In prohibition-era Chicago, the corrupt sheriff and Guy Gisborne, a south-side racketeer, knock off the boss Big Jim. Everyone falls in line behind Guy except Robbo, who controls the north ... See full summary »
Sammy Davis Jr.
Eleven friends who know each other from World War II service plan to rob five of the biggest casinos in Las Vegas in one night. They develop a master plan but after the whole thing is over, something goes wrong... Written by
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In the dubbed German version of the film, Frank Sinatra's character's name was changed to Frankie Ocean, probably in order to hook more viewers, who knew Sinatra only as a singer. See more »
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 »
While other movies try to induce the willing suspension of disbelief, this movie goes the entire opposite direction and never lets us forget that these are entertainers putting on a performance. In case you weren't entirely sure, the closing shot leaves no doubt. As one reviewer perfectly describes it, "The blurred boundaries between showbiz and private life seem to have vanished for good." That's quite an accomplishment!
The stars aren't acting, they're partying down in an elaborate role-playing game and inviting you the viewer to play along with them. Join the party and for 2 hours you too can be a swinging, sophisticated member of the rat pack who can simultaneously handle a martini and cigarette in one hand and doesn't have to pause for even a second when somebody asks "what's your drink?". "Ocean's Eleven" is the "Pulp Fiction" of the Kennedy era - a movie that makes you feel hip just to watch it.
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