Ocean's 11

Critics Consensus

Easygoing but lazy, Ocean's Eleven blithely coasts on the well-established rapport of the Rat Pack royalty.

52%

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Total Count: 29

81%

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User Ratings: 147,171
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During a Los Angeles Christmas, a group of 82nd Airborne vets assembles under the leadership of gamblin' man Danny Ocean (Frank Sinatra) to rip off five Las Vegas casinos just after the stroke of midnight on New Year's Day. Playboy Jimmy Foster (Peter Lawford) joins in the scheme because he's sick of needing his oft-married mother's money, especially now that she's about to wed Duke Santos (Cesar Romero), a self-made man with all sorts of underworld ties. After he receives the news that he could die at any time, newly released convict Anthony Bergdorf (Richard Conte) reluctantly agrees to participate so he can leave some money to his estranged wife and young son. Ocean's own wife, Beatrice (Angie Dickinson), doesn't think much of her husband's promise of a big score to come, but her quiet protests don't dissuade him. With Las Vegas garbage man and fellow vet Josh Howard (Sammy Davis Jr.) and several casino employees among their number, the titular band of thieves have just a few days to get ready for their caper. When Duke Santos, Jimmy's mother, and one of Ocean's discarded paramours all show up in Sin City at the same time as the veterans, the crew's perfect plans face some serious hurdles. ~ Brian J. Dillard, Rovi

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Cast

Frank Sinatra
as Danny Ocean
Dean Martin
as Sam Harmon
Sammy Davis Jr.
as Josh Howard
Peter Lawford
as Jimmy Foster
Angie Dickinson
as Beatrice Ocean
Richard Conte
as Anthony Bergdorf
Cesar Romero
as Duke Santos
Patrice Wymore
as Adele Eckstrom
Joey Bishop
as Mushy O'Connors
Akim Tamiroff
as Spyros Acebos
Henry Silva
as Roger Corneal
Ilka Chase
as Mrs. Restes
Buddy Lester
as Vincent Massler
Richard Benedict
as Curly Stephans
Jean Willes
as Mrs. Bergdorf
Norman Fell
as Peter Rheimer
Clem Harvey
as Louis Jackson
Hank Henry
as Mr. Kelly
Shirley MacLaine
as Motel drunk
George Raft
as Jack Strager
George E. Stone
as Proprietor
Richard Sinatra
as Attendant
Anne Neyland
as Dolores
H.T. Tsiang
as Houseboy
Myrna Ross
as Passenger
Lew Gallo
as Jealous young man
Louis Quinn
as De Wolfe
Mike Jordan
as Bartender
James Waters
as Disposal Attendant
Carmen Phillips
as Hungry girl
Jay Gerard
as Cab Driver
Leonard George
as Police Operator
David Landfield
as Flamingo MC
Eddie Gomez
as Riviera MC
Red Norvo
as Vibraphonist (uncredited)
Tom Middleton
as TV newscaster
Hoot Gibson
as Road Block Deputy
Barbara Sterling
as Second Girl
Rummy Bishop
as Castleman
Gregory Gaye
as Freeman
John Craven
as Cashier
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  • Mar 31, 2016
    It's always fun to look back at the real classics, and this is without a doubt one of them. A movie with the brilliant performances by Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin and Sammy Davis, Jr. is doomed to be a great joyride. And it really is, this movie is incredibly enjoyable and even though it probably ain't one of those cowboy flicks or overly dramatic movies, it is one of the funniest heist movies that has ever been shown on the big screen.
    Lasse G Super Reviewer
  • Dec 18, 2014
    The Rat Pack classic Ocean's 11 is a fun heist film, but puts style over substance. The story follows a group of former Army buddies who come together to pull off a daring New Year's Eve robbery of five Las Vegas casinos. Starring Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, Sammy Davis Jr., Peter Lawford, and Angie Dickinson, the film features an all-star cast. But the performances aren't very good, and a lot of the characters are rather one-note. Also, the heist isn't that engaging or suspenseful. Still, there's a bit of intrigue to some of the characters and whether or not they'll be able to pull off the job. Unfortunately Ocean's 11 hasn't aged that well, and the Rat Pack doesn't have the same juice that it once did.
    Dann M Super Reviewer
  • May 07, 2012
    It would appear as though it's always been a tradition among the "Danny Ocean" franchise to have the biggest of big-name celebs within your ensemble. Well, to be fair, the Rat Pack does sound like some kind of '60s heist group, so it was only a matter time, yet that doesn't make the cast any less impressive for the 1960s. Man, we're talking Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, Peter Lawford, Joey Bishop, Angie Dickinson and, the whitest of them all, Sammy Davis, Jr. If Steve Soderbergh's 2001 version fell as inferior as a remake in no other way, then it was the decision to get Don Cheadle in an attempt to nail this film's concept of having an absurdly white black man, because even with that English accent, Cheadle still paled in comparison to Mr. Davis' looking pale by comparison. Still, that didn't make Davis any less capable of charming as sharply as the rest of his buddies, and with those bubbling charismas making up this ensemble, it's safe to say that this film marked the beginning of the end of the darker heist films, like Stan Kubrick's "The Killing", which definately knew how to live up to the "killing" in its title, which was to be expected from who was, in terms of pushing the brutality envelope, the original Oliver Stone. Still, even with his going on to do stuff as crazy as "A Clockwork Orange", "The Shining", "Full Metal Jacket" and, most horrifying of all - yet for a different reason -, "Eyes Wide Shut", Kubrick was still pushing the envelope by 1950s standards, so maybe "The Killing" wasn't all that crazy, unless, of course, you compare it to this heist film, because in that case, "The Killing" looked like some "Requiem for a Dream" type stuff, which I don't mind too much, for although this film doesn't really have all the depth in the world, at least I'm still having some good ol' fashion fun. Still, as entertaining as this little adventure is, that doesn't mean that the job goes without a hitch. For all of the more contemporary "Ocean's Heists" fans out there, do you remember how absurdly long it felt when they were assembling the team in "Ocean's Twelve"? Well, boys and girls, you haven't seen a thing yet, as this film pads out its development to no end, and yet, it still doesn't end there, for although the film definately tightens up after the extreme overdevelopment, things begin to drag out again from time to time at the body of the film. The film is never dull, yet its periods of excessive padding leave the film to lose a lot of steam and awful fast, making the film disengaging from time to time. As if that's not repelling enough, the dialogue in the film is absolutely awful, and I don't know if that's lapse in aging grace or what, but eitherway, whether it be the cornball banter between our leads or the soapy, melodramatic exchanges between our leads and their loved ones - made worse by the fact that the loved ones in question are probably not coming along for the mission partially because they couldn't be trusted to act their way out of a paper bag, let along a freshly knocked-over casino -, there are plenty of nerves between the fingers of these snappers, making them pinch and sting more than pop. Yeah, and if you thought that line I just made was cheesy enough, just wait until you hear the dialogue in this film. They film may have helped mark the beginning of the fluffier heist film, yet, at the same time, it makes the beginning of a faulty formula of overdrawn development and cheesy dialogue. Still, no matter how faulty that formula is, it often made for an entertaning number, and sure enough, while this film isn't pumped with enough fun to really hit home, the film charms as, if nothing else, quite the character ensemble piece. Taking up almost half of the film, and a little too steadily at that, the development segment better flesh out the characters. Well, sure enough, it does, perhaps a little too thoroughly, and yet, not quite thoroughly enough for you to figure just who is who right away, though ultimately more than enough for you to understand the versatility in the cast and what these people are in the game for. These are some sleazy protagonists, and it takes a lot to make criminal protagonists likable, let alone when they're this sleazy, yet the film ultimately triumphs in giving us just enough motivation and charm for the mammoth ensemble to win you over, and it certainly helps that the mammoth ensemble in question is comprised of classic charmers. True, maybe some of the rather obscure, non-Rat Pack members should have stuck with... whatever it is that they did, because there are a few weak links in this chain of charmers, particularly the the overbearingly hammy Clem Harvey. Still, even Harvey has a way of winning you over, to a certain degree, and if he could pull it off, then you can only imagine how much the head charmers get at you. Well, sure enough, whether it be Dean Martin as the voice of reason, or Sammy Davis, Jr., as the cool and kind of loose eccentric, or Frank Sinatra as the cool, but humanly flawed titular leader, each main muchacho in this operation boasts the slick charisma the Rat Pack was known for. Again, this film's schemes are certainly not spotless, yet they are noble, with enough fleshed-out characters for the star cast to play up to back up this film's intentions sharply enough for the padding and shoddy dialogue to go battled back by the ultimately triumphant charisma that entertains you through and through. Overall, the excessive padding - particularly during the overlong development segment - leaves the film to lose a bit of steam, while the spotty dialogue and other cheesy aspects make the job even less appealing, yet it's ultimately hard to not run with the film in the end, and enjoy it too, as it offers, perhaps too overdeveloped, yet still very fleshed-out characters with charm and dyanmicity, made all the sharper by crackle-pop charisma among the star cast of classic old school charmers who help in making Lewis Milestone's "Ocean's 11" a generally entertaining exploit that's ultimately quite worth taking on. 2.5/5 - Fair
    Cameron J Super Reviewer
  • Dec 02, 2011
    Oceans 11 always is a fun thing to watch, its one of those movies that make us love going to the cinema.
    Bradley W Super Reviewer

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