Ocean’s Eleven


oceanseleven01Director Steven Soderbergh and his buddies obviously felt that the best way to spend a vacation would be remaking an old “Rat Pack” movie. This version, an improvement on the original, still carries the burden of a pretty tedious screenplay, but at least the filmmakers do their best to offset it. George Clooney and the rest of the cast are well chosen as the robbers who intend to hit Andy Garcia’s three Vegas casinos. The film is fun, but the most important thing is the director’s sense of style. The whole affair is elegant, perhaps with a touch of Vegas vulgarity, but that comes with the territory.

2001-U.S. 116 min. Color. Widescreen. Directed and photographed by Steven Soderbergh. Cast: George Clooney (Danny Ocean), Matt Damon (Linus Caldwell), Andy Garcia (Terry Benedict), Brad Pitt, Julia Roberts, Casey Affleck… Scott Caan, Elliott Gould, Bernie Mac, Carl Reiner. Cameos: Don Cheadle, Angie Dickinson, Topher Grace.

Trivia: Bruce Willis was allegedly set to appear in the film, but had to drop out. Followed by two sequels, starting with Ocean’s Twelve (2004), and a spin-off, Ocean’s Eight (2018).

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