Ocean's Twelve

Ocean's Twelve

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Director: Steven Soderbergh

Cast: George Clooney, Brad Pitt, Matt Damon

     
 

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After pulling off the heist of their lives, Danny Ocean and his pals unexpectedly find themselves back in harness in this sequel to 2001's blockbuster hit Ocean's Eleven. After robbing a cool $160 million from the Bellaggio Hotel Casino and winning back his former wife, Tess (Julia Roberts), from Bellagio owner Terry Benedict (Andy Garcia), Danny Ocean (GeorgeSee more details below

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After pulling off the heist of their lives, Danny Ocean and his pals unexpectedly find themselves back in harness in this sequel to 2001's blockbuster hit Ocean's Eleven. After robbing a cool $160 million from the Bellaggio Hotel Casino and winning back his former wife, Tess (Julia Roberts), from Bellagio owner Terry Benedict (Andy Garcia), Danny Ocean (George Clooney) is living quietly on the lam in Connecticut when he's unexpectedly approached by Benedict. It seems Benedict has tracked down Danny and the ten men who helped him pull off the seemingly impossible robbery, and Benedict offers them a proposal -- if they can repay the $160 million in two weeks, he won't have them killed. As it turns out, both Danny and his best friend, Rusty Ryan (Brad Pitt), haven't been doing so well in terms of money management and could use some cash, so they set out to plan a robbery to recover the loot, with the same crew helping out -- Linus Caldwell (Matt Damon), Frank Catton (Bernie Mac), Basher Tarr (Don Cheadle), Saul Bloom (Carl Reiner), Reuben Tishkoff (Elliott Gould), Livingston Dell (Eddie Jemison), Yen (Shaobo Qin), Virgil Malloy (Casey Affleck), and his brother Turk (Scott Caan). Danny and Rusty discover that an incredibly rare Fabergé egg is being displayed at a museum in Rome which would fetch the price they need, but they soon discover a notorious cat burglar, François Toulour (Vincent Cassel), is also after the egg, and it turns into a race to see who can claim it first. Adding to the intrigue is Isabel Lahiri (Catherine Zeta-Jones), a woman Rusty used to be involved with who is now a top agent with Interpol and is after both Toulour and Ocean's crew. Shot on location in both the United States and Europe, Ocean's Twelve was, like its precursor, directed by the stylish Steven Soderbergh, who also photographed the picture under his nom de lens, Peter Andrews.

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Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Ed Hulse
Steven Soderbergh, a talented filmmaker known for alternating small, arty films with more commercial projects, finally hit the box-office jackpot in 2001 with the star-studded remake of the Rat Pack favorite Ocean’s 11, so a sequel was inevitable. Soderbergh successfully reunites the entire Ocean’s Eleven cast and adds several other stars who sweeten the celebrity pot. Like its predecessor, Ocean’s Twelve is a lighthearted caper flick that relies to a great extent on the interaction of its cast members, and the movie’s more about that chemistry than the caper itself. Terry Benedict (Andy Garcia), the casino owner whom Danny Ocean (George Clooney) and his ten partners ripped off in the first film, has tracked the gang down, and he gives them two weeks to repay -- with interest -- the money they stole from him. In desperation, the thieves head for Europe to stage heists that will net them the required amount. What they haven’t counted on is competition from a master thief known only as the Night Fox (Vincent Cassel) and the tenacity of Interpol investigator Isabel Lahiri (Catherine Zeta-Jones), who is determined to apprehend them. Ocean’s Twelve unfolds in Amsterdam, Rome, and Paris, affording picturesque backdrops for the ingenious thefts planned by Danny and his crew. As Danny’s wife, Tess, Julia Roberts -- whose part in the first film was largely decorative -- takes a larger role this time around, thanks to a clever gambit that draws her into the largest of the planned heists. Bruce Willis plays himself in an extended cameo, and Soderbergh favorite Albert Finney pops up as well. The ridiculously convoluted story holds together, if only by a thread. But that hardly matters, because it’s evident from the first reel that the cast is having a great time. In fact, Ocean’s Twelve is one of the most self-aware movies we’ve seen in many moons, and the in-jokes speed by like Vespa scooters. It basically dares the viewer to have as much fun as the onscreen participants -- a challenge that's easy to accept.
All Movie Guide - Perry Seibert
At the end of The Player, Robert Altman got Bruce Willis and Julia Roberts to spoof their status as the biggest box-office draws of the time. Fifteen years later, Steven Soderbergh uses the same two stars in order to skewer celebrity culture as a whole. The post-modern finale dovetails nicely with the frisky formalist games that director Steven Soderbergh likes to play, but Ocean's Twelve is easily his least substantial film to date. That does not mean it is not entertaining. The large cast obviously had a blast working together and making the film. While that often leads to finished films that alienate audiences who are not allowed to be in on all the fun that must have been happening when the cameras stopped, George Clooney, Brad Pitt, Matt Damon, and everyone else all care more about their careers than their status as celebrities. They surely enjoy the perks of fame; there is no need for this film to exist other than for this collection of actors to revel in hanging out with celebrity friends. However, they fully comprehend how fluid their fame is, and therefore they do appreciate the audience. The viewer is put in the position of being in on the joke rather than having the joke played on them. With lesser talent, Ocean's Twelve might have come off as a crass attempt to cash in, but the first-rate crew and cast turn the film into a good-humored exercise in style over substance.

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Product Details

Release Date:
04/29/2008
UPC:
0085391161059
Original Release:
2004
Rating:
PG13
Source:
Warner Home Video
Presentation:
[Wide Screen]
Sound:
[Dolby AC-3 Surround Sound]
Time:
2:05:00
Sales rank:
38,023

Special Features

Commentary by director Steven Soderbergh and screenwriter George Nolfi; Nearly 30 minutes of additional scenes; HBO First Look: Twelve is the new eleven; Theatrical trailer

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
George Clooney Danny Ocean
Brad Pitt Rusty Ryan
Matt Damon Linus Caldwell
Catherine Zeta-Jones Isabel Lahiri
Andy García Terry Benedict
Don Cheadle Basher Tarr
Bernie Mac Frank Catton
Julia Roberts Tess Ocean
Casey Affleck Virgil Malloy
Scott Caan Turk Malloy
Vincent Cassel François Toulour
Edward Jemison Livingston Dell
Shaobo Qin Yen
Carl Reiner Saul Bloom
Elliott Gould Reuben Tishkoff
Robbie Coltrane Matsui
Eddie Izzard Roman Nagel
Cherry Jones "Molly Star"/Mrs. Caldwell
Jeroen Krabbé Van der Woude
Jared Harris Basher's Engineer
Martina Stella Nagel's Assistant
Ed Kross Bank Officer
Don Tiffany House Painter
Anne-Marguerite Jacques Shop Owner
David Sontag Plainclothes Goon #1
Larry Sontag Plainclothes Goon #2
Dina Connolly Virgil's Fiancée
Nelson Peltz Partygoer
Mini Anden Supermodel
Jennifer Liu Mani-pedi Woman #1
Leah Zhang Mani-Pedi Woman #2
Craig Susser Men's Club Waiter
James M. Schneider Club Heckler
Nerissa Tedesco Palm Reader
Nichelle Hines Assistant Manager
Michael VanDerHeijden Funeral Priest
Johan Widerberg Johan
Jeroen Willems Paul
Chris Tates Paul's Partner
Michael de Lano Casino Manager
David Lindsay Arsenal Bus Driver
Al Faris Frank's Jail Mate
Candice Azzara Saul's Lady
Youma Diakite Toulour Woman #1
Andrea Buhl Toulour Woman #2
Sylvia Kwon Toulour Woman #3
Francesca Lancini Toulour Woman #4
Raquel Faria Toulour Woman #5
Elena Potapova Toulour Woman #6
Jessie Bell Toulour Woman #7
Anne-Solenne Hatte Toulour Woman #8
Denny Mendez Toulour Woman #9
Jerry Weintraub American Businessman
Mattia Sbragia Commissario Giordano
Carlo Antonazzo Security Advisor
Mingming Gao Chinese Mother
Amelie Kahn-Ackermann Chinese Daughter
Luciano Miele Hotel Manager
Antonio DeMatteo Hotel Employee
Ana Caterina Morariu Bruce Willis' Companion
Adriano Giannini Museum Director
Giulio Magnolia Photographer
Dennis DiAngelo Photographer's Assistant
Scott L. Schwartz Bruiser
Giselda Volodi Toulour's Butler
Mathieu Simonet Backpack Kid
Karl A. Brown Train Security #1
Marc Bodnar Train Security #2
Albert Finney Gaspar La Marque
Eddie Jemison Actor

Technical Credits
Steven Soderbergh Director
Peter Andrews Cinematographer
Bruce Berman Executive Producer
Frederic W. Brost Co-producer
Milena Canonero Costumes/Costume Designer
David Holmes Score Composer
Susan Ekins Executive Producer
Tony Fanning Art Director
John Hardy Executive Producer
David Homes Score Composer
Jean-Michel Hugon Art Director
Billy Hunter Set Decoration/Design
Greg Jacobs Asst. Director,Co-producer
Paul Ledford Sound/Sound Designer
Philip Messina Production Designer
Stephen Mirrione Editor
George Nolfi Screenwriter
Lauren Polizzi Set Decoration/Design
Eugenio Ulissi Art Director
Jerry Weintraub Producer
Debra Zane Casting

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