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"Why waste those cute little tricks that the Army taught us just because it's sort of peaceful now?"
Danny Ocean, Ocean's 11

Ocean's 11 is a 1960 heist film which brought five members of the Rat Pack together as well as a mess of other popular actors for a romp around Las Vegas.

Danny Ocean and Jimmy Foster bring together a group of World War II 82nd Airborne veterans for the purposes of robbing five Las Vegas Casinos at midnight on New Years. They plan to knock out the city electricity towers, and rewire the casinos' automatic backup generators so that they will open instead of close the safes. Team members disguised as bellhops and waiters will then sneak out the money under cover of darkness before anyone knows what's happening. The highly trained team has nothing to fear... Until Foster's father-in-law to be, former gangster Duke Santos, shows up in Sin City on the eve of the heist.

Most of you are probably more familiar with the 2001 remake and its sequels.


This film contains examples of:

  • All-Star Cast: Five Rat Pack members as well as many other popular actors and actresses of the time.
  • Badass Crew: Danny Ocean's crew. Being World War II veterans, they know their stuff. Being from the same airborne division, they know each other.
  • The Caper
  • Caper Rationalization: Most members of the team have a reason for wanting all this money that at least they and their friends consider adequate. The fact that they aren't a typical criminal gang is also stressed near the end once the heist goes off, since their tight organization means that there's no underground information to be had about them.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Jimmy
  • The Notable Numeral
  • True Companions: The team decide to take out a share for Bergdorf's widow, instead of hiding it in the coffin with the rest. As a result, she is the only one to benefit from the heist after Bergdorf is cremated
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