey Bronson,Victoria DeKay,Betsy Glick,Anthony T. Lukins,Elaine Maser,Steven Moreno,Chris Newlander,Shoshana Rubin,Fran Vega-Buck,Robert Wojewodski,Julie Yang Silver,Roberta Bilé,Sharon Fauvel,Heather Holmes,Haleen K. Holt,April Hunter-Krueger,Carolyn Schnitzer,Faye Sevilla|
|Editorial Department||Douglas Crise,Betsy Dennis,Dana Ross,Keith H. Sauter,Paul Tanzillo Jr.,Norman R. Walker,Bill Daly,Jamey Hopper,Jonathan Malden|
|Location Management||Caleb Duffy,Quentin Halliday,George Herthel,Ken Lavet,Wileen Dragovan,Missy Moyer,Dan Rosenfelt|
|Music Department||Zach Danziger,Chris Dawkins,Stephen Hilton,Hugo Nicolson,Mike Olson,Frankie Pine,Jim Schultz,Jim Watson,Danny Bramson,David Carpenter|
|Script and Continuity Department||Annie Welles|
|Transportation Department||Jarod Abbatoye,Jim Alfonso,Chris Beanes,Rich Bennetti,Loren Bess,Jon Carpenter,Robert C. Cawley,Gary Cheek,David Glavin,Leon Glavin,Chris Gorden,J. Bud Graves,Shane Greedy,Marty Haydon,Steve Howard,J.T. Lannen,Hal Lary,Mike Lewis,Tony Mercier,Ken Merritt,Douglas Miller,Tom Neal,Jeff Nutt,Angelo J. Orefice,Charles Ramirez,Curtis Randoll,Domiciano Rodriquez,William Mark Spencer,Paul Tumber,Jorge Vasquez,Michael R. Cairo,Everett Everett,J. Armin Garza II,Scott Jimerson,Brita McCollough,Roger Wooge|
|Additional Crew||Ozzie Areu,Jackie Brady Baugh,Daniel Berkowitz,Clelio Boccato,Carrie Brody,Brumby Broussard,George Brown,Keri Bruno,Joanna Bush,Richard Castro,Anne G. Cellucci,Amy Minda Cohen,Chic Daniel,Betsy Dennis,Trinette L. Faint,John O. Falvey,Jenny Gienger,Steve Hai,Jason Hinkel,Karen Jarnecke,Marisol Jiménez,Christopher Just Weaver,Thomas King Jr.,Michael LaCorte,Keri Littledeer,Caitlin Maloney,Denise Marquez,Lynne Martin,Antoine Mascaro,Gladys Kaye McCall,Danny Molina,Cabernet Murray,Andrew H. Olsen,Natascha Oppenheim,Paris Paul,Kim Pinkstaff,Keith Popely,Denyse Rossi,John Sanchez,Will Sandoval,Josh Sostrin,Spooky Stevens,Lynn Struiksma,Ken Ungrodt,Ari Weintraub,Joseph Weintraub,Rachel Weintraub,Sarah Weintraub,Jeff Winn,Katie Zaslaw,Job Alonso,Richard Grant Bennett,Doug Bowen,Sondra Dee Boyachek,Al Cerullo,Brock T. Charde,Brett Cody,Louis Farah,Luigi Ferraro,Kevin Field,Janice Gantenbein,P.J. Haines,Lisa Hatch,Zeen Jones,Brian S. Kalata,Joseph Keideth,Linda Klein,Roxann Langlois,Theresa Lucero,Dauv McNeely,Alden Miller,Robert W. Morgenroth,Naomi Motohashi,Sue O’Grady,Margaret J. Orlando,Tom Schaus,Tony Swatton,Mark Robert Taylor,John Tomko,Mark Vance,Julie Wagner,Bing Yin,Andreas Zachai|
|Thanks||Bobby Baldwin,Bill Hornbuckle,Philip Kaufman,Kirk Kerkorian,Terry Lanni,Bill McBeath,Randy Morton,The Peking Acrobats,Elaine Wynn,Steve Wynn,Bernie Yuman|
|Companies||Warner Bros., Village Roadshow Pictures, NPV Entertainment|
|Languages||English, Italian, Cantonese|
|Keywords||casino,heist,criminal mastermind,card dealer,ulcer|