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For detailed information about the amounts and types of (a) sex and nudity, (b) violence and gore, (c) profanity, (d) alcohol, drugs, and smoking, and (e) frightening and intense scenes in this movie, consult the IMDb Parents Guide for this movie. The Parents Guide for Oceans's Eleven can be found here.

Danny Ocean (Frank Sinatra) gathers together ten of his World War II squadron buddies to rob five of the biggest casinos in Las Vegas -- The Flamingo, Sands, Sahara, Riviera, and Desert Inn -- on New Year's Eve. It's a complicated heist that hinges on knocking out Vegas' electrical transmission tower and resetting the wiring so that the emergency generators open the doors to all of the cashier's offices. All goes well until their electrical expert, Tony Bergdorf (Richard Conte) has a heart attack.

Ocean's Eleven is based on a screenplay written by American screenwriters Harry Brown and Charles Lederer, which in turn was based on a story idea by American screenwriters George Clayton Johnson and Jack Golden Russell. A novelization by George Clayton Johnson titled Ocean's 11 was released in 1960. A movie remake, also titled Ocean's Eleven, was released in 2001.

Who are the eleven?

Besides Danny Ocean and ace electrician Tony Bergdorf, there is Danny's best friend Jimmy Foster (Peter Lawford), entertainer Sam Harmon (Dean Martin), Mushy O'Connors (Joey Bishop), Josh Howard (Sammy Davis Jr.), Roger Corneal (Henry Silva]), Vince Massler (Buddy Lester), Curly Steffans (Richard Benedict), Peter Rheimer (Norman Fell), and cowboy Louis Jackson (Clem Harvey).

How does the movie end?

Knowing that Bergdorf's widow intends to ship Tony's body to San Fransisco for burial, they hide the money in his coffin. However, when the Las Vegas mortuary owner suggests to her that, in order to save money, she should allow the local American Legion chapter to perform a military service, she agrees. When the boys hear about the change in plans, they attend the service. During the service, Mushy notices a strange sound and asks the others what it might be. They are informed that the deceased is being cremated. The final scene shows the remaining ten squadron members walking down the street, their faces filled with disappointment.

Albeit updated and modernized, the Flamingo, the Riviera, and the Sahara are still there. The Desert Inn and the Sands have been demolished and replaced respectively by the Wynn and the Venetian.

Everyone seems to love a good heist movie. Following is a list of films recommended by viewers who have enjoyed Ocean's Eleven. In some films, the heist is successful; in others, things don't work out quite so well. Some films are dramas and some are comedies, but all will keep you on the edge of your seat. The films are listed from earliest to most recent. Recommended heist films from the 50s and 60s include: The Asphalt Jungle (1950), The Lavender Hill Mob (1951), Du rififi chez les hommes (1955), The Killing (1956), I soliti ignoti (1958), The League of Gentlemen (1960), The Honeymoon Machine (1961), Topkapi (1964), Goldfinger (1964), Gambit (1966), The Thomas Crown Affair (1968) [remake: The Thomas Crown Affair (1999)], and The Italian Job (1969) [remake The Italian Job (2003)]. Recommended heist films from the 70s, 80s, and 90s include: Kelly's Heroes (1970), The Getaway (1972) [remake The Getaway (1994)], The Sting (1973)), Dog Day Afternoon (1975), The First Great Train Robbery (1978), A Fish Called Wanda (1988), Seven Thieves (1989), Reservoir Dogs (1992), Killing Zoe (1993), Running Time (1997), and Entrapment (1999). Recommended heist films from the 2000s include: Heist (2001), Matchstick Men (2003), Stander (2003), and Inside Man (2006).

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