A band of soldier friends from the 82nd airborne regroup 15 years later to rob millions of dollars from five Las Vegas casinos. When one of the eleven's future step-father learns who pulled the job, the crew must find a way to smuggle the loot out of town before their payoff is cut in half. Written by
While discussing the heist with his gang, Danny states that it takes exactly 1 minute and 38 seconds to sing Auld Lang Syne, and that this is critical to timing the length of the planned electrical blackout during which they will rob the casinos. However, we later see that the song is being played at a different tempo in each casino, which would throw the timing off, making it impossible to coordinate a heist that relies on precision timing. See more »
[to Jimmy as he is getting a massage from a beautiful masseuse]
If you're not careful, buddy boy, she'll rub you out.
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I haven't seen the new remake of this movie yet, but they have some pretty
big shoes to fill. Technically Ocean's Eleven may not be a great film, but
whatever minor plot shortcomings that exist are made up for in spades by
I'm not going to explain the plot, as I'm sure that 50 other people already
have. It's been a while since I've watched an older movie, so I found the
loose-yet-confident chemistry and acting of the brat pack members to be
refreshing. They seemed so natural around each other, which is no surprise
considering that they were buddies in real life. Sammy Davis Jr. was his
usual charismatic self (why didn't he take off with the money??), Dean
Martin seemed to be playing himself, a bit tipsy and sweaty with a drink in
one hand and a smoke in the other, as he does in most of his films, and
Frank Sinatra was also good as the understated womanizing organizer.
However, I thought that Cesar Romero (known for his manic portayal of the
Joker in the 60's Batman tv series) really stole the show right out from
under the overly confident brat pack...I found his performance to be very
commanding and impressive. A nice surprise to see comedian Red Skelton and
Norm Fell (Three's Company's Mr. Roper!) in there as well!
A few things hilariously go unexplained, like how they all managed to get
casino jobs virtually overnnight, but it hardly seemed to matter. You know
this movie is basically just a vehicle for the brat pack, and it's pure
entertainment to just watch all these legends hamming it up, especially
during the couple of musical interludes where you get to hear Dean Martin
and Sammy Davis Jr. croon a few really catchy songs, like E-O Eleven!
At the same time it's also a window into another era, a time of larger than
life Hollywood stars. Another thing that really jumped out at me was how
unabashedly politically incorrect this movie is, showcasing a dramatically
different mentality than what we see in movies today. Ocean's Eleven is a
pure guy flick, where all the women are no more than window dressing and
treated as such by the male characters. As dated as the macho attitude of
the film may seem nowadays (and even already by late 60's standards), I
found it to be a fascinating glimpse into the past when guys were guys and
women were umm, dames! As ironic as it is, I found seeing this old movie
without the typical modern day contrived politically correct preaching to
very refreshing, and somehow strangely rebellious!
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