Film / Ocean's 11

"Why waste those cute little tricks that the Army taught us just because it's sort of peaceful now?"
Danny Ocean

Ocean's 11 is a 1960 heist film which brought five members of the Rat Pack together as well as a mess of other popular actors for a romp around Las Vegas.

Danny Ocean and Jimmy Foster bring together a group of World War II 82nd Airborne veterans for the purposes of robbing five Las Vegas Casinos at midnight on New Year's Eve. They plan to knock out the city electricity towers, and rewire the casinos' automatic backup generators so that they will open instead of close the safes. Team members disguised as bellhops and waiters will then sneak out the money under cover of darkness before anyone knows what's happening. The highly trained team has nothing to fear... Until Foster's father-in-law to be, former gangster Duke Santos, shows up in Sin City on the eve of the heist.

Most of you are probably more familiar with the 2001 remake and its sequels.

This film contains examples of:

  • Badass Crew: Danny Ocean's crew. Being World War II veterans, they know their stuff. Being from the same airborne division, they know each other.
  • The Caper
  • Caper Rationalization: Most members of the team have a reason for wanting all this money that at least they and their friends consider adequate. The fact that they aren't a typical criminal gang is also stressed near the end once the heist goes off, since their tight organization means that there's no underground information to be had about them.
  • Celebrity Paradox: At the end of the film, the cast walks past the Sands hotel, which has an advertisement for their entertainment: the cast. Dean Martin plays a singer, Sam Harmon, and nobody mentions how they look similar.
  • Coffin Contraband: Danny Ocean and his crew plan on smuggling back the money stolen from the Vegas casinos in a coffin. Their plan is thwarted when the widow opts for cremation.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Jimmy
  • Downer Ending: The crew loses all their money when the container it was smuggled in, a coffin, is cremated. The movie ends with them walking down the street, despondent. On the upside, they're not going to jail — for now.
  • New Year Has Come
  • Nice Job Breaking It, Hero!: Hiding the money in Bergdorf's coffin. His widow decides to cremate him, though noteably, her share of the money isn't in the coffin.
  • The Notable Numeral
  • Shoot The Shaggy Dog Story: Played for Laughs. They succeed, but the money is burnt. Bergdorf is dead. They'll probably get arrested, but it was hilarious.
  • Spanner in the Works: The plan would have gone off perfectly with a getaway if only Bergdorf hadn't suffered a fatal heart attack.
  • True Companions: The team decide to take out a share for Bergdorf's widow, instead of hiding it in the coffin with the rest. As a result, she is the only one to benefit from the heist after Bergdorf is cremated.