Ocean's Eleven

Corrected entry: The car dealer salesman has two pens in his coat pocket, then one, then two, and then back to one. (00:39:40)

Correction: Unless this mistake can only be seen in "Fullscreen", I only see two pens when it first cuts to the salesman. In all other shots the camera is too high to see the pocket where the pens are.


Corrected entry: In the scene where Benedict's men surround the van, you see two tyres been shot out, and three others from a different angle. This means that there are five tyres being blown... (01:37:10)

Correction: In editing it is a fairly common filmmaking technique to repeat or overlap two action shots from different angles, as it intensifies the action.

Corrected entry: Rusty hands Basher a device to rig up to create an explosion and diversion. As the police car begins to smoke, a voice can be heard that yells out "everybody down". It is in fact the voice of Matt Daemon. Later, when the SWAT team is in the elevator and they cut the power, there is another explosion (that of the robbers blowing the safe) and again you hear the same cry out, "everybody down". Again, it is Daemon.

Correction: Given that you actually see Rusty say it in the first instance, it seems unlikely that they would have overdubbed it using Matt Damon. It also sounds very much like Brad Pitt's voice rather than Damon's. The second cry is "Take him down", not "everybody down" - once again, we see this being said on-screen and it's not Damon who says it.

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Corrected entry: When Benedict talks to Rusty on the phone, his security manager tells him that the S.W.A.T. team arrives 10 seconds before Rusty says his last words to Benedict and leaves his phone in the casino. But Rusty is joining the others as part of their fake S.W.A.T. team and we see them entering the vault a minute after. He would not have the time to change from suit (we saw him wearing suit when Tess found him in the casino) to a S.W.A.T. outfit in that time. Even if he went out of the casino the last time we saw him and changed clothes whilst still talking to Benedict, there was only 30 seconds until the arrival of the S.W.A.T. team. (01:30:35)

Correction: Just because only a minute of film goes past between Rusty leaving the phone and the 'SWAT team' entering the vault, it doesn't mean that that's how much time passes in actuality. It would take the 'SWAT team' much longer than a minute just to get themselves and their equipment out of the van (let alone move through the casino and the back corridors to the lift shaft, abseil down and head into the vault). Rusty has more than enough time to get changed.

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Corrected entry: When Brad Pitt and George Clooney leave the room where they looked up the blueprints and go down to wait for the elevator, Brad Pitt is missing his jacket and his tie, which were definitely there when he was playing cards. If the two of them didn't have anything else to do nor anywhere else to go, then where would he leave them?

Correction: You're talking about 2 totally different scenes here, in different buildings (unless Brad was teaching the stars to play poker in the city's municipal building). His jacket and tie could be anywhere between the two. I guess the most obvious place would be in their car.

Corrected entry: Throughout the card game, Russ's sitting position changes from his hands being on the table, to his arms being crossed, and back again as the camera angle changes. (00:07:00)


Correction: Okay, first you didn't say which game. But let's take both, the first one. The camera cuts are in elapsed time, not in one sitting. The second game he isn't in every shot and has time to change.

Corrected entry: In the scene where we first meet Linus, you can see he is holding his pen up to his mouth in the wide shot and then it is placed in his mouth and has moved 90 degrees to be straight along his face. (00:25:25)

Correction: Have you ever heard of elapsed time? That's why it changed, and he needed that hand to grab the wallet.

Corrected entry: When Mr Zerga's case is being brought into the vault, it is seen placed on top of Yens box, and then seen, at the control room, on the screen. When Benedict is looking at the screen while talking to Rusty on the cellophane, there is no black case on top of the boxes. How come had no one of the security man noticed that the case (probably at the fake vault) is missing, after specifically following it before Zerga's "death"?

Correction: They're not watching the vault continuously - they have to switch to the vault cameras when Benedict arrives. With their rather agitated boss in the room, they're not going to be focused too strongly on the screen. Livingston switches over to the tape of the 'robbery' after only a few seconds - it's simply the case that none of them noticed in that short period of time. Once the 'robbery' is revealed, they've got other things to worry about.

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Corrected entry: Brad Pitt tells George Clooney that he can't be part of the operation. Why doesn't Matt Damon get curious about having two complete sets of cable equipment to go down the elevator laser beam shaft? He thought George Clooney was originally doing it solo, replaced by him, so would only expect one set.

Correction: It is very likely that Linus (Damon) never even opens the brief case to check the equipment. It was ready to go for Danny (Clooney), so there was no need. He didn't open the briefcase until after Danny met up with him, and he has already realized that Danny getting kicked out was staged.

Corrected entry: In the scene where we see Linus (posing as NGC) with Terry; Linus states that he has left his pager behind. Terry then asks if Linus knows his way out before leaving him. As we can see in this scene and previously with Livingston, a security card is required to leave this area. Linus would not have a security card and would certainly not be left alone in this area as he would not be able to pass through the doors to exit. (01:13:40)

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Correction: Terry is in a hurry to get to the fight; he propbably doesn't have time to think about that. Even if Terry was awere of Linus' need to use a security card, he might assume that another staff member in the casino would be nice enough to let this representative of the NGC out with their keycard.

Corrected entry: When the card game begins, Russ opens up a deck of cards and places the deck in front of him. The camera angle changes and Topher is now dealing out the cards. He never handed him the cards. (00:06:20)


Correction: First, Rusty sets the cards directly in front of Josh, and second, Josh has enough time to reach out and grab the cards before we see it from the other angle.


Corrected entry: After the robbery is completed, Danny followed the SWAT team out presumably in the uniform. There is no way he can change out of the uniform fast enough and get back to the room where Bruiser (the man who's supposed to beat up Danny) is and continue the act of being beaten up.

Correction: Danny probably climbed back up the elevator shaft and went through the same ventilation system that he did to break in, while they were packing up as the swat team.

Corrected entry: Two vans are being purchased at the used car dealership. When Basher blows the "pinch," the explosion blows the roof off a white van. Later, a white van is shown rigged for remote control (with a perfectly intact roof). Finally, at the end, viewers are clued in that the SWAT van is theirs as well. That makes three vans, not two.

Correction: The SWAT vehicle was not part of the "two vans" and could not have been purchased at the dealership with the other vans.


Corrected entry: In the scene where the money cart with Yen in it is parked in the vault, the briefcase used is placed on top of the cart Yen is in. The handle used to push the cart is toward the vault door. When Yen is attempting to get out of the cart, the briefcase starts to slip. However, it would be slipping toward the side that has the handle, so the briefase should have been stopped by the handle. Yen is shown grabbing the briefcase just before it slips off the cart, but from the camera angle, the handle is not there as it should be stopping the case from slipping off. (01:21:50)

Correction: If you look quickly, you will notice that the briefcase actually slides between the handle and the cart before Yen catches it.

Corrected entry: When Andy Garcia says "walsh" after he notices that there is no money in the vault, we can see how destroyed the inside of the vault is. If there had been an explosion that big the Amazing Yang would have died, or at the very least bleeding due to ruptured eardrums.

Correction: Remember that they throw a second explosive into the vault during their SWAT team masquerade - it's this detonation that wrecks the vault, not the initial one that blows the door. Yen was well out of the way for the second, larger blast.

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Corrected entry: After the lights turn back on the motion detectors turn on as well. If that is so then the motion detectors inside the vault would be active as well. Those would go off when the vault door explodes due to all the debris being scattered about.

Correction: According to dialogue in the film, the blast that destroys the door locking mechanism also takes out the floor sensors.

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Corrected entry: When the white van is at the airport getting its tires shot out we can see that there is water coming out of the exhaust. Water only comes out of the exhaust the first couple of minutes after a completely cold car is started due to the condensation. Warm cars do not have water coming out of the exhaust, and since the van was driven all the way to the casino and then to the airport there shouldn't be any water.

Correction: Not entirely true. It depends what the temperature difference between the exhaust and the outside air is. On cold days, and usually at night water will drip out of the tail pipe no matter if the car is hot because the cool outside air will cool off the ends of the exhausts pipe, letting water condensate inside. This scene does take place at night, and in the desert where it gets freezing at night.


Corrected entry: An electromagnetic pulse fries any electrical circuits that are in the blast radius, which means that electricity would not come back on at all; the bomb would not just shut it off then back on.

Correction: The pulse was only supposed to disrupt the electricity for a time, which it did. Now how they "scientifically" effected this reaction is the real mystery.

Corrected entry: Danny's trigger for the bombs has four LEDs along the top, none are lit. When Linus replaces the batteries you can see from their explosion reaction shot, from behind, that they are lit. But when we see them from the front, they are no longer lit.

Correction: They probably light up only when they actually trigger the explosion, then turn off again after the signal is sent.

Corrected entry: In the scene when the "swat team" have been sent in to stop the thieves with the money in the vault, they ask for the power to be cut. When this happens the lights go out, and the security monitor screens go black. But the "No Signal" message also appears on the screen. Meaning either the input to the monitors have been pulled out, or the cameras have been turned off. Security cameras would not be running on the same power as the lights in the area near a vault, and even if they were, the "No Signal" message still wouldn't appear as they would be connected to a computer.

Correction: The techs in the security room cut all power to the vault level. This would include the cameras.

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Continuity mistake: Linus and Rusty are standing in the Botanical Garden at the Bellagio going over Linus' observations. Rusty has a cocktail glass of shrimp in hand. When they change angles he has a plate in his hand, then change back, it's a glass. Full screen version. (00:43:40)

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Trivia: Rusty Ryan is eating in nearly every scene he is in - on the DVD, there is a commentary by Brad Pitt (Rusty), where he says that during filming, he realized that since his character is so busy, he would have to eat whenever he got a chance, so he and the director decided to have him eating in every scene.

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