Ocean's Eleven

Ocean's Eleven

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Director: Steven Soderbergh

Cast: George Clooney, Brad Pitt, Matt Damon

     
 

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A rag-tag group of con artists and ex-cons team up for the heist to end all heists in this high-profile remake of the 1960 Rat Pack favorite. As with its predecessor, Ocean's Eleven opens with its titular hero Danny Ocean (George Clooney stepping into the Frank Sinatra role) eager for a new challenge. The similarities to the original end there, as OceanSee more details below

Overview

A rag-tag group of con artists and ex-cons team up for the heist to end all heists in this high-profile remake of the 1960 Rat Pack favorite. As with its predecessor, Ocean's Eleven opens with its titular hero Danny Ocean (George Clooney stepping into the Frank Sinatra role) eager for a new challenge. The similarities to the original end there, as Ocean conspires with his old pal Rusty Ryan (Brad Pitt) to rob 150 million dollars from an underground vault that serves three of Las Vegas' biggest casinos. Between the two of them, they recruit nine other men, each with his own criminal specialty, to assist in the mission: moneyman Reuben Tishkoff (Elliot Gould), card dealer Frank (Bernie Mac), pickpocket Linus (Matt Damon), aging con artist Saul (Carl Reiner), British explosives pro Basher (Don Cheadle), techie Dell (Eddie Jemison), rude-boy brothers Virgil (Casey Affleck) and Turk (Scott Caan), and professional acrobat Yen (Shaobo Qin). What Ocean doesn't tell the group is that there's another reason he's coordinating the heist: the three casinos they're robbing are all owned by ruthless gambling mogul Terry Benedict (Andy Garcia), who just happens to be married to Ocean's former love Tess (Julia Roberts). Ocean's Eleven was updated by scribe Ted Griffin and marked the third feature shot by director Steven Soderbergh under the alias Peter Andrews.

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Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Ed Hulse
A remake of the breezy 1960 caper film that featured Frank Sinatra and his Rat Pack buddies, this Ocean’s Eleven offers equal star power, lavishes more directorial attention on the Big Heist, and is even more entertaining than the original. George Clooney is perfectly cast as the titular trickster, Danny Ocean, a paroled con man determined to rob the wealthy casino owner (Andy Garcia) who’s taken up with his ex-wife, Tess (Julia Roberts). To pull off the complicated robbery, he recruits some individuals with highly specific talents, among them Brad Pitt, Matt Damon, Don Cheadle, Carl Reiner, and Elliott Gould. Their painstaking preparations consume a big chunk of the film’s running time, and director Steven Soderbergh (Erin Brockovich) devotes even more footage to the heist and its aftermath. But he realizes that Ocean’s Eleven, like its predecessor, isn’t just about a smash-and-grab job -- it’s about being cool, and to that end the director is extremely punctilious about the movie’s stylized settings, costumes, and music. The script sparkles with wry throwaway lines, and the actors convey a sense of fun that’s definitely infectious. Nobody will ever confuse this spirited romp for high art, but for a great way to pass a couple of hours we can’t think of anything better. Soderbergh provides a full-length commentary for the DVD, and Pitt, Damon, and Garcia throw in their two cents as well. Additionally, the DVD sports an HBO First Look featurette, a brief behind-the-scenes documentary called The Look of the Con, interviews with other members of the cast and production team, three different theatrical trailers, and DVD-ROM content.
All Movie Guide - Michael Hastings
Cool, calm, collected, and low-key -- almost to a fault -- director Steven Soderbergh's starry remake of 1960's plodding Rat Pack vehicle may be little more than a muscle-stretching exercise for the newly minted Oscar-winner, but at least it's an audience-pleasing one. Ocean's Eleven is a hodgepodge of some of the director's pet influences: the deft multi-character juggling of Robert Altman, the just-the-facts policier technique of Jules Dassin or Francois Truffaut, and even some of the high-gloss pyrotechnics of David Fincher or John McTiernan. In many ways, it's Soderbergh's least distinctive film: the casual explosions, rag-tag rapport, and only-in-the-movies plot conveniences are just a notch away from the territory of the director's one-time nemesis Jerry Bruckheimer. Where he makes the material his own is in the casting -- this motley crew is more geek than chic, and they all play off each other incredibly well -- and in the zippy dissection of the complex heist. So while Ocean's Eleven isn't as funny or as involving as it could be -- in other words, it's not Out of Sight Part II -- watching Soderbergh spin his wheels is still more enjoyable than just about anything out there.
Entertainment Weekly - Owen Gleiberman
Made with so much wit and brains and dazzle and virtuosity that the sheer speed and cleverness of the caper hits you like a shot of pure oxygen.
New York Times
For those not so taken by the star power, this new Ocean's Eleven is the equivalent of a domineering team you can't stand that enters the Super Bowl. Even if you don't like the players, the odds are so good that it's tough to bet against them. Elvis Mitchell
Boston Globe
Top-of-the-line studio eye candy. Jay Carr

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Product Details

Release Date:
04/29/2008
UPC:
0085391161042
Original Release:
2001
Rating:
PG13
Source:
Warner Home Video
Presentation:
[Wide Screen]
Sound:
[Dolby AC-3 Surround Sound]
Time:
1:56:00
Sales rank:
8,496

Special Features

Commentary by Matt Damon, and Garcia and Brad Pitt; Commentary by director Steven Soderbergh and screenwriter Ted Griffin; HBO first look: The making of Ocean's Eleven; The look of the con; Theatrical trailers

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Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
George Clooney Danny Ocean
Brad Pitt Rusty Ryan
Matt Damon Linus Caldwell
Don Cheadle Basher Tarr
Andy García Terry Benedict
Julia Roberts Tess Ocean
Casey Affleck Virgil Malloy
Scott Caan Turk Malloy
Carl Reiner Saul Bloom
Elliott Gould Reuben Tishkoff
Edward Jemison Livingston Dell
Bernie Mac Frank Catton
Shaobo Qin Yen
Joshua Jackson Josh
Holly Marie Combs Holly
Barry Watson Barry
Michael de Lano Casino Manager ("Walsh")
Angie Dickinson Herself
John Fiore Hotel Security
Eydie Gorme Herself
Jorge R. Hernandez FBI Man #1
David Jensen Eye-in-the-Sky Technician #2
Joe La Due Billy Tim Denham
Jim Lampley Himself
Steve Lawrence Himself
Wayne Newton Himself
Rick Reed Bucky Buchanan
Robin Sachs Seller
Scott L. Schwartz Bruiser
Henry Silva Himself
John Robotham Uzi-Carrying Guard #1
Vincent Ward Uzi-Carrying Guard #2
Jerry Weintraub High Roller
Tony Allison French High Roller
Rusty Meyers Security Officer #1
Frank Patton Lockbox Carrier
Miguel Perez Explosives Cop
Richard Steele Himself
Timothy Paul Perez Security Guard ("Oscar")
William L. Johnson Technician #2
J.P. Manoux Aide-de-Camp
Larry Merchant Himself
Kelly Adkins Dancer
James Alfonso Police Officer
Frankie Jay Allison High Roller Pit Boss ("Eddie")
William Allison Guard
Scott Clark Beringer Head Goon
Cecelia Birt Board Member #1
Barry Brandt Technician #1
Joe Coyle Security Officer #2
James Curatola Baccarat Dealer
Siegfried Fischbacher Himself
Carol Florence Board Member #3
Lori Galinski Blackjack Dealer
Mark Gantt Bartender
Roy Horn Himself
Wladimir Klitschko Himself
Tommy Kordick Hotel Bellman
Charles La Russa Italian High Roller
Lennox Lewis Himself
Paul L. Nolan Board Member #2
Robert Peters Eye-in-the-Sky Technician #1
Tim Snay FBI Man #2
Ronn Soeda Japanese High Roller
David Sontag Plainclothes Goon #1
Larry Sontag Plainclothes Goon #2
Gregory Stenson Sentry

Technical Credits
Steven Soderbergh Director
Peter Andrews Cinematographer
Bruce Berman Executive Producer
Jean A. Black Makeup
Nigel Boyd Costumes/Costume Designer
Corey C. Bronson Costumes/Costume Designer
Dawn Brown-Manser Set Decoration/Design
Richard L. Bucher Stunts
Michael Cassidy Stunts
Michael Chock Sound Editor
Cinesite Animator,Special Effects
Keith P. Cunningham Art Director
Fionagh Cush Makeup
David Holmes Score Composer
Richard Dean Makeup
Nancy Deren Set Decoration/Design
Jayson Dumenigo Stunts
Susan Ekins Executive Producer
Corey Michael Eubanks Stunts
Aaron Glascock Sound Editor
Betsy Glick Costumes/Costume Designer
Ted Griffin Screenwriter
Steve Hai Translator
John Hardy Executive Producer
Greg Jacobs Asst. Director
Jeffrey Kurland Costumes/Costume Designer
Steve Lambert Stunts
Cheryl Lawson Stunts
Paul Ledford Sound/Sound Designer
George R. Lee Set Decoration/Design
R.J. Louis Co-producer
Anthony T. Lukins Costumes/Costume Designer
Duane Manwiller Camera Operator
Elisa Marsh Makeup
Brad Martin Stunts
Kristen Toscano Messina Set Decoration/Design
Philip Messina Production Designer
Charles Miller Production Manager
Stephen Mirrione Editor
John Moio Stunts
Shoshana Rubin Costumes/Costume Designer
Jon Sakata Stunts
Thomas J. Smith Special Effects Supervisor
Barbara Ann Spencer Set Decoration/Design
Eric P. Sundahl Set Decoration/Design
Justin Sundquist Stunts
Jerry Weintraub Producer
Julie Yang Costumes/Costume Designer
Debra Zane Casting

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