Danny claims that casinos are "required by law" to keep enough cash on hand to redeem every chip in play.
Not true. there is in fact a set of "formulas" or "guidelines" for cash to be kept by casinos. It generally involves a certain amount for each type of table game open, plus a certain amount for each slot machine of a certain denomination, etc.
Ruben claims that no one had ever before pulled off a successful Las Vegas casino heist, but casino robberies, while relatively uncommon and very dangerous due to the presence of armed guards, happen several times a year and have since the early days of Vegas gambling. In 1992, the Stardust was robbed of more than a half million dollars in cash and chips, and it was several hours before casino staff could pinpoint him as the culprit. He was never caught, and his whereabouts to date are unknown.
Basher tells the group that a "pinch" will disrupt all the "broadband electrical circuitry" within its blast radius, which has nothing to do with hardwired electricity and power grids. "Broadband" implies radio signals that are transmitted over the airwaves, not electrical power to buildings and homes on the power grid. Therefore, the pinch, as defined by Basher, would not have affected any hardwired electrical circuitry, let alone the cars on the roads that blacked out as shown, but only radio communications, including their own.
In the scene where Danny meets Linus in Chicago, Danny refers to Las Vegas as "America's Playground." In fact, that designation belongs to Atlantic City, which was known by this nickname for many years before Las Vegas became a gambling center. Las Vegas has never marketed itself as "America's Playground."
Danny should've threaten to sue Benedict for assault therefore Benedict wouldn't have told Danny's parole officer that he violated the terms of his parole hence Danny wouldn't have to go back to prison.
The casino manager is seen in two places at the same time. First, he is with Saul when the briefcase is being taken to the vault, while at the same time he is meeting Benedict and Linus as they are escorting Frank out of the casino.
When Rusty and Linus are in the conservatory discussing Tess, Rusty is shown eating shrimp cocktail out of a champagne glass. The scene cuts to another camera angle, which shows Rusty eating shrimp cocktail off of a plate.
Chain attached to briefcase is longer when in the vault then when it is transferred to Saul. When Yen opens money cart in vault and briefcase slides off, the chain is longer and the briefcase goes a lot further over the side of the cart.
After the "pinch" goes off, and all power comes back on, the cell phone in Tess's pocket rings. She pulls out the cell phone, and pulls the antenna up, but in the flashback when Danny puts the phone in her pocket, the antenna is already pulled out.
When Terry Benedict asks his employee if there is anything for him (in the high rollers room), he responds that Mr. Zerga in the third position (of the baccarat game) wants to talk to him. Mr. Zerga is actually sitting in the first position originally when speaking to the other player at the table. However, when the camera pans back to look at the table, it appears that Mr. Zerga is in the center of the table facing the dealer, and the other player would be in the 5th position now (he was originally sitting in the 3rd position when talking to Mr. Zerga).
When the Malloys are arguing during the balloon distraction, the camera pans up from the brothers showing the balloon ribbons are at least 4 feet above Virgil's head, but a minute later he just puts up his hand and grabs them.
At the end when all the characters are leaving, Reuben is seen turning around and starting to leave in the wide shot. But in the next shot, Reuben is still at the wall and has yet to turn and walk away.
When the van stops on the tarmac the security guard shoots the tires the van drops cleanly onto its rims. When the guard approaches the van, the hubcaps on the left side are intact, but in the wide shot the left rear hubcap is missing. When the van jumps forward and he spins around the hubcap is back.
In the scene where Rusty is convincing Saul to become a member of the team at the dog races, an African-American couple can be seen in the background walking across the scene in the same direction twice in two consecutive shots.
In the scene where Livingston tells Danny that guards will be watching him like hawks with video cameras, you can see Reuben removing the cigar and blowing smoke out of his mouth. But in the next above-shot, you can see the cigar magically appear in his mouth again and he removes it and blows out smoke again.
At the beginning of the transportation scene the car salesman has two pens in his jacket pocket, then he only has one in the next scene. He then shakes Frank Catton's hand and they again show him having two pens. After he makes a deal for $16,000 they show him with only one pen. (not visible in widescreen version)
When Linus gets out of the white van to go join the rest of the crew stealing the Pinch, the camera takes a shot including Linus walking towards the door and the rear right side of the van. In the reflection off the side of the van, 4 crew members are visible sitting down.
During the scene in which Danny explains the security of the
Bellagio vault a map is displayed on the screen which shows a portion of the Las Vegas strip. It is incorrect in that it places the MGM Grand casino in the place where the Aladdin (now Planet Hollywood) casino should be. If the MGM Grand were placed in its correct position, it would be partially off the screen.
At one point during the movie Danny says to Linus "Before you can crawl you have to walk." Although he is essentially saying Linus is just learning, the phrase was said backward. The correct order of the expression is "Before you can walk you have to crawl."
When Danny is getting his beating from Bruiser, it cuts to show the two guards outside who can hear every little noise in the room. How is it, then, that they did not hear Danny and Bruiser corroborating, "Bruiser! Not until later". "Sorry, Danny!" and the friendly conversation immediately following.
Despite repeated warnings about Benedict, should he ever find out who was responsible for the heist, the crew leaves all of the equipment behind in their room - which would not only be covered with each of their fingerprints but could possibly be traced back to Reuben as their supplier.
In the first of the movie when Ocean is playing poker in the instruction room, the second bettor "sees your 500 and also raises you 500". This is a string bet and not allowed in normal poker rooms. The correct action would be just to announce "raise 500". However, since they were just taught how to play poker, he wouldn't know that.
When Benedict and Saul/Zerga are waiting for the couriers, they are standing outside the MGM Grand. However, it's strongly implied that the control room and the vault are located at the Bellagio. The Bellagio and MGM Grand are about one mile apart. It is unclear how that distance was covered by Benedict and Zerga within minutes. However, in movie world, locations are apart as far as the writer wants them to be apart, e.g. Duffy Square (the red steps in Times Square) could two minutes away from the Times Square subway station on 42nd street, even though the steps are between 46th and 47th street.
When Saul is talking to Rusty at the Racetrack (Derby Lanes in St. Petersburg), Saul says "...I'm seeing a nice lady who works the unmentionables counter at Macy's". At the time the movie was filmed there were no Macy's in the St. Petersburg area. However, real locations in movies rarely match the reality. Things like this are solely up to the writer.
Rusty asks Danny, "How was the clink? Did you get the cookies I sent?". Danny replies, "Why do you think I came to see you first?" But in fact, Danny had already visited Frank Catton, so Rusty wasn't the first he came to see. However, Danny implies that Rusty thinks he came to see him first. He never actually says it.
Why did Saul need to smuggle the explosives into the vault disguised as jewels inside the briefcase? Yen could have simply brought them with him when he was carted into the vault. However, if you take a closer look at the cash cart, it's hardly big enough to fit in a grown man (even though, Yen is kinda short). Since the hole is circular (through which he enters the cart), it would be nearly impossible to be able to put a rectangular item such as the briefcase (and especially of that size) through that hole. Yen also has the 30-minute oxygen supply, in there, so I'm sure he has other worries than that.
When Livingston Dell is getting the signals of the security system in the casino, he exits the area with his shirt all stained with sweat. He forgets the gadget he uses to do his job and the security guy goes after him to give it back, and reaches him when he's about to exit. At that point, Livingston's shirt is not stained anymore. However, no production will go to the trouble to do "stain continuity".
The total heist would weigh too much to carry out. The U.S. Treasury has the weight of $1,000,000 at 22 pounds. Multiply that by 163 and the total weight from the heist would be 3586 pounds. Divide that by all eleven con men, and each one would have to carry 326 pounds out of the casino.
The winches used by Ocean and Linus to abseil down the elevator shaft are supposedly held to the wall not by permanent magnets but by electromagnets. These would require electronic inverter circuitry to convert the batteries' direct current into alternating current to generate the magnetic field. So why wasn't *that* circuitry disabled by the pinch's EMP?
Rusty informs Benedict that he is being robbed and reveals on the security cameras that there are men in the vault (although it was later revealed to be a prerecorded video). Danny's team stages a S.W.A.T. team shootout in the vault with the supposed burglars. Later Benedict is down in the vault with the team (still disguised as S.W.A.T. officers), believing that the burglars were apprehended since the S.W.A.T team sealed off the only exit. Yet Benedict makes no inquiries about who the burglars are or what became of them after the S.W.A.T. team intervened in the robbery. There is no explanation of how the burglars he saw on the security cameras could have possibly escaped the vault.
When the van backs up to the California Institute of Advanced Science Linus waits inside the van. A few minutes later he exits the van. As he pushes the door closed the light inside the van goes out before the door slams shut.
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Danny supposed to get a really bad beating. But when Benedict goes to see him after he's been robbed, Danny is hardly out of breath, there's not a mark on him and only his shirt is no longer tucked in, yet Benedict and the two guards don't find this at all suspicious.