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Encyclopedia > Ocean's Eleven (1960 film)
Ocean's Eleven
Directed by Lewis Milestone
Produced by Lewis Milestone
Starring Frank Sinatra
Dean Martin
Sammy Davis Jr.
Peter Lawford
Music by Nelson Riddle
Cinematography William H. Daniels
Distributed by Warner Bros.
Release date(s) August 10, 1960 (U.S. release)
Running time 127 min.
Language English
IMDb profile

Ocean's Eleven is a 1960 heist film directed by Lewis Milestone and starring five Rat Packers: Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, Sammy Davis, Jr., Joey Bishop and Peter Lawford. Other stars included Angie Dickinson, Cesar Romero, Richard Conte, Akim Tamiroff, Henry Silva, Ilka Chase, Norman Fell, Harry Wilson, and Buddy Lester, as well as uncredited cameo appearances by Shirley MacLaine, Red Skelton, and George Raft. The title of this film is also often presented as Ocean's 11. Image File history File links Broom_icon. ... Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ... Lewis Milestone (born Lev Milstein) (September 30, 1895 - September 25, 1980) was an accomplished, and award-winning motion picture director. ... Francis Albert Sinatra (December 12, 1915 – May 14, 1998) was a jazz oriented popular singer and Academy Award-winning actor. ... This article or section does not adequately cite its references or sources. ... Sammy Davis, Jr. ... The Rat Pack. ... Nelson Riddle and Frank Sinatra, 1956 Nelson Smock Riddle, Jr. ... William H. Daniels (December 1, 1901 - June 14, 1970) was a film cinematographer best known as Greta Garbos personal lensman. ... Warner Bros. ... August 10 is the 222nd day of the year (223rd in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... See also: 1959 in film 1960 1961 in film 1950s in film 1960s in film years in film film // Events April 20 - for the first time since coming home from military service in Germany, Elvis Presley returns to Hollywood, California to film G.I. Blues August 10 - Filming of West... A heist film is a movie that has an intricate plot woven around a group of people trying to steal something. ... Lewis Milestone (born Lev Milstein) (September 30, 1895 - September 25, 1980) was an accomplished, and award-winning motion picture director. ... This article or section does not cite any references or sources. ... Francis Albert Sinatra (December 12, 1915 – May 14, 1998) was a jazz oriented popular singer and Academy Award-winning actor. ... This article or section does not adequately cite its references or sources. ... This article is about the entertainer. ... Joey Bishop (born Joseph Abraham Gottlieb on February 3, 1918 in The Bronx, New York, USA) is a Jewish American actor. ... The Rat Pack. ... Angie Dickinson (born September 30, 1931) is a famous American television and film actress who is probably best-known for her Golden Globe-winning role as sultry Sgt. ... Cesar Romero, photographed by Carl Van Vechten, 1934 Cesar Julio Romero, Jr. ... Richard Conte and Gene Tierney in Whirlpool Richard Conte (March 24, 1910 – April 15, 1975) was an American actor who appeared in films such as Ill Cry Tomorrow and The Godfather. ... Akim Tamiroff (October 29, 1899, Tiflis (now Tbilisi), Georgia - September 17, 1972, Palm Springs, California) was an actor of Armenian ethnicity, trained at the Moscow Art Theatre drama school. ... Henry Silva (born September 15, 1928) is an actor of Puerto Rican descent who has played a wide variety of movie roles. ... Ilka Chase (b. ... Fell in the opening credits of Threes Company Norman Fell (born Norman Feld March 24, 1924 – December 14, 1998) was an American film and television actor most famous for his role as landlord Mr. ... Harry Wilson (November 22, 1897 - September 6, 1978) was an American character actor who appeared in over 200 films from 1928 through 1965. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... Shirley MacLaine (born Shirley MacLean Beaty April 24, 1934) is an Academy Award-winning American film and theatre actress, well-known not only for her acting, but for her devotion to her belief in reincarnation. ... Richard Bernard Red Skelton (July 18, 1913 – September 17, 1997) was an American comedian whose greatest impact — in a career which began as a teen circus clown and graduated to vaudeville, Broadway, MGM films, and radio — began when he reached television stardom with The Red Skelton Show (NBC, 1951–1952... Raft in They Drive by Night George Raft (September 26, 1895 - November 24, 1980) was an American film actor most closely identified with his portrayals of gangsters in crime melodramas of the 1930s and 1940s. ...


A remake, directed by Steven Soderbergh, starring George Clooney, Brad Pitt, and Julia Roberts appeared in 2001, followed by Ocean's Twelve in 2004, and Ocean's Thirteen in 2007. This article does not cite any references or sources. ... Steven Andrew Soderbergh (born January 14, 1963 in Atlanta, Georgia) is an American film producer, screenwriter, cinematographer, editor, and Oscar-winning director. ... George Clooney (born May 6, 1955) is an Academy Award and ten-time Golden Globe winning American actor, director, producer and screenwriter, known for his role in the first ten seasons of the long-running television drama ER (1994–99), and his rise as an A-List movie star in... William Bradley Brad Pitt(born December 18, 1963) is an American actor and film producer. ... Julia Fiona Roberts (October 28, 1967) is an Academy Award-winning American film actress and former fashion model. ... This article needs additional references or sources to facilitate its verification. ... Oceans Thirteen is a 2007 film directed by Stephen Soderbergh and starring an ensemble cast. ...


Plot

In the movie, a gang of 11 World War II 82nd Airborne veteran Army Rangers, led by former Sgt. Danny Ocean (Sinatra), get together 12 years after the war to rob five different Las Vegas casinos (Sands, Desert Inn, Flamingo, Riviera and Sahara) on New Year's Eve. Combatants Allied powers: China France Great Britain Soviet Union United States and others Axis powers: Germany Italy Japan and others Commanders Chiang Kai-shek Charles de Gaulle Winston Churchill Joseph Stalin Franklin Roosevelt Adolf Hitler Benito Mussolini Hideki Tōjō Casualties Military dead: 17,000,000 Civilian dead: 33,000... Former crewmembers of the battleship Missouri pose for photos shortly after the Anniversary of the End of World War II ceremony, held aboard the famous ship. ... For further information, see Las Vegas metropolitan area and Las Vegas Strip. ... This article or section does not adequately cite its references or sources. ... The Rat Pack (Peter, Frank, Sammy, and Dean) The Sands Hotel was a legendary Las Vegas, Nevada hotel/casino that operated from December 15, 1952 to June 30, 1996. ... The Desert Inn was a Las Vegas, Nevada hotel/casino that operated from April 24, 1950 to August 28, 2000. ... The Flamingo Las Vegas is a hotel casino located on the famed Las Vegas Strip in Las Vegas, Nevada, and is owned and operated by Harrahs Entertainment. ... The Riviera, or The Riv, is a hotel and casino located on the famed Las Vegas Strip in Las Vegas, Nevada. ...


Lawford plays an ex-Lieutenant, a hero in the war, but now a playboy with no means of his own, living off his wealthy mother. He wants the heist to have his own stake. He discovers that Duke Santos (Romero), an ex-mobster gone straight, is on the verge of marrying his mother. Dean Martin plays another ex-Lieutenant who has to be talked into the heist, and agrees to go along with the plan only to not let the others down. Silva, Martin, Norman Fell, and others work the casinos (Martin, as a lounge performer -- basically, playing himself) scoping out the security guards and laying the hidden trails using an 'infrared dye' in the days before New Years. They also try to provide access and diversions so that Bergdorf the electrician (played by Conte) can scope out the circuit boxes in each casino. In this phase, one sees the cameo from Red Skelton. The sense is that these 'inside men' have secured these jobs well ahead of knowing what the 'mission' or heist specifically was.


The Rat Pack plans the heist with the precision of an Army operation. About two days before the heist, they gather for the briefing where it is all laid out for everyone. This is where Martin's character objects, but finally comes around. Sammy/Josh has a job driving a garbage truck, but also separately killing the power by eventually blowing an electrical transmission tower, out away from town, to cause a general blackout. Josh was a demolition man in the war. Starting about 2 hours before the blackout, Bergdorf covertly 'cross-wires' the backup generator circuits (called "auxiliary motors" in the film) in each of the five casinos. And it's also during this last day, New Years Eve day, that Santos and Foster's mother stop in Las Vegas and run into someone who tells his mother, but not Santos, that both he and Ocean were seen in the area (Foster had told his mother he was up in Squaw Valley). Nothing comes of that, immediately. And in the last minutes, as the electrician has to make the final 'cross-wiring', Shirley MacLaine puts in a 'drunken' cameo where Dean Martin must distract her, momentarily. Midnight, the countdown, New Year's. The camera shows each of the five casinos in turn. Danny Thomas can be seen in one, counting down the seconds. This article or section does not cite any references or sources. ... This article or section is in need of attention from an expert on the subject. ... Waste inside a wheelie bin Waste in a bin bag Waste, rubbish, trash, garbage, or junk is unwanted or undesired material. ... The driver of this DAF tractor with an auto-transport semi-trailer truck prepares to offload Å koda Octavia cars in Cardiff, Wales For other articles with similar names, see Lorry (disambiguation) and truck (disambiguation). ... Lightning strikes during a night-time thunderstorm. ...


Approximately one minute after midnight on New Year's Eve, when everyone in every Vegas casino is singing "Auld Lang Syne" (in unison), the tower is blown. People continue, oblivious, partying in the dark or begin lighting candles, lanterns, etc. In the minutes following, when the backup generators finally come online, they instead simply open the front doors to the cashier cages with silent little clicks, instead of restoring general power. The inside men sneak in, following the infrared trails already laid out, get into the cashier's cages and force the cashiers to sing Auld Lang Syne themselves, while one of the crew goes to the small vault, which is somehow open in each of the five casinos, where they stuff small carryon airline/duffle bags with cash from these vaults. They dump the satchels in small garbage cans out on the street. Then the lights return. The thieves are mostly then outside the casinos, except for those with jobs there, as the two - Sinatra/Ocean and Lawford/Foster - characters walk the block to check in with the others, and see how it went. The quality of this article or section may be compromised by peacock terms. You can help Wikipedia by removing peacock terms. ... This article or section does not cite any references or sources. ... A cashier is a person responsible for totaling the amount due for a purchase and then charging the consumer for that amount. ...


But when crossing the street toward them, Bergdorf has a heart attack in the middle of the Las Vegas Strip and dies. A police car is right there, as a crowd quickly gathers. By the time Ocean and Foster are across the street, Bergdorf is dead. They leave, unobserved. In the morning, Sammy/Josh comes by with the sanitation crew. They simply dump the contents of the trash cans, going to each of the five casinos, and without compacting Josh drives right out to the dump, passing through a sheriff's roadblock without any interference. He grabs the five bags after dumping the load, and hides them in a nearby mound with a sort of cave/tunnel dug into it. And for the meantime, the money stays in the dump. Acute myocardial infarction (AMI or MI), commonly known as a heart attack, is a disease state that occurs when the blood supply to a part of the heart is interrupted. ... The south end of The Strip. ...


Duke Santos offers to recover the casino's money for a third of their loss, 30%. He still has his underworld contacts. The sheriff is instructed by the head casino boss, played by George Raft, to cooperate with Santos. And he accidentally reveals on their first meeting, that Bergdorf died, mentioning the term - 82nd Airborne. Santos is sufficiently curious that he visits the funeral parlor, and pays to have one of the partners call him if anything unusual happens in the disposition of Bergdorf's body. But it's when he returns to his suite and Foster's mother enters to make a call that he finds the thieves. She now knows that her son is in Vegas. And she lets it slip that Ocean was seen, too. And Santos puts it together. He had no rumors or luck from the underworld. The job wasn't pulled by the usual 'heist men'. But here was a coincidence of 82nd Airborne personnel and Foster's mothers suggestion that even more may have come to Las Vegas. Then he's sure. They pulled the job.


Santos then quickly goes to Ocean's hotel room, and finds both him and Martin there. He confronts them with this information and demands half of the take. He sells out the casino bosses' 30% for 50% share. So Martin's character gets an idea. They take all the money and dump it into the coffin of Bergdorf. They take a block of ten thousand dollars and send it to his widow. She then asks to have the coffin sent to San Francisco for burial, where the team surely would be to intercept it and retrieve the cash. However, this plan goes wrong when the wife (Jean Willes) decides to keep the money for her son's education, and the other funeral owner suggests that she simply bury, in fact cremate, her husband's remains in Vegas. A local group from an American Legion chapter serves for part of the ceremony.


The Silva character has been waiting outside, and alerted the team that something was going on, that legionnaires had gone into the funeral home. The entire crew then shows up, in person, at the funeral. But the coffin isn't there. In addition, the other owner phones Santos to report the appearance of these strange men. And Santos quickly shows up and sits down right behind Sinatra. Then suddenly, they start to hear a low roar. They look down at each other and ask - what's that? And a man sitting at the end, in front of Santos replies - cremation. The coffin is being burnt. Santos slumps down in the pew. And each of the team in front slowly turn to their right, each in turn, dumbfounded, until they reach Joey Bishop on the end. He just turns sideway in the pew, disgusted.


The final scene has the group slowly walking along the sidewalk, looking dejected. As Sammy, trailing the group, passes in front of the camera, the large marquee sign behind him is seen to have his name, that of Martin, Sinatra, Lawford and Bishop.


See also

Ocean's Eleven (2001 film) - The Remake This article does not cite any references or sources. ...


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