Ocean's Eleven (2001) Poster

George Clooney: Danny Ocean



  • Danny : Ten oughta do it, don't you think?

    Rusty : [Stares away in silence] 

    Danny : You think we need one more?

    Rusty : [remains silent with his head leaning on top of his folded arms while hunched over on the bar] 

    Danny : You think we need one more.

    Rusty : [remains silent] 

    Danny : All right, we'll get one more.

    Rusty : [Blinks] 

  • Danny : [referring to her relationship with Terry]  Does he make you laugh?

    Tess : [sincerely]  He doesn't make me cry.

  • Danny : There's a ninety-five pound Chinese man with a hundred sixty million dollars behind this door.

    Linus : Let's get him out.

    Danny : Yeah.

  • Reuben : [as Danny and Rusty are leaving Reuben's home after lunch]  Look, we all go way back and uh, 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'd never been to Belize.

  • Rusty : I need the reason. Don't say money. Why do this?

    Danny : Why not do it?

    [Rusty shakes his head] 

    Danny : Because yesterday I walked out of the joint after losing four years of my life and you're cold-decking "Teen Beat" cover boys.


    Danny : Because the house always wins. Play long enough, you never change the stakes, the house takes you. Unless, when that perfect hand comes along, you bet big, and then you take the house.

    [another pause] 

    Rusty : Been practicing that speech, haven't you?

    Danny : Little bit. Did I rush it? Felt like I rushed it.

    Rusty : No, it was good, I liked it. "Teen Beat" thing was harsh.

  • [while they are watching a dozen Chinese acrobats at a circus] 

    Danny : Which one is the amazing Yen?

    Rusty : [intentionally being vague]  He's the little Chinese guy.

  • Tess : You know what your problem is?

    Danny : [sarcastically]  I only have one?

  • Danny : Thirteen million and you drive this piece of shit cross country to pick me up?

    Rusty : [sarcastically]  Blew it all on the suit.

  • Danny : [sarcastically to the celebrity amateur poker players implying he's going to win the hand]  I'm not sure what four nines does, but the ace, I think, is pretty high.

  • Danny : Saul, are you sure you're ready to do this?

    Saul : [feeling offended by Danny's show of concern]  If you ever ask me that question again Daniel, you will not wake up the following morning.

    Danny : He's ready.

  • 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 $150,000,000 in cash on us, without getting stopped?

    [pause as everyone turns to look at Danny] 

    Danny : Yeah.

    Saul : [nervously]  Oh. Okay.

  • Rusty : [on Danny walking out of prison in a loosened black-tie suit]  I hope you were the Groom.

    Danny : [on Rusty's attire for picking him up from prison]  Ted Nugent called, he wants his shirt back.

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

    Tess : [sarcastically]  Funny, I never got a check.

  • Rusty : [in Rusty's car with Rusty driving]  God, I'm bored!

    Danny : You look bored.

    Rusty : I am bored!

    [long pause] 

    Rusty : How was the clink? You get the cookies I sent?

    Danny : [sarcastically]  Why do you think I came to see you first?

  • Danny : You gotta walk before you crawl.

    Rusty : Reverse that.

  • Tess : [talking privately over dinner while Tess is waiting for Terry]  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 : [referring to Terry]  I'm with someone who doesn't have to make that kind of distinction.

    Danny : [sarcastically, referring to Terry]  No, he's very clear on both.

  • Reuben : [as Danny and Rusty are leaving Reuben's house after lunch]  Give Dominic your addresses, I got some remaindered furniture I want to send you. Look, just out of curiosity, which three casinos did you geniuses decide to rob?

    Rusty : The Bellagio...

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

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

    Danny : Is that right?

    Rusty : That's right.

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

    Rusty : 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 week to make way for some gaudy monstrosity. Don't think I don't know what you're doing.

    Rusty : What are we doing, Reuben?

    Reuben : If you're gonna steal from Terry Benedict, you'd better goddamn *know*. This sort of 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're going to have to be very careful. Very precise.

    Rusty : Mmm, well-funded.

    Reuben : Yeah. Ya gotta be *nuts*, too. And you're gonna need a crew as *nuts* as you are!


    Reuben : So who've you got in mind?

  • [last lines] 

    [Danny has just got out of jail] 

    Danny : Hi!

    Tess : [in Rusty's car]  Hi. We need to get Rusty a girl.

    Rusty : [jokingly]  There's a women's prison down the road.

    Danny : [noticing Tess is wearing her wedding ring]  You said that you sold this.

    Tess : I said that.

    Danny : Liar.

    Tess : Thief.

    [they kiss] 

  • Rusty : [upset after having realizing Danny lied to him]  Tell me this is not about her, or I am walking. I am walking off this job right now.

    Danny : Who?

    Rusty : Tess. Terry Benedict. Tell me this is not about screwing the guy who's screwing your wife.

    Danny : Ex-wife.

    Rusty : Tell me.

    Danny : It's not about that.


    Danny : It's not entirely about that.

    [Rusty turns away, furious] 

    Danny : Russ, do you remember what we said back when we first got into this business. We said we were gonna play the game...

    Rusty , Danny : Like we had nothing to lose.

    Danny : Well, I lost something... I lost someone. That's why I'm here.

    [long pause] 

    Rusty : Okay, here's the problem. We're stealing two things. And when push comes to shove, and you can't have both, which are you gonna choose? And remember - Tess does not split eleven ways!

  • Rusty : [in an empty office after business hours]  You'd need at least a dozen guys doing a combination of cons.

    Danny : Like what, do you think?

    Rusty : Off the top of my head, I'd say you're looking at a Boeski, a Jim Brown, a Miss Daisy, two Jethros and a Leon Spinks, not to mention the biggest Ella Fitzgerald ever.

  • Tess : [was talking privately over dinner with Danny until Terry finally shows up]  Danny was walking through the restaurant when he spotted me.

    Terry : Is that right?

    Danny : Yeah, imagine the odds.

    Terry : [sarcastically, partially quoting one of Rick's line's from Casablanca]  Of all the gin joints in all the world.

  • [discussing possible candidates for their crew] 

    Danny : Phil Turenteen...

    Rusty : Dead.

    Danny : No shit. On the job?

    Rusty : Skin cancer.

    Danny : Did you send flowers?

    Rusty : Dated his wife for a while.

  • Linus : [Yen's cast is caught in vault door; unaware that Yen is trapped, Danny and Linus try to blow the door but the bomb doesn't go off]  Did you check the batteries?


    Linus : You know, you lose focus in this game for one second...

    Danny : I know, somebody gets hurt. You don't hear Yen complaining.

    [they replace the batteries and the door explodes] 

  • Danny : [during lunch with Reuben with Rusty present]  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 - the gaming room at the Horseshow, in black-and-white] 

    Reuben : [voiceover]  Number three, the Bronze Medal - pencil-neck grabs a lockbox at the Horseshoe...

    [a man grabs a lockbox out of a guard's hand and runs for the door, and six guards instantly tackle him to the floor] 

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

    [cut to the present] 

    Reuben : Second most successful robbery...

    [flashback - the gaming room at the Flamingo, in grainy color. A long-haired man is running for the door, clutching a bag] 

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

    [the man gets within a few feet of the door, before a guard smashes him across the face with a nightstick] 

    Reuben : Of course, he was breathing out of a hose for the next three weeks. Goddamn hippy.

    [back to the present] 

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

    [flashback - outside Caesar's Palace, in color. A man runs out, hunched over an armful of cash, followed by three security guards] 

    Reuben : Was outside of Caesar's in '87. He came, he grabbed...

    [the three guards shoot the thief in the back] 

    Reuben : [security guards shot the robbers as they tried to run away with the stolen money]  They conquered.

  • Danny : [talking privately over dinner while Tess is waiting for Terry]  Tess, you're doing a great job curating the museum, the Vermeer is quite good, simple, vibrant, but his work definitely fell off as he got older.

    Tess : [implying Danny has similarities with Vermeer]  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 : [sarcastically]  They also painted occasionally.

  • Terry : [was talking privately over dinner with Tess until Terry finally shows up]  I know everything that's happening in my hotels.

    Danny : [sarcastically]  So I should put the towels back?

    Terry : [while rubbing Tess's hands]  No, the towels you can keep.

  • Parole Board Member #1 : Mr Ocean, the purpose of this hearing is to determine, whether, if released, you are likely to break the law again. While this was your first conviction, you have been implicated, though never charged, in over a dozen other confidence tricks and frauds. What can you tell us about those?

    Danny : [sitting alone directly in front of the parole board]  As you say, ma'am, I was never charged.

    Parole Board Member #2 : Mr Ocean, what we're trying to find out is was there a reason you chose to commit this crime, or was there a reason you simply got caught this time.

    Danny : [sitting alone directly in front of the parole board]  My wife left me. I was upset. I fell into a self-destructive pattern.

    Parole Board Member #3 : If released, is it likely you'd fall back into a similar pattern?

    Danny : [politely but sarcastically]  She already left me once. I don't think she'd do it again just for kicks.

  • Danny : [watching the monitors]  Why do they always paint hallways that color?

    Rusty : They say taupe is very soothing.

  • Danny : Second task, power - on the night of the fight, we're gonna throw the switch on Sin City. Basher, it's your show.

    Basher : You want broke, blind, or bedlam?

    Danny : How about all three?

    Basher : Right, it's done.

  • Danny : We'll need Saul.

    Rusty : He won't do it. He got out of the game a year ago.

    Danny : Get religion?

    Rusty : Ulcers.

    Danny : ...You could ask him.

    Rusty : Hey, I could ask him.

  • Danny : [over the radio]  Livingston, we're set.

    Rusty : [over the radio]  Livingston, we're set.

    Livingston : [over the radio]  Basher, we're set.

    Basher : [over the radio]  Hang on a minute chief.

    Livingston : [over the radio]  We don't have a minute, Yen's gonna suffocate.

    Basher : [preparing to detonate the pinch]  Well, then you'd better leave off bothering me, don't you think?

  • Topher Grace : [during the celebrity card game]  Mr Ocean, what do you do for a living? If you don't mind me asking.

    Danny : Why would I mind you asking? Two cards. I just got out of prison.

    Topher Grace : Really?

    Joshua Jackson : Well, why were you in prison?

    Danny : I stole things.

    Shane West : You stole things? Like jewels?

    Rusty : Incan matrimonial headmasks.

    Shane West : Any money in those? Incan matrimonial...

    Danny : Headmasks. There's some.

    Rusty : Don't let him fool you, there's boatloads. If you can move them. I'll take one. But you can't.

    Danny : My fence seemed confident enough.

    Rusty : Dealing in cash, you don't need a fence.

    Danny : [referring to Rusty]  Some people lack vision.

    Rusty : [sarcastically]  Probably everybody in cell block E.

  • [Basher's original plan for knocking out the casino's power has flopped] 

    Basher : Hang on a minute, hang on... we could use a pinch.

    Danny : What's a "pinch"?

    Basher : A pinch is a device which creates, like, a cardiac arrest for any broadband electrical circuitry. Better yet, a pinch is a bomb - now, but without the bomb. See, when a nuclear weapon detonates, it unleashes an electromagnetic pulse which shuts down any power source within its blast radius. Now that tends not to matter in most cases, because the nuclear weapon usually destroys anything you might need power for anyway. But see, a pinch creates a similar electromagnetic pulse, but without the fuss of mass destruction and death. So instead of Hiroshima, you'd be getting the seventeenth century.

  • [the rest of the crew get out of the van to enter the building to steal the pinch , with Turk and Virgil in the front; Danny stops Linus] 

    Danny : What are you doing?

    Linus : I'm coming with you.

    Danny : No.

    Linus : What? Oh, no, no...

    [as they shut the doors on him] 

    Linus : [shouts]  Don't leave me with these guys!

  • Danny : [holds up a black wallet in an empty bar]  Hello Linus. Whose is this?

    Linus : Who are you?

    Danny : A friend of Bobby Caldwell's.

    [produces a plane ticket] 

    Danny : You're either in or you're out. Right now.

    Linus : What is it?

    Danny : It's a plane ticket. A job offer.

    Linus : You're pretty trusting pretty fast.

    Danny : Well Bobby has a lot of faith in you.

    Linus : Fathers are like that.

  • Tess : [talking privately over dinner while she's waiting for Terry]  Do you remember what I said when we met?

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

    Tess : And do you? Because you should walk out that door if you don't.

    Danny : I know what I'm doing.

    Terry : [finally shows up]  What are you doing?

  • [last lines before epilogue] 

    [the crew has just pulled off the heist. Danny is in handcuffs being escorted to a police car. Tess runs outside of the casino to find him] 

    Tess : Wait! Wait! Wait. Wait, that's my husband. That's my husband.

    [to Danny knowingly] 

    Tess : Danny...

    Danny : [Smiling]  Tess, I told you... I knew what I was doing.

    Tess : [Tearing up]  I didn't.


    Tess : How long will you be?

    Danny : ...Three to six months, I guess.

    [Danny is placed into the police car. Through the window he smiles at Tess reassuringly. Through teary eyes, Tess smiles back] 

  • Danny : [talking privately over dinner while Tess is waiting for Terry]  You remember the day I went out for cigarettes and didn't come back? You must have noticed.

    [goes to sit down] 

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

  • [first lines] 

    [At Parole Hearing] 

    Woman's Voice : Good Morning.

    Danny : [sitting alone directly in front of the parole board]  Morning.

    Woman's Voice : Please state your name for the record.

    Danny : [sitting alone directly in front of the parole board]  Daniel Ocean.

  • Parole Board Member #1 : Good morning.

    Danny : Morning.

    Parole Board Member #1 : Please state your name for the record.

    Danny : Daniel Ocean.

    Parole Board Member #1 : Thank you. Mr. Ocean, the purpose of this hearing is to determine whether, if released, you are likely to break the law again.

  • Danny : [while Bruiser helps Danny climb into the ventilation system]  How's your wife?

    Bruiser : Pregnant again.

    Danny : Well, that happens.

  • Danny : All right.

    [Bruiser punches Danny] 

    Danny : Ahh! Jesus, Bruiser, not until later!

    Bruiser : [feeling guilty, in a soft voice]  Sorry Danny, I forgot.

    Danny : [pats Bruiser on the side of his head]  It's all right.

  • Danny : I'm not joking, Tess.

    Tess : I'm not laughing, Danny.

  • Danny : [Narrating]  The Nevada Gaming Commission stipulates that a casino must hold and reserve enough cash to cover every chip that's played on its floor. That means on a weekday, by law, it has to carry anywhere between sixty to seventy million dollars in cash and coin; on the weekend it has to carry anywhere between eighty and ninety million; on a fight night, like the one in two weeks from tonight, the night we're going to rob it, one hundred and fifty million. Without breaking a sweat, there's eleven of us, each with an equal share, you do the math.

  • Danny : [Narrating]  First task: reconnaissance. I want to know everything that's going on in all three casinos, the rotation of the dealers, the path of every cash cart, I want to know about everything about every guard and every watcher, anyone with a security pass, I want to know where they're from, what their nicknames are, how they take their coffee, most of all, I want you guys to know these casinos, they're built to keep people in, I want you guys to know the quick routes out. Third task, surveillance: Casino security has an eye and ear on everyone, so we want an eye and ear on them.

  • Rusty : [finalizing their plans to rob three casinos]  The Bellagio and the Mirage. These are Terry Benedict's places.

    Danny : Yes they are. You think he'll mind?

    Rusty : [sarcastically]  More than somewhat.

  • Danny : [after the robbery]  Hey Benedict, how's the other fight going?

    Terry : [Referring to the robbery]  Did you have a hand in this?

    Danny : [Lying]  Did my hand in what?

    Terry : I'm going to ask you one more time: Did you have a hand in this?

    Danny : I have no idea what you're talking about.

  • Danny : [Talking to Terry after having been beaten up by Bruiser while Tess is watching on television]  What if I told you I could get you your money back, would you give up Tess? What would you say?

    Terry : I would say yes.

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