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Ocean's Eleven is a 2001 remake of the 1960 Rat Pack caper film of the same name. The 2001 film was directed by Steven Soderbergh and features an ensemble cast. 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. George Clooney stated in November 2007 that there will not be any additional sequels.


Shortly after being released from a New Jerseymarker prison, Danny Ocean (George Clooney) breaks parole and travels to Los Angelesmarker to meet up with his former partner in crime and close friend Rusty Ryan (Brad Pitt) to propose a new scheme he has in mind. The two head to Las Vegas to approach wealthy friend and former casino owner Reuben Tishkoff (Elliott Gould) with a plan to rob the vaults of the Bellagiomarker, The Miragemarker and the MGM Grandmarker casinos. At first Reuben is very reluctant, knowing himself how much security there is in every casino. Seeing this as a way to get back at his rival, Terry Benedict (Andy Garcia), owner of the 3 casinos, Reuben eventually finances the operation. By Nevada Gaming Commission rules, the casinos must maintain adequate funds in their vaults to cover all bets, and during the busy casino night coinciding with a boxing match, more than $150 million is expected to be stored in the Bellagio vault. Danny and Rusty begin to recruit former colleagues and other criminal masterminds into their group. The team plans and carries out a series of reconnaissance missions at the Bellagio to learn as much as possible about the security, the lay of the land, and the routines and behaviors of the casino staff. At the same time, they recreate a perfect replica of the Bellagio vault to practice evasion of the vault's formidable security systems. During this planning phase, the team discovers that Danny's ex-wife, Tess Ocean (Julia Roberts), is currently Terry's lover. Rusty urges Danny to drop the plan, saying that "Tess does not split 11 ways", aware that Tess may warn Terry that something is afoot if she sees Danny, but Danny figures this into the plan.

On the night of the fight, the plan is put into effect. Danny himself goes to the casino in order to be seen by Terry, who, as he expects, has him locked up in a storeroom to be beaten up by one of his bouncers. The bouncer, however, is in Danny's pocket, and he allows Danny to escape through a ventilation shaft and meet with his team in the vault. The team activates a stolen pinch device to temporarily disable power from the city, allowing them to breach the vault undetected. As Terry tries to restore order in the casino after the power outage, Rusty anonymously calls him via a cell phone that Danny planted earlier in Tess's coat. He lets him know that his vaults are being robbed and that all the money will be blown up if Terry does not cooperate to load half the money from the vault into a van waiting outside. Terry observes video footage of the vault that confirms Rusty's demands, and concedes to help move the money, but orders his men to follow the van when it departs while also calling a S.W.A.T. team to attack the vault. The S.W.A.T. team's arrival causes a shootout and the explosion of the other half of the money. The S.W.A.T. assures the situation is secure and departs with their equipment, leaving Terry to contemplate the ruins.

Terry realizes that the vault video feed was faked when he notices that the vault's marble-inlay floors are missing the Bellagio logos, which were only very recently installed in the vault. His men following the van find that it is being driven remotely, and is only filled with "flyers for hookers". A flashback reveals that Danny used his vault replica to create the fake video feed. The rest of Danny's team posed as the S.W.A.T. team, and took all of the vault money unchecked. Terry returns to the room where he left Danny, finding that Danny is still there, leaving Terry no way to connect him to the theft. Danny offers to assist Terry in finding the money on the condition that he give up Tess, to which Terry agrees. However, the team routes the live security feed of this conversation to Tess's suite. Angry at being used by Benedict, she leaves him and returns to Danny. Danny is still arrested for violating parole, the police having been tipped off by Benedict, and spends some months in prison. When Danny is released, he is met by Rusty and Tess, and the three drive off, closely followed by Benedict's bodyguards.


Ocean's Eleven

  1. George Clooney as Danny Ocean
  2. Brad Pitt as Rusty Ryan
  3. Bernie Mac as Frank Catton
  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



Cons described

In the beginning of the film, when they begin to work on the plan for the casino heist, Rusty (Pitt) says to Danny (Clooney),

This list of cons was created by director Steven Soderbergh and screenwriter Ted Griffin to describe the type of people and cons needed to knock over the three casinos.

  • Boesky - Saul playing Lyman Zerga. This is a reference to Ivan Boesky, a big-time trader on Wall Streetmarker who got caught committing securities fraud. The con is about a wealthy bankroller who has insider information.
  • Jim Brown - the confrontation between Frank Catton and Linus Caldwell, staged to distract Terry Benedict so that Linus can lift the security codes to the vault. Named for the famous American football player Jim Brown.
  • Miss Daisy - the SWAT vehicle used as the getaway car. From the film title Driving Miss Daisy.
  • Two Jethros - "Hillbilly gear-head types" (in this case the Malloy brothers) having a confrontation on the casino floor, during which balloons are used to cover a security camera and distract casino security, allowing Livingston Dell to sneak into the security offices.
  • Leon Spinks - the disruption of the boxing match. This refers to the surprise victory of Leon Spinks over Muhammad Ali.
  • Ella Fitzgerald - the looped tape of the robbery that is played over Benedict's security system. A reference to a 1970s commercial for Memorex, in which a recording of Ella Fitzgerald's voice breaks a glass and the question is posed to the viewer: "Is it live or is it Memorex?"



The film received a rating of 80 percent at Rotten Tomatoes. 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."Ocean's Eleven ranks 500th on Empire magazine's 2008 list of the 500 greatest movies of all time.


Ocean's Eleven had a budget of $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 $183,417,150 in the United States and grossed $267,300,000 overseas leaving a worldwide gross of $450,717,150 making the film a huge box office success. The film is the fifth highest grossing film of 2001.


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