Friday, March 29, 2013

Ocean's Eleven (1960)

Director: Lewis Milestone

Starring: Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, Sammy Davis Jr., Peter Lawford, Angie Dickinson, Richard Conte, Cesar Romero, Patrice Wymore, Joey Bishop, Akim Tamiroff, Henry Silva, Ilka Chase, Buddy Lester, Norman Fell, Red Skelton, George Raft, Shirley MacLaine

More info: IMDb

Tagline: Nobody else would have dared it because nobody else would have the nerve! Just Danny Ocean and his 11 pals - the crazy night they blew all the lights in Las Vegas!

Plot: Danny Ocean and his friend Jimmy Foster recruit their buddies to rob four of the biggest casinos in Las Vegas on New Year's Eve. The men are all known to one another and served in the Airborne during the war. The plan is to knock out the electricity supply to the city and for their electrical expert, Tony Bergdorf, to set the wiring so that the activation of the emergency generators would open the doors to all of the cashier's offices. The men take up jobs in the casinos - entertainers, waiters, busboys - and all goes well until Bergdorf has a heart attack just after the robbery. Not only does his death suggest to Jimmy Foster's soon to be father-in-law Duke Santos just who the robbers are, Danny and the men make an important mistake when they think they've found the perfect way to ship the money out of Las Vegas without getting caught.

My rating: 8/10

Will I watch it again? Yes.

I'm a HUGE Rat Pack fan.  Frank, Dean & Sammy are the shit.  I've seen this many times but it's been years since the last time.  It's 127 minutes long but it doesn't feel like it.  The cast is huge, cool and fun.  The music's great (Dean's Ain't That a Kick in the Head is one of my all-time favorite tunes).  In a lot of the scenes you get the feeling these guys really dig each other and they're have a gas doing it.  It's pretty tame as far as heist movies go but I don't watch it for that.  I'm in it to hang around with these fellas and be a part of that scene.  Akim tamiroff (who plays Spyros) is annoying as fuck.  I would LOVE to dub his voice with one that doesn't bug the bejesus out of me.  Cesar Romero is one cool, badass sumbitch and Angie Dickenson is HUBBA HUBBA HUBBA!  And I love the HOLY SHIT ending.  The looks on their faces on that long walk down the strip as the credits roll is pricless.  These cats are cool and that's that.

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