Ocean's Eleven

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Ocean's Eleven
Ocean's Eleven 2001 Poster.jpg
Film poster
Directed bySteven Soderbergh
Produced byJerry Weintraub
Screenplay byTed Griffin
Story byGeorge C. Johnson
Jack Golden Russell
Based onOcean's 11 
by Harry Brown
Charles Lederer
StarringGeorge Clooney
Matt Damon
Andy García
Brad Pitt
Julia Roberts
Music byDavid Holmes
CinematographySteven Soderbergh
Editing byStephen Mirrione
StudioJerry Weintraub Productions
Section Eight Productions
Distributed byWarner Bros.
Release dates
  • December 7, 2001 (2001-12-07) (US)
Running time117 minutes
CountryUnited States
LanguageEnglish
Budget$85 million
Box office$450,717,150
 
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Ocean's Eleven
Ocean's Eleven 2001 Poster.jpg
Film poster
Directed bySteven Soderbergh
Produced byJerry Weintraub
Screenplay byTed Griffin
Story byGeorge C. Johnson
Jack Golden Russell
Based onOcean's 11 
by Harry Brown
Charles Lederer
StarringGeorge Clooney
Matt Damon
Andy García
Brad Pitt
Julia Roberts
Music byDavid Holmes
CinematographySteven Soderbergh
Editing byStephen Mirrione
StudioJerry Weintraub Productions
Section Eight Productions
Distributed byWarner Bros.
Release dates
  • December 7, 2001 (2001-12-07) (US)
Running time117 minutes
CountryUnited States
LanguageEnglish
Budget$85 million
Box office$450,717,150

Ocean's Eleven is a 2001 American comedy-crime film and remake of the 1960 Rat Pack film of the same name. The 2001 film was directed by Steven Soderbergh and features an ensemble cast including George Clooney, Brad Pitt, Matt Damon, Don Cheadle, Andy García, and Julia Roberts. The film was a success at the box office and with critics. Soderbergh directed two sequels, Ocean's Twelve in 2004 and Ocean's Thirteen in 2007, resulting in the term the Ocean's Trilogy. It is the fifth highest-grossing film of 2001.

Plot[edit]

Following release from prison, Danny Ocean (George Clooney) breaks the terms of his parole and travels to Los Angeles to meet his partner-in-crime and friend Rusty Ryan (Brad Pitt) to propose a caper. The two go to Las Vegas to pitch the plan to wealthy friend and former casino owner Reuben Tishkoff (Elliott Gould). 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 begins to think of it as a good way to get back at his rival, Terry Benedict (Andy García), who owns all three casinos, Reuben agrees to finance the operation. Because the casinos are required by the Nevada Gaming Commission to have enough cash on hand to cover all their patrons' bets, the three predict that, on the upcoming night of a highly anticipated boxing match, the Bellagio vault will contain more than $150 million.

Ocean and Ryan recruit eight former colleagues and criminal specialists: Linus Caldwell (Matt Damon), a young and talented pickpocket; Frank Catton (Bernie Mac), a casino worker and con man; Virgil and Turk Malloy (Casey Affleck and Scott Caan), a pair of gifted mechanics; Livingston Dell (Eddie Jemison) an electronics and surveillance expert; Basher Tarr (Don Cheadle), an explosives expert; Saul Bloom (Carl Reiner), an elderly con man; and "The Amazing" Yen (Shaobo Qin), an accomplished acrobat. Several of the team members carry out reconnaissance at the Bellagio to learn as much as possible about the security, the routines and behaviors of the casino staff, and the building itself. Others create a precise replica of the vault with which to practice maneuvering through its formidable security systems. During this planning phase, the team discovers that Ocean's ex-wife, Tess (Julia Roberts), is Benedict's girlfriend. Ryan urges Ocean to give up on the plan, believing Ocean incapable of sound judgement while Tess is involved, but Ocean refuses.

When the plan is put in motion, Ocean goes to the Bellagio in order to be seen by Benedict, who, as expected, has him locked in a storeroom to be beaten by a bouncer called Bruiser. Bruiser, however, is a friend of Ocean's, and he allows Ocean to leave through a ventilation shaft, to meet with his team in the vault. Linus Caldwell poses as a gaming commission agent, and reveals to Benedict that one of his employees, Ramon Escalante, is actually Frank Catton, an ex-con. Caldwell and Catton stage a faux confrontation in Benedict's presence so that Linus can steal the vault access codes written on a piece of paper in Benedict's jacket. Yen is smuggled into the vault by the Malloy brothers to assist in triggering the explosive from the inside. Saul Bloom sneaks explosives into the casino vault by posing as a wealthy international arms dealer who needs especially secure safekeeping for his valuables, and then stages a heart attack that is treated by Ryan posing as a doctor.

The team activates a stolen "pinch" device to temporarily disrupt the casino's electrical power, allowing them to breach the vault undetected. As Benedict attempts to restore order following the power outage, Ryan anonymously calls him on a cell phone that Ocean had earlier planted in Tess's coat. Ryan tells him that the vaults are being raided, and that all the money will be destroyed if Benedict does not cooperate in loading half the money into a van waiting outside. Benedict observes video footage of the vault that confirms Ryan's claims, and complies in moving the money, but orders his men to follow the van after it departs, and calls a S.W.A.T. team to secure the vault and the other half of the money. The S.W.A.T. team's arrival results in a shootout which causes the incineration of the half of the money left in the vault. After assuring Benedict that the casino is secure, the officers depart at Benedict's insistence.

Benedict's men following the van discover that it is being driven by remote control, and that, instead of money, it contains duffel bags full of flyers advertising prostitutes. Benedict realizes that the vault video feed he'd been watching was faked, as the vault floor in the footage lacked the Bellagio logo, which had only recently been installed. A flashback reveals that Ocean had used the vault replica to create the fake video Benedict had seen; the rest of the team posed as S.W.A.T. officers, and took all of the money in the vault when responding to Benedict's call for police assistance. Benedict then returns to the room where he left Ocean and finds him still there, apparently still being worked over by Bruiser, leaving him with no way to connect Ocean to the theft. As Tess watches via security surveillance, Ocean tricks Benedict into saying he would give up Tess in exchange for the money. Ocean then says, "Alright. I know a guy. We were in the joint together. Anybody pulls a job in the western US, he knows about it. Give me 72 hours. I'll find out who took your money". Benedict, humiliated, orders his men to escort Ocean off the premises and inform the police that Ocean is violating his parole by being in Las Vegas. Tess leaves Benedict, and exits the hotel just in time to see Ocean arrested. When he is released after serving 'three to six months' for his parole violation, he is met by Rusty and Tess, and the three drive off, closely followed by Benedict's bodyguards.

Cast[edit]

Part of the cast of the 2001 film Ocean's Eleven at Incirlik Air Base, Turkey. The cast from left to right is Brad Pitt, George Clooney, Matt Damon, Andy Garcia, Julia Roberts and director, Steven Soderbergh.

Ocean's Eleven[edit]

In order of recruitment:

  1. George Clooney as Danny Ocean
  2. Bernie Mac as Frank Catton
  3. Brad Pitt as Rusty Ryan
  4. Elliott Gould as Reuben Tishkoff
  5. Casey Affleck as Virgil Malloy
  6. Scott Caan as Turk Malloy
  7. Eddie Jemison as Livingston Dell
  8. Don Cheadle as Basher Tarr
  9. Shaobo Qin as "The Amazing" Yen
  10. Carl Reiner as Saul Bloom
  11. Matt Damon as Linus Caldwell

Other main cast members[edit]

Cameo roles[edit]

Reception[edit]

Critical[edit]

The film holds an 82% "Certified Fresh" rating at Rotten Tomatoes.[1] People magazine called the film "pure fun from start to finish,"[2] and included it in its end-of-year Best of Screen list.[3] 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."[4] Time magazine's reviewer Richard Corliss criticized the film, saying it "doesn't offer much."[citation needed] In a poll during November 2008, Empire magazine called Ocean's Eleven the 500th best film on The 500 Greatest Movies of All Time.[citation needed] 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.[5] Cheadle commented on his accent, saying "My British friends... tell me [it's] a truly terrible London accent in Ocean's 13. 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".[6]

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."[7]

Box office[edit]

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.[8] The film grossed $183,417,150 in the United States and grossed $267,311,379 overseas leaving a worldwide gross of $450,728,529.[9]

Adaptions[edit]

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.[10]

Music[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Ocean's Eleven". Rotten Tomatoes. Retrieved 2008-02-07. 
  2. ^ Leah Rozen (2001-12-10). "Picks & Pans: Screen". People: 56. 
  3. ^ "Best of Screen". People: 56. 2001-12-31. 
  4. ^ David Ansen (2001-12-17). "Boys Just Wanna Have Fun". Newsweek: 138. 
  5. ^ Don Cheadle's terrible accent - Monsters and Critics
  6. ^ The Worst British Accents Ever | Empire | www.empireonline.com
  7. ^ Geier, Thom; Jensen, Jeff; Jordan, Tina; Lyons, Margaret; Markovitz, Adam; Nashawaty, Chris; Pastorek, Whitney; Rice, Lynette; Rottenberg, Josh; Schwartz, Missy; Slezak, Michael; Snierson, Dan; Stack, Tim; Stroup, Kate; Tucker, Ken; Vary, Adam B.; Vozick-Levinson, Simon; Ward, Kate (December 11, 2009), "The 100 Greatest Movies, TV Shows, Albums, Books, Characters, Scenes, Episodes, Songs, Dresses, Music Videos, And Trends That Entertained Us Over The Past 10 Years". Entertainment Weekly. (1079/1080):74-84
  8. ^ "Ocean's $38.1 Million". Internet Movie Database. Retrieved December 31, 2010. 
  9. ^ "Ocean's Eleven". The Numbers. Retrieved December 31, 2010. 
  10. ^ 宝塚歌劇 星組公演『オーシャンズ11』

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