Ocean's Eleven

Continuity mistake: When Livingstone (pretending to be the Home technician) is trying to find his way out after hooking into the Casinos security systems, he is seen soaked with sweat on his shirt. A second later, when the Casinos security man is approaching him, the sweat stain has almost disappeared.

Continuity mistake: When Rusty and Linus are talking to each other in the hotel room, Linus is all dressed up in a suit rehearsing his part in the scam. When Rusty says "Where are you gonna put your hands," he puts his hands together, yet in the following shot from the front, his hands are back at his side. (01:01:25)


Ocean's Eleven mistake picture

Continuity mistake: At the very beginning, when Danny is coming up on the elevator into the casino, when he is rising his jacket isn't buttoned, yet in the following shot the jacket is now buttoned half way down. (00:02:30)


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.

Continuity mistake: Near the end, Linus and Danny are waiting at the elevator doors for the gas to take effect on the two guys at the vault door. Danny and Linus open the doors. Danny, in one shot, has his right arm up holding the door open, and in the following shot it is resting on the floor. (01:22:25)


Continuity mistake: When some of the group are taking the Pinch from the institute, at the end of the scene Linus is looking up at the two security guards which are almost standing next to each other. In the following shot one of the guards is just slowly walking up to the other one, even though they were almost together in the previous shot. (00:58:35)


Continuity mistake: When Rusty and Danny are trying to convince Gould to bankroll them, Gould, while eating salad, has four objects next to his right hand. The two-cylinder object changes orientation. From behind Gould, it is turned away from him. From in front of the man, it is turned towards him. (00:15:55)


Ocean's Eleven mistake picture

Continuity mistake: When Basher is sitting on a chair explaining about a "pinch", there is an overhead shot of the group, and Sol is standing shoulder to shoulder with Linus, yet when it cuts to a face shot of all of them Linus is behind Sol. (00:55:20)


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!

Continuity mistake: Just after Yen does his jump in the replica vault, Basher walks in and is explaining what happened. At the end when he says, "Barney Rubble, trouble", Rusty looks away to his right, yet in the following shot he is looking straight at Basher. (00:54:55)


Continuity mistake: Close to the beginning of the film when we see all the group inside of Reuben's house, when it cuts to Rusty in one shot, he has his hands folded or crossed, in the following shot, they are at his side. (00:30:30)


Continuity mistake: All of the SWAT team members are together in a group going down on the elevator. Yet, when Rusty is looking back on the events, Sol is moving slowly and behind the rest of the group because he's getting hurt. (01:35:30 - 01:40:10)

Ocean's Eleven mistake picture

Continuity mistake: When Sal and Rusty are at the dog track, Sal's bottom button is undone and in the next shot it is buttoned. (00:24:30)

Continuity mistake: Close to the end when Linus and Danny are going down the elevator shaft on the wires, when Danny says "go" to Linus, in the overhead shot you see Linus going down quite far ahead of Danny, yet Danny reaches the bottom before Linus. (01:20:35)


Continuity mistake: Early on when Rusty is teaching the actors to play poker, there's a scene when Rusty says "Shane, you've got three pairs...you can't have three pairs. You can't have six cards in a five card game." Look at Topher's (the man who wanted to pay Rusty by check) cards during this scene. At first, he's holding the cards up, then flat on the table, then back up again. (00:07:00)

Ocean's Eleven mistake picture

Continuity mistake: In the scene where we first see Sol getting his ticket for the greyhound race, he grabs the ticket with his left hand, but in the following shot it is in his right hand. (00:22:25)


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.

They were retracted after they were cut. There's enough time for that to happen.

Continuity mistake: Danny and Linus look through the elevator door at the guards outside the vault, it's open to fit both their heads in, it's also like this from their POV shot. But when they throw the gas grenade, the door is all the way open and Danny has to stretch to close it. (01:25:25)

Continuity mistake: Danny's hairstyle changes dramatically in some scenes in the movie. Most notably when he and Rusty are in the office building looking at the blueprints of the hotel vault. It looks like he just got a haircut. In the previous scene and next scene his hair looks longer and styled different. (00:12:15)

Continuity mistake: When Rusty is talking to Saul at the race track, Rusty leans over to tell Saul what they are planning to do. Rusty moves his face to Saul's ear and begins to whisper. In the next shot he is looking away from Saul and whispering without turning his head. (00:24:15)


More quotes from Ocean's Eleven

Trivia: The order in which people left the fountain was completely improvised - Steven Soderbergh just told the actors to leave in whatever order they felt was right.

More trivia for Ocean's Eleven

Question: Benedict goes down to the security center after receiving the call from Rusty that it's being robbed. Benedict tells Mr. Walsh to "make the call" and the "SWAT" team comes in. They tell Benedict to cut the power, then an explosion is set off, and so on. But what Benedict and everyone in the security center are actually seeing is a staged event, though it's all happening at the same time. Even if the "eleven" had timed it down to the last second of how things were going to happen, it would have been lapsed due to the few seconds wasted when Danny and Linus had to change the batteries in the trigger for the vault. So, I guess my question is, what are the chances that the tape and actual events would run in time together?

Answer: The battery-related delay doesn't matter - Rusty doesn't call Benedict until after the vault has been successfully breached. Up to that point, Livingston is simply running a looped image of the undisturbed vault. Only once Benedict has reached the control room does the tape of the fake vault start running. This just shows the preparation of the bags and the robbers generally wandering around the vault. Danny and co, down in the vault, would know how roughly long to leave it from the start of the tape to sending the bags up, and they know that the tape will start within a few minutes of them breaching the vault, so that's no real problem, timing-wise. The fake SWAT team show up and head down the liftshaft to the vault area. They then tell Benedict to cut all power to the vault, which he does, and all his screens showing what's going on go blank. During that time, they throw an explosive into the vault and it detonates. When Benedict brings the power back up, he's not looking at the tape any more - he's now seeing real images from the vault cameras. At no point is split-second timing required, nor do they have to worry about the tape being out of time with real events.

Tailkinker Premium member

More questions & answers from 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.