Ocean's Eleven

Ocean's Eleven improves on 1960's Rat Pack original with supernova casting, a slickly updated plot, and Steven Soderbergh's graceful touch behind the camera. Soderbergh reportedly relished the opportunity "to make a movie that has no desire except to give pleasure from beginning to end," and he succeeds on those terms, blessed by the casting of George Clooney as Danny Ocean, the title role originated by Frank Sinatra. Fresh out of jail, Ocean masterminds a plot to steal $163 million from the seemingly impervious vault of Las Vegas's Bellagio casino, not just for the money but to win his ex-wife (Julia Roberts) back from the casino's ruthless owner (Andy Garcia). Soderbergh doesn't scrimp on the caper's comically intricate strategy, but he finds greater joy in assembling a stellar team (including Brad Pitt, Matt Damon, Don Cheadle, and Carl Reiner) and indulging their strengths as actors. The result is a film that's as smooth as a silk suit and just as stylish. --Jeff Shannon

Genre: Crime, Thriller
Production: Warner Bros. Pictures
  4 wins & 20 nominations.
 
IMDB:
7.8
Metacritic:
74
Rotten Tomatoes:
82%
PG-13
Year:
2001
116
$183,349,128
Website
9,680 Views

Reuben:
You're out of you're goddamn minds!...Are you listening to me? You're, both of you nuts! I know more about casino security than any man alive. I invented it. And it cannot be beaten. They got cameras, they got watchers, they got locks, they got timers, they got vaults. They got enough armed personnel to occupy Paris!...Okay, bad example.

Danny:
It's never been tried.

Reuben:
Ho-ho... "It's never been tried." It's been tried. A few guys even came close. You know the three most successful robberies in the history of Vegas?

[Flashback]

Reuben:
[v.o.] Number three, the bronze medal. Pencil neck grabs a lock box at the Horseshoe...

[The thief is almost instantly tackled.]

Reuben:
[v.o.] He got two steps closer to the door than any living soul before him.

[in the present]

Reuben:
Second most successful robbery...

[another flashback]

Reuben:
[v.o.] The Flamingo in '71. This guy actually tasted fresh oxygen before they grabbed him.

[The thief gets within a few feet of the door before getting smashed in the face with a security guard's baton.]

Reuben:
[v.o.] Of course, he was breathing out of a hose for the next three weeks. Goddamn hippie.

[in the present]

Reuben:
And the closest any man has ever come to robbing a Las Vegas Casino...

[another flashback]

Reuben:
[v.o.] Was outside of Caesar's in '87. He came... he grabbed...

[Three security guards shoot the thief in the back.]

Reuben:
[v.o.] They conquered.

[in the present]

Reuben:
But what am I saying? You guys are pros. The best. I'm sure you can make it out of the casino. Of course, lest we forget, once you're out the front door, YOU"RE STILL IN THE MIDDLE OF THE FUCKING DESERT!

Rusty:
You're right. [Looks at Danny] He's right.

Danny:
Reuben, you're right. Our eyes were bigger than our stomachs.

Rusty:
That's exactly what it is, pure ego.

Reuben:
Yeah, yeah, yeah, blah, blah, blah.

Rusty:
Thank you.

Danny:
For lunch.

Rusty:
The Nicoise was delicious.

Danny:
Sorry we bothered you.

Reuben:
[shaking hands] Look, we all go way back, and I owe you from the thing with the guy in the place, and I'll never forget it.

Danny:
That was our pleasure.

Rusty:
I had never been to Belize.

Reuben:
[as they are leaving] Give Dominic your addresses. I got some remained furniture I want to send you. Look, just out of curiosity, which casinos did you geniuses pick to rob?

Rusty:
The Bellagio, The Mirage....

Danny:
The Bellagio, The Mirage and the MGM Grand.

Reuben:
[drops his fork] Those are Terry Benedict's casinos.

Rusty:
Is that right?

Danny:
That's right.

Reuben:
You guys... what do you got against Terry Benedict?

Danny:
What do you have against him, that's the question.

Reuben:
He torpedoed my casino, muscled me out. Now he's gonna blow it up next month to make way for some gaudy monstrosity! Don't think I don't see what you're doing.

Rusty:
What are we doing, Reuben?

Reuben:
You're gonna steal from Terry Benedict, you'd better goddamn KNOW. This sorta thing used to be civilized, you'd hit a guy, he'd whack you, done. But with Benedict... at the end of this, he'd BETTER not know you're involved, not know your names or think you're dead because he'll kill ya, and then he'll go to work on ya.

Danny:
That's why we have to be very careful. Very precise.

Rusty:
Hmm, Well-funded.

Reuben:
Yeah. Ya gotta be NUTS, too. And you're gonna need a crew as NUTS as you are! [pause] Who do ya got in mind?

Danny:
Gentlemen: the 3000 block of Las Vegas Boulevard. Otherwise known as the Bellagio, the Mirage and the M.G.M. Grand. Together, they're the three most profitable casinos in Las Vegas.....Livingston. [Livingston brings up Casino blueprints] This is the vault at the Bellagio. Located below the Strip, beneath two hundred feet of solid earth. It safeguards every dime that comes through each of the three casinos above it. [pause] And we're going to rob it.

Linus:
Smash-and-grab job, huh?

Rusty:
Slightly more complicated than that.

Linus:
Well, yeah.

Danny:
This is courtesy of Frank Catton, new Black Jack dealer at the Bellagio. Okay. Bad news first. This place houses a security system which rivals most nuclear missile silos. First: we have to get within the casino cages. Which anybody will tell ya it takes more than a smile. Next: through these doors, each of which requires a different six-digit code changed every twelve hours. Past those lies the elevator, and this is where it gets tricky: the elevator won't move without authorized fingerprint identification...

Rusty:
Which we can't fake.

Danny:
And vocal confirmations from both the security system within the Bellagio and the vault below.

Rusty:
Which we won't get.

Danny:
Furthermore, the elevator shaft is rigged with motion detectors.

Rusty:
Meaning if we were to manually override the lift, the shaft's exit would lock down automatically and we'd be trapped.

Danny:
Now once we get down the shaft, though, then it's a piece of cake: just two more guards with Uzis and the most elaborate vault door ever conceived by man. Any questions?

[Yen speaks in Mandarin, basically asking "What about tunneling into the vaults?"]

Rusty:
No. Tunneling is out. There are sensors monitoring the ground a hundred yards in every direction. If a groundhog were to nest there, they'd know about it. Anyone else?

Turk:
You said something about good news?

Danny:
[smiling] The Nevada Gaming Commission stipulates that a casino must hold in reserve enough cash to cover every chip at play on its floor. That means on a week day, by law, it has to carry anywhere between sixty and seventy million dollars in cash and coin. On a weekend, between eighty and ninety million. On a fight night, like the one two weeks from tonight, the night we're going to rob it, at least a hundred and fifty million. Without breaking a sweat. Now there are eleven of us. Each with an equal share. You do the math.

[Virgil whistles]

Rusty:
Exactly.

Saul:
I have a question: Say we get into the cage, and through the security doors there and down the elevator we can't move, and past the guards with the guns, and into the vault we can't open...

Rusty:
Without being seen by the cameras.

Danny:
Oh yeah, sorry, I forgot to mention that.

Saul:
Yeah well, say we do all that... uh... we're just supposed to walk out of there with a hundred and fifty million dollars in cash on us, without getting stopped?

[everyone looks at Danny]

Danny:
Yeah.

Saul:
Oh...Okay. [takes a pill to calm his nerves]

Tess:
You're 30 seconds late. I was about to send out a search... [Looks shocked to see Danny]

Danny:
Hello Tess.

Tess:
What are you doing here?

Danny:
I'm out.

Tess:
You’re out?

Danny:
Of prison. You remember the day that I went for cigarettes and didn't come back; you must've noticed.

Tess:
I don't smoke. Don't sit.

Danny:
Now, they tell me I paid my debt to society.

Tess:
Funny, I never got a check.

Danny:
You're not wearing your ring.

Tess:
I sold it. I don't have a husband or didn't you get the papers?

Danny:
My last day inside.

Tess:
I told you I'd write...Danny, go now before--

Danny:
What? Benedict? [Waiter walks up to table] How you doing? Whiskey and a whiskey

Tess:
Danny.

Danny:
Tess you're doing a great job curating the museum. The Vermeer is quite good. Simple. Vibrant. Although his work definitely fell off as he got older

Tess:
Remind you of anyone?

Danny:
And I always confuse Monet and Manet, now which one married his mistress?

Tess:
Monet.

Danny:
Right, and then Manet had syphilis.

Tess:
They also painted occasionally.

Danny:
[Smiles at Tess] Alright, I'll make this quick. I came here for you. I want to get on with my life. I want you with me.

Tess:
You're a thief and a liar.

Danny:
I only lied about being a thief. I don't do that anymore.

Tess:
Steal.

Danny:
Lie.

Tess:
I'm with someone who doesn't have to make that kind of distinction.

Danny:
No, he's very clear on both.

Tess:
You know what your problem is?

Danny:
I only have one?

Tess:
You've met too many people like you...I'm with Terry now.

Danny:
Does he make you laugh?

Tess:
He doesn't make me cry.

Tess:
See the people you steal things from, they have insurance to compensate them, they get made whole again, I had to leave New York to get away from what happened. How am I gonna get my five years back Danny?

Danny:
You can't. But what you can do is not throw away another five.

Tess:
[Cuts him off] You don't know anything.

Danny:
Tess, Alright you don't love me anymore, you want to make a life with someone else, fine...I'm gonna have to live with that...But not him.

Tess:
Spoken like a true ex-husband.

Danny:
I'm not joking Tess.

Tess:
I'm not laughing Danny...You have to admit there is a bit of a conflict of interest when you give me advice about my love life.

Danny:
Yes..But that doesn't mean that I'm wrong.

Tess:
Do you remember what I said to you when we first met?

Danny:
You said that I better know what I'm doing.

Tess:
Do you? Now? Because truly you should walk out the door if you don't.

Danny:
I know what I'm doing.

[Terry Benedict walks up]

Benedict:
What are you doing?

Danny:
...Just catching up

Tess:
Terry, meet my ex-husband.

Danny:
Danny Ocean.

Benedict:
Mr. Ocean...

[Danny cuts him off]

Danny:
I'm in your seat.

Benedict:
Forgive me for being late, a guest required my attention.

Tess:
That's fine...Danny was walking through the restaurant and spotted me.

Benedict:
Is that right?

Danny:
Yeah, imagine the odds.

Benedict:
"Of all the gin joints in all the world" You recently were released from prison, is that correct?

Danny:
That's right.

Benedict:
How does it feel to be out?

Danny:
About the same.

Tess:
Danny was just about to--

Danny:
I just stopped by to say hi to Tess for old times sake.

Benedict:
Stay and have a drink.

Danny:
[Simultaneously] I can't.

Tess:
[Simultaneously] He can't.

[Danny and Tess share a brief smile]

Benedict:
Well, then, I don't imagine we'll be seeing Mr. Ocean anytime soon, right?

Danny:
You never know.

Benedict:
I know everything that's happening in my hotels.

Danny:
So I should put those towels back.

Benedict:
No, the towels you can keep.

[Benedict gently kisses Tess' hand]

Danny:
Good to see you, Tess.

Tess:
Take care, Danny.

Danny:
Terry.

Benedict:
Danny.

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