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Ocean’s Eleven (2001)

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Ocean’s Eleven (2001)


George Clooney
Brad Pitt
Bernie Marc

Directed by Steven Soderbergh

Ocean’s Eleven is a remake of a Rat Pack 1960 movie of the same name that starred Frank Sinatra. This movie is just graceful, that is the word. It features one of the greatest ensemble cast that you can find and having them come together for one purpose and one purpose only to take down a casino. And the merging of these talents was well done by Steven Soderbergh, who was the director and cinematographer of the movie.

Daniel Ocean and his crew made robbing a casino look easy, since all you need is some background cash and a crew of different people with unique skills. If you have these people in your back pocket then you, “the robber” are game enough to take down anybody.

Steven Soderbergh and Clooney came together with the aim of putting this film together and after the wonderful display of acting from all the cast, let’s not forget Julia Robert and Andy Garcia were also in this movie, the movie was well received and led to a trilogy.

The movie is about Danny Ocean (George Clooney), who just got out of jail and the first thing on his mind is to perform the perfect steal. After Danny got out he started to recruit the team members for his heist, they were:

In order of recruitment:
1.       George Clooney as Danny Ocean
2.       Bernie Mac as Frank Catton
3.       Brad Pitt as Rusty Ryan
4.       lliott Gould as Reuben Tishkoff
5.       Casey Affleck as Virgil Malloy
6.       Scott Caan as Turk Malloy
7.       Eddie Jemison as Livingston Dell
8.       Don Cheadle as Basher Tarr
9.       Shaobo Qin as "The Amazing" Yen
10.   Carl Reiner as Saul Bloom
11.   Matt Damon as Linus Caldwell

The job looked impossible but Danny believed they could do it, so together they formed the master plan to take on the Bellagio, The Mirage, and the MGM Grand casinos, these casinos were owned by Terry Benedict (Andy Garcia).

There is also a catch to this heist; Danny’s Ex-Wife (Julia Roberts) is now going out with Benedict.

This movie was extremely popular and the movie grew from just a fun movie to watch, to having a huge fan base that led to the release of two other Ocean crew movies that also had the same cast from here and featured new popular cast. This movie cost nothing less than $85 million to make, due majorly to the cast, but it made its money back and over in the box office and it stands as the best of all the three in the franchise.

My favorite take from the movie is that 50% of the time when Brad Pitt is on screen he is eating something.


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