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.

Trivia: Don Cheadle's billing/crediting in the movie was of significant dispute. Cheadle wanted to be mentioned above the title at the end of the movie - "pre title credits" - as a featured actor, along with Clooney, Pitt, and Damon, as opposed to being mentioned after the credits with the remaining cast members. His ask was refused by the director, and in response to that refusal, Cheadle said that he didn't want to be mentioned anywhere in the credits if he couldn't be granted pre-title credits. Cheadle's ask was granted in both Oceans 12 and Oceans 13, and he is mentioned before the title at the end of each movie.

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.

Trivia: In the end, the credits start to roll and the cast is displayed. At the end of the names, it says "Introducing Julia Roberts" - an in-joke by the crew.

Trivia: When Rusty rejoins the poker game to find that Danny has joined them, you can hear Danny talking to one of the people about making the jump from TV to movies and how difficult it must be. That's what George Clooney (Danny) did when he left "ER" (1994).

Trivia: When Rusty is telling Danny what cons they will need to be doing he goes through some names, all of these actually mean a type of con. At the end he says "Not to mention the biggest Ella Fitzgerald I've ever seen" this means that it will have to be staged in advance in the conning world.

Trivia: The "TeenBeats" Rusty is teaching to play poker go uncredited. They are Joshua Jackson (best known as Pacey in "Dawson's Creek," a TV teen drama), Holly Marie-Combs (best known as Piper in "Charmed," a TV drama), Shane West (best known as Landon in "A Walk to Remember," a film), Barry Watson (best known as Matt in "Seventh Heaven," another TV drama) and Topher Grace (best known as Eric on "That 70's Show," a TV comedy).

Trivia: When Saul (posing as Mr. Zerga) collects his briefcase/package one of the "bodyguards" says "ya vas lublu." This is also said in "The Great Escape" (1963) as the only piece of Russian that Danny (Charles Bronson) knows, he translates it as meaning "I love you."


Trivia: The wig Rusty wears as the doctor was used in rehearsals in one of the Austin Powers movies.

Trivia: When Benedict is in the vault, you can see a SWAT team member behind Benedict. It was supposed to be Brad Pitt (Rusty Ryan), but Steven Soderbergh didn't want the audience recognizing Pitt, so the filmmakers had George Clooney (Danny Ocean) come in and put on the helmet and walk behind Benedict.

Trivia: The elevator is actually a card board prop because the casino was too busy to have an elevator held up for the filming.

Trivia: When Rusty is pretending to be a doctor and has just lost his patient in the casino, his melodramatic acting (pulling off his glasses, saying "dammit," etc.) is a good-natured jab at George Clooney (Danny Ocean), who spent many years as a doctor on the TV drama "ER" (1994).

Trivia: In the scene near the end when Andy Garcia realizes that the police he was watching was a video he gets on the walkie talkie and hears from one of his guards " But what did they do with all that money". The voice heard is actually the voice used in the original version.

Trivia: In the theatrical trailer when Danny Ocean is asked by the parole board what he thinks he will be doing when he gets out of prison, he says "well how much do you guys get paid?" This is never shown in the film. The producer asked actual parole board members what would happen if a convict asked this question during a parole hearing, and the board members said they would instantly deny parole.

Trivia: In the scene where the crew is mingling around the pool at Rueben's house, "Clair de Lune" can be heard playing in the background. This is the same song that was playing at the end when the crew was standing at the railing watching the Bellagio water show.


Trivia: The two restaurant scenes where Danny and Tess exchange words were filmed at Picasso restaurant at the Bellagio.


Trivia: Shortly after Rusty talk to the bartender about "running away with his wife", Danny can be seen squeezing his way behind Rusty to the gambling room.

Continuity mistake: Walsh, the casino manager, is with Saul Bloom, watching the briefcase being put into the vault. However, at the exact same time, Walsh is seen escorting Frank Catton from the building. (01:13:15)

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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.


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