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Ocean's Eleven (Ocean's 11) - George Clooney, Brad Pitt, Matt Damon, Steven Soderbergh

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Movie propaganda

Are you in or out?

Dapper Danny Ocean (George Clooney) is a man of action. Less than 24 hours into his parole from a New Jersey penitentiary, the wry, charismatic thief is already rolling out his next plan. Following three rules - don't hurt anybody, don't steal from anyone who doesn't deserve it and play the game like you've got nothing to lose - Danny orchestrates the most sophisticated, elaborate casino heist in history.

In one night, Danny's handpicked 11-man crew of specialists - including an ace card sharp (Brad Pitt), a master pickpocket (Matt Damon) and a demolition genius (Don Cheadle) - will attempt to steal over $150 million from a Las Vegas casino owned by Terry Benedict (Andy Garcia), the elegant, ruthless entrepreneur who just happens to be dating Danny's ex-wife Tess (Julia Roberts).

Coincidence or motive? Only Danny knows for sure. To score the cash, he'll have to risk his life and his chance of reconciling with Tess. But if it all goes according to Danny's intricate, nearly impossible plan, he won't have to choose between his stake in the heist and his high-stakes reunion with Tess... or will he?

Target demographic movie keyword propaganda

  • Film crime scam steal rob con art gang thriller romance casino Las Vegas

Persons of interest

  • George Clooney .... Danny Ocean
  • Bernie Mac .... Frank Catton
  • Brad Pitt .... Rusty Ryan
  • Elliott Gould .... Reuben Tishkoff
  • Casey Affleck .... Virgil Malloy
  • Scott Caan .... Turk Malloy
  • Eddie Jemison .... Livingston Dell
  • Shaobo Qin .... Yen
  • Carl Reiner .... Saul Bloom
  • Matt Damon .... Linus Caldwell
  • Joe La Due .... Billy Tim Denham
  • Andy Garcia .... Terry Benedict
  • Michael Delano .... Frank Walsh
  • Julia Roberts .... Tess Ocean
  • Ted Griffin .... Screenwriter (2001)
  • Harry Brown .... Screenwriter (1960)
  • Charles Lederer .... Screenwriter (1960)
  • George Clayton Johnson .... Storywriter (1960)
  • Jack Golden Russell .... Storywriter (1960)
  • Steven Soderbergh .... Director

Cinematic intelligence sources

  • Ocean's Eleven official site
  • Awards and film festivals:
    • ALMA Awards 2002: Won: Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Motion Picture (Andy Garcia)
    • Art Directors Guild 2002: Nominated: Excellence in Production Design Award Feature Film - Contemporary Films (Philip Messina, Keith P Cunningham, Robert Woodruff, Blair Huizingh)
    • BMI Film and TV Awards 2002: Won: BMI Film Music Award (David Holmes)
    • Bogey Awards, Germany 2002: Won: Bogey Award in Gold
    • Broadcast Film Critics Association Awards 2002: Nominated: Best Acting Ensemble
    • Casting Society of America, USA 2002: Nominated: Artios Best Casting for Feature Film, Comedy (Debra Zane)
    • Costume Designers Guild Awards 2002: Nominated: Excellence for Costume Design for Film - Contemporary (Jeffrey Kurland)
    • César Awards 2003: Nominated: Best Foreign Film (Steven Soderbergh)
    • DVD Exclusive Awards 2003: Nominated: DVD Premiere Award - Best Audio Commentary, New Release (Brad Pitt, Andy Garcia, Matt Damon)
    • International Press Academy Golden Satellite Awards 2002: Nominated: Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role, Comedy or Musical (Carl Reiner)
    • Golden Trailer Awards 2002: Nominated: Best Comedy
    • MTV Movie Awards 2002: Nominated: Best Dressed (George Clooney), Best On-Screen Team (Casey Affleck, Scott Caan, Don Cheadle, George Clooney, Matt Damon, Elliott Gould, Eddie Jemison, Bernie Mac, Brad Pitt, Shaobo Qin, Carl Reiner)
    • Motion Picture Sound Editors, USA 2002: Nominated: Golden Reel Award Best Sound Editing - Dialogue and ADR, Domestic Feature Film (Larry Blake, Aaron Glascock)
    • Online Film Critics Society Awards 2004: Nominated: Best Ensemble, Best Original Score (David Holmes)
  • See also Ocean's Twelve, Ocean's Thirteen, Matchstick men
  • Studios and distributors:

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Special Agent Matti

Theatrical report

Ocean's 5½.

While Ocean's Eleven certainly has all the right ingredients to make a tasty dish it turns out to be short on spice. Ironically, it needs more salt. George might be nice enough for the girls to perve at but he's as exciting as blancmange. No-one else in the cast manages to do more than turn up on the right day and say the right lines other than Carl Reiner, who does a great impression of a man dying from a heart attack.

In the end, Ocean's Eleven turns out to be little more than an excuse for some actors and crew to get together and make some more money off an underwhelmed public, an obvious and arrogant parallel of the film's plot.

The best thing about this flick is that it makes you think that the original might just be worth watching, it would certainly be more subtle, especially if you like those old black and white movies with the big cars and the big hair.

Security censorship classification

PG (Medium level violence)

Surveillance time

116 minutes (1:56 hours)

Not for public release in Australia before date

Film: 10 January 2002
DVD retail: 5 June 2002

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