Ocean's Eleven

Factual error: The EMP wave generated from "The Pinch" would do more than just black out the city. It would also permanently disable any electronic equipment such as cars, mobile phones, TV cameras (like the ones recording the fight), slot machines, computers, in fact any electrical equipment used in the world today, More importantly the entire security system would have been disabled which means that Benedict could not have seen his vault getting robbed from the security room. The only way an electronic device can survive an EMP is if the device is turned off.

Factual error: The actual Las Vegas strip has the Bellagio and Mirage on the same side of the street, separated by Caesar's Palace. MGM Grand is very far down the road towards McCarran Airport. In the film, the Bellagio is across the street from the MGM Grand and the Mirage, with Paris in between the two of them. Bellagio is across the street from Bally's, which is next to Paris. I hope this description isn't too confusing. Furthermore, a wide angle shot of the strip shows the Mirage and MGM Grand right next to each other! Obviously this was a work of computer trickery. In a shot of Basher, before he sets off the pinch, in the Bellagio parking lot, the Bellagio is across the street from Paris. However, to the left of Paris is Bally's, and the Flamingo! Shouldn't the Mirage be in the spot that Bally's occupies, if we're going by the map that Danny Ocean gives us in the scene inside the house, where he first describes the security measures in the vault at the Bellagio? So the Ocean's Eleven version of Las Vegas is not even consistent with itself!

Factual error: In the scene when Clooney and Damon are rappelling down the shaft on steel cables, the come up short of the floor. They pull knives and swipe the cables. No knife would be able to cut a steel cable with one swipe.

Upvote valid corrections to help move entries into the corrections section.

Suggested correction: The cable is actually small enough gauge to be severed by a sharp knife when under the amount of tension created by the (static) suspended loads, i.e. Linus and Danny, although if so, it probably should have broken when their dynamic descent was halted so abruptly.

Cables would be left swinging, therefore setting off the alarm sensors.

Factual error: The security cart that Yen hides in is supposed to be airtight. But when Rusty (Brad Pitt) closes the lid on the cart after Yen has entered it, the front left side pops back up slightly. That gap would prevent the cart from being airtight. (01:10:55)

Ocean's Eleven mistake picture

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)

More mistakes in Ocean's Eleven

Virgil Malloy: Are you a man?
Turk Malloy: Yes, nineteen.
Virgil Malloy: Are you alive?
Turk Malloy: Yes, eighteen.
Virgil Malloy: Evel Knievel.
Turk Malloy: ...shit.

More quotes from Ocean's Eleven

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.

More trivia for Ocean's Eleven

Join the mailing list

Separate from membership, this is to get updates about mistakes in recent releases. Addresses are not passed on to any third party, and are used solely for direct communication from this site. You can unsubscribe at any time.

Check out the mistake & trivia books, on Kindle and in paperback.