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Ocean's Eleven
Directed by Steven Soderbergh
Produced by Jerry Weintraub
Written by George C. Johnson
Jack G. Russell
Harry Brown
Charles Lederer
Scott Corwon
Ted Griffin
Starring George Clooney
Brad Pitt
Matt Damon
Andy Garcia
Julia Roberts
Bernie Mac
Don Cheadle
Casey Affleck
Scott Caan
Elliott Gould
Eddie Jemison
with Shaobo Qin
and Carl Reiner
Music by David Holmes
Cinematography Steven Soderbergh
Editing by Stephen Mirrione
Studio Village Roadshow Pictures
Distributed by Warner Bros.
Release date(s) United States
December 5, 2001
Canada
December 7, 2001
Australia
January 10, 2002
United Kingdom
February 15, 2002
Running time 116 minutes
Country United States
Language English
Budget $85,000,000
Gross revenue $450,717,150
Followed by Ocean's Twelve

Ocean's Eleven is a 2001 remake of the 1960 Rat Pack caper film of the same name. The 2001 film was directed by Steven Soderbergh and features an ensemble cast including George Clooney, Brad Pitt, Matt Damon, Don Cheadle, Andy Garcia, and Julia Roberts. The film was a success at the box office and with critics. Soderbergh directed two sequels, Ocean's Twelve in 2004 and Ocean's Thirteen in 2007. George Clooney stated in November 2007 that there will not be any additional sequels.[1]

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Plot

Shortly after being released from a New Jersey prison, Danny Ocean (George Clooney) breaks parole and travels to Los Angeles to meet up with his former partner in crime and close sidekick Rusty Ryan (Brad Pitt) to propose a new scheme he has in mind. The two head to Las Vegas to approach wealthy friend and former casino owner Reuben Tishkoff (Elliott Gould) with a plan to rob the vaults of the Bellagio, The Mirage and the MGM Grand casinos. At first Reuben is very reluctant, knowing himself how much security there is in every casino. However, seeing this as a way to get back at his rival, Terry Benedict (Andy Garcia), owner of the 3 casinos, Reuben eventually finances the operation. By Nevada Gaming Commission rules, the casinos must maintain adequate funds in their vaults to cover all bets, and during the busy casino night coinciding with a boxing match, more than $150 million is expected to be stored in the Bellagio vault. Danny and Rusty begin to recruit former colleagues and other criminal masterminds into their group. The team plans and carries out a series of reconnaissance missions at the Bellagio to learn as much as possible about the security, the lay of the land, and the routines and behaviors of the casino staff. At the same time, they recreate a perfect replica of the Bellagio vault to practice evasion of the vault's formidable security systems. During this planning phase, the team discovers that Danny's ex-wife, Tess Ocean (Julia Roberts), is currently Terry's lover. Rusty urges Danny to drop the plan, saying that "Tess does not split 11 ways", aware that Tess may warn Terry that something is afoot if she sees Danny, but Danny figures this into the plan.

On the night of the fight, the plan is put into effect. Danny himself goes to the casino in order to be seen by Terry, who, as he expects, has him locked up in a storeroom to be beaten up by one of his bouncers. The bouncer, however, is in Danny's pocket, and he allows Danny to escape through a ventilation shaft and meet with his team in the vault. The team activates a stolen pinch device to temporarily disable power from the city, allowing them to breach the vault undetected. As Terry tries to restore order in the casino after the power outage, Rusty anonymously calls him via a cell phone that Danny planted earlier in Tess's coat. He lets him know that his vaults are being robbed and that all the money will be blown up if Terry does not cooperate to load half the money from the vault into a van waiting outside. Terry observes video footage of the vault that confirms Rusty's demands, and concedes to help move the money, but orders his men to follow the van when it departs while also calling a S.W.A.T. team to attack the vault. The S.W.A.T. team's arrival causes a shootout and the explosion of the other half of the money. The S.W.A.T. assures the situation is secure and departs with their equipment, leaving Terry to contemplate the ruins.

Terry realizes that the vault video feed was faked when he notices that the vault's marble-inlay floors are missing the Bellagio logos, which were only very recently installed in the vault. His men following the van find that it is being driven remotely, and is only filled with "flyers for hookers". A flashback reveals that Danny used his vault replica to create the fake video feed. The rest of Danny's team posed as the S.W.A.T. team, and took all of the vault money unchecked. Terry returns to the room where he left Danny, finding that Danny is still there, leaving Terry no way to connect him to the theft. Danny offers to assist Terry in finding the money on the condition that he give up Tess, to which Terry agrees. However, the team routes the live security feed of this conversation to Tess's suite. Angry at being used by Benedict, she leaves him and returns to Danny. Danny is still arrested for violating parole, the police having been tipped off by Benedict, and spends some months in prison. When Danny is released, he is met by Rusty and Tess, and the three drive off, closely followed by Benedict's bodyguards.

Cast

Ocean's Eleven

In order of recruitment:

  1. George Clooney as Danny Ocean - "The Idea Man"
  2. Brad Pitt as Rusty Ryan - "The Detail Man"
  3. Bernie Mac as Frank Catton - "The Inside Man"
  4. Elliott Gould as Reuben Tishkoff - "The Bankroll"
  5. Casey Affleck as Virgil Malloy - "The Getaway"
  6. Scott Caan as Turk Malloy - "The Getway"
  7. Eddie Jemison as Livingston Dell- "The Eye In The Sky"
  8. Don Cheadle as Basher Tarr - "The Basher"
  9. Shaobo Qin as "The Amazing" Yen - "The Grease Man"
  10. Carl Reiner as Saul Bloom - "The High Roller"
  11. Matt Damon as Linus Caldwell - "The Rookie"

Others

Billing

Don Cheadle removed his name from the credits when it wasn't allowed to appear above the title in Ocean's Eleven (2001), presumably because his name would have alphabetically preceded George Clooney's and, unlike with the later sequels, the cast above the title was presented alphabetically (Clooney, Matt Damon, Andy Garcia, Brad Pitt, and Julia Roberts). [2] The producers apparently wanted Clooney, not Cheadle, to be the first name a casual viewer of the advertising would see.

Cameos

Bill Murray was at one point rumored to appear in the film and reprise his old Saturday Night Live character Nick The Lounge Singer.[3]

Cons described

In the beginning of the film, when they begin to work on the plan for the casino heist, Rusty (Pitt) says to Danny (Clooney),

Off the top of my head, I'd say you're looking at a Boesky, a Jim Brown, a Miss Daisy, two Jethros and a Leon Spinks, not to mention the biggest Ella Fitzgerald...ever.

This list of cons was created by director Steven Soderbergh and screenwriter Ted Griffin to describe the type of people and cons needed to knock over the three casinos.[4]

  • Boesky - Saul playing Lyman Zerga. This is a reference to Ivan Boesky, a big-time trader on Wall Street who got caught committing securities fraud. The con is about a wealthy bankroller who has insider information.
  • Jim Brown - the confrontation between Frank Catton and Linus Caldwell, staged to distract Terry Benedict so that Linus can lift the security codes to the vault. Named for the famous American football player Jim Brown.
  • Miss Daisy - the SWAT vehicle used as the getaway car. From the film title Driving Miss Daisy.
  • Two Jethros - "Hillbilly gear-head types" (in this case the Malloy brothers) having a confrontation on the casino floor, during which balloons are used to cover a security camera and distract casino security, allowing Livingston Dell to sneak into the security offices.
  • Leon Spinks - the disruption of the boxing match. This refers to the surprise victory of Leon Spinks over Muhammad Ali.
  • Ella Fitzgerald - the looped tape of the robbery that is played over Benedict's security system. A reference to a 1970s commercial for Memorex, in which a recording of Ella Fitzgerald's voice breaks a glass and the question is posed to the viewer: "Is it live or is it Memorex?"

The character of Terry Benedict is based loosely on Las Vegas casino executive Steve Wynn. At one point, while Benedict is talking to the man he believes is robbing him over the phone, he warns him "to run and hide, because if you're picked up next week in Newport Beach buying a hundred thousand dollar sports car, I will be most disappointed." This is a direct reference to Wynn, whose daughter was kidnapped in 1994. The kidnappers were ultimately discovered when one of them was caught at a Ferrari dealership in Newport Beach attempting to buy a new car using the ransom money.

Entertainment Weekly put "The Ocean's Eleven heist scene" on its end-of-the-decade, "best-of" list, saying, "Featuring three impregnable Vegas casinos and 11 ring-a-ding criminals, Steven Soderbergh's 2001 roll of the dice provided the most winning robbery sequence of the decade."[5]

Reception

Critical

The film received a rating of 80 percent at Rotten Tomatoes.[6] People magazine called the film "pure fun from start to finish,"[7] and included it in its end-of-year Best of Screen list.[8] Newsweek said Ocean's Eleven "bounces along with finger-snapping high spirits," and said that while Soderbergh has "made deeper films, ...this carefree caper movie is nothing to sneeze at."[9] Time magazine's reviewer Richard Corliss criticized the film, saying it "doesn't offer much."

Commercial

Ocean's Eleven had a budget of $85 million. On its opening weekend, it grossed an estimate of $38 million and was the top box office draw for the weekend. The film grossed $183,417,150 in the United States and grossed $267,300,000 overseas leaving a worldwide gross of $450,717,150 making the film a huge box office success. The film is the fifth highest grossing film of 2001.

References

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  2. ^ http://www.impawards.com/2001/oceans_eleven_ver2.html
  3. ^ "Error: no |title= specified when using {{Cite web}}". http://www.coolmoviestuff.com/oceans11_cast01.htm. 
  4. ^ "TV Guide". http://www.tvguide.com/News-Views/Columnists/Ask-FlickChick/?posting=%7B15031A88-203D-41B8-BF9C-27C3E257847C%7D. 
  5. ^ Geier, Thom; Jensen, Jeff; Jordan, Tina; Lyons, Margaret; Markovitz, Adam; Nashawaty, Chris; Pastorek, Whitney; Rice, Lynette; Rottenberg, Josh; Schwartz, Missy; Slezak, Michael; Snierson, Dan; Stack, Tim; Stroup, Kate; Tucker, Ken; Vary, Adam B.; Vozick-Levinson, Simon; Ward, Kate (December 11, 2009), "THE 100 Greatest MOVIES, TV SHOWS, ALBUMS, BOOKS, CHARACTERS, SCENES, EPISODES, SONGS, DRESSES, MUSIC VIDEOS, AND TRENDS THAT ENTERTAINED US OVER THE PAST 10 YEARS". Entertainment Weekly. (1079/1080):74-84
  6. ^ "Ocean's Eleven". Rotten Tomatoes. http://www.rottentomatoes.com/m/oceans_eleven/. Retrieved 2008-02-07. 
  7. ^ Leah Rozen (2001-12-10). "Picks & Pans: Screen". People: 56. 
  8. ^ "Best of Screen". People: 56. 2001-12-31. 
  9. ^ David Ansen (2001-12-17). "Boys Just Wanna Have Fun". Newsweek: 138. 

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Quotes

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From Wikiquote

Ocean's Eleven is a 2001 film, a remake of the 1960 film of the same name which follows a group of cons in their attempt to rob a Las Vegas Casino. The leader of the group, Daniel Ocean, gets together the best of the worst to take a load of money...and something even more precious...from Vegas hot-shot casino owner Terry Benedict. Ocean's Twelve & Ocean's Thirteen are sequels to this movie.

Directed by Steven Soderbergh. Written by George Clayton Johnson and Jack Golden Russell (1960 story), Harry Brown and Charles Lederer (1960 screenplay), Ted Griffin(screenplay)
Are you in or out? taglines

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Danny Ocean

  • [at the end of a poker game] I'm not sure what four nines does, but with the ace I think it's pretty high.
  • Because the house always wins. Play long enough, you never change the stakes, the house takes you. Unless, when that perfect hand comes along, you bet big, and then you take the house.
  • You're either in or you're out. Right now.
  • [to Rusty] Ten oughta do it, don't you think? [Rusty says nothing] You think we need one more? [Rusty still says nothing] You think we need one more. [Yet again, Rusty says nothing] Okay, we'll get one more.

Rusty Ryan

  • [teaching poker to young Hollywood actors] Shane, you've got three pairs. You can't have six cards! You can't have six cards in a five-card game!
  • Did someone call for a doctor?

Linus Caldwell

  • [as Tess walks down the stairs] This is the best part of my day.
  • [the rest of the crew get out of the van, leaving Linus in the back with Turk and Virgil in the front] No no no no, don't leave me with these guys!
  • [Exposing Frank's criminal past to Benedict while pretending to be from the Nevada Gaming Commission] Apparently, he's got a record longer than my... well, it's long.

Basher Tarr

  • Window or aisle, boys? Yeah, we're in deep shit!
  • [to all the guys] So unless we intend to do this job in Reno, we're in barney. [everyone pauses] Barney Rubble. [they look bewildered] Trouble! [the guys finally nod in understanding]
  • [yelling at Linus] You stupid bastard!

Terry Benedict

  • [on the phone] Well, then inform Mr. Levin that he'll be better off watching the fight in front of his television at home... Surely *he* must have HBO.
  • All right, you proved your point. You broke into my vault. Congratulations, you're a dead man.

Tess Ocean

  • [to Benedict] You of all people should know Terry, in your hotel, there's always someone watching.

Saul Bloom

  • Tess is with Benedict now? She's too tall for him.
  • [as Lyman Zerga] I don't believe in weakness... it costs too much.
  • [watches as they rob money from vault] That is the sexiest thing I have ever seen.

Reuben Tishkoff

  • You guys are pros. The best. I'm sure you can make it out of the casino. Of course, lest we forget, once you're out the front door, you're still in the middle of the fucking desert!
  • I know more about casino security than any man alive, I invented it, and it cannot be beaten. They got cameras, they got locks, they got watchers, they got timers, they got vaults, they got enough armed personnel to occupy Paris! [pause] Okay, bad example.
  • [after rejecting Danny and Rusty's plan to rob a casino] Look, we all go way back, and I owe you guys from the thing with the guy in the place, and I'll never forget it.
  • [after opening his door and seeing most of the eleven standing there] What? Did you guys get a group rate or something?
  • [after talking to Linus] It's nice there. You like it? [Linus says yeah] That's wonderful. Get in the goddamn house.

Frank Catton

  • [pretending the Nevada Gaming Commission is racist] They might as well call it whitejack!

Livingston Dell

  • The moment you set foot on that casino floor, they'll be watching you like hawks. Hawks with video cameras.

Other

Yen: [his only line in English] Where the fuck you been?

Turk Malloy: I'm gonna get out of the car and drop you like third period French.

(Playing a game of five-card draw poker)
Topher Grace: Fellas! Fellas! Check this... all... reds! What up, dog!(shows an assortment of hearts and diamonds while an exasperated Rusty only facepalms)

Dialogue

Bartender: [over the noise in the bar] How's the game going?
Rusty: Longest hour of my life.
Bartender: [not hearing him] What?
Rusty: I'm running away with your wife!
Bartender: Great! [grins and flashes Rusty a thumbs-up]

Danny: Now, they tell me I paid my debt to society.
Tess: Funny, I never got a check.

Rusty: You'd need at least a dozen guys doing a combination of cons.
Danny: Like what, do you think?
Rusty: Off the top of my head, I'd say you're looking at a Boeski, a Jim Brown, a Miss Daisy, two Jethros and a Leon Spinks, not to mention the biggest Ella Fitzgerald, ever.

Danny: You remember the day I went out for cigarettes and didn't come back? You must have noticed. [goes to sit down]
Tess: I don't smoke. Don't sit.

[last minute tips for Linus]
Rusty: Where you gonna put your hands?
[Linus places his hands on briefcase handle]
Rusty: No good.
[Linus touches his tie]
Rusty: Don't touch your tie. Look at me. Okay. I ask you a question, you have to think of the answer. Where do you look?
[Linus looks down]
Rusty: No good. You look down, they know you're lying. And up, they know you don't know the truth. Don't use seven words when four will do. Don't shift your weight, look always at your mark but don't stare, be specific but not memorable, be funny but don't make him laugh. He's got to like you then forget you the moment you've left his side. And for God's sake, whatever you do, don't, under any circumstances--
Livingston: Rus?
Rusty: Yeah?
Livingston: Come look at this?
Rusty: Sure.

Terry: [On the phone]Who the hell is this?
Rusty: The man who's robbing you.

[last lines]
[Danny has just gotten out of jail]
Danny: Hi.
Tess: Hi. We need to get Rusty a girl.
Rusty: There's a women's prison down the road.
Danny: [noticing Tess is wearing her wedding ring] You said that you sold this.
Tess: I said that.
Danny: Liar.
Tess: Thief.
[they kiss]

Rusty (As Danny walks out of prison in a tux) I hope to god you were the groom.
Danny (Looking at Rusty's outfit) Ted Nugent called, he wants his shirt back.

Rusty: You scared?
Linus: You suicidal?
Rusty: Only in the morning.

Danny: Does he make you laugh?
Tess: He doesn't make me cry.

Danny: Thirteen million and you drive this piece of shit cross country to pick me up?
Rusty: Blew it all on the suit.

Rusty: Wait, the Bellagio, the Mirage...These are Terry Benedict's places.
Danny: Yes they are. You think he'll mind?
Rusty: More than somewhat.

Danny: There's a ninety-five pound Chinese man with a hundred sixty million dollars behind this door.
Linus: Let's get him out.

Danny: It's never been tried.
Reuben: Ho, ho... "It's never been tried." Oh, it's been tried. A few guys even came close. You know the three most successful robberies in the history of Vegas?
[flashback - the gaming room at the Horseshow, in black-and-white]
Reuben: [voiceover] Number three, the Bronze Medal - pencil-neck grabs a lockbox at the Horseshoe...
[a man grabs a lockbox out of a guard's hand and runs for the door, and six guards instantly tackle him to the floor]
Reuben: He got two steps closer to the door than any living soul before him.
[cut to the present]
Reuben: Second most successful robbery...
[flashback - the gaming room at the Flamingo, in grainy color. A long-haired man is running for the door, clutching a bag]
Reuben: The Flamingo in '71. This guy actually tasted fresh oxygen before they grabbed him.
[the man gets within a few feet of the door, before a guard clotheslines him across the neck with a nightstick]
Reuben: Of course, he was breathing out of a hose for the next three weeks. Goddamn hippy.
[back to the present]
Reuben: And the *closest* any man has ever come to robbing a Las Vegas casino...
[flashback - outside Caesar's Palace, in color. A man runs out, hunched over an armful of cash, followed by three security guards]
Reuben: ...was outside of Caesar's in '87. He came, he grabbed...
[the three guards shoot the thief in the back]
Reuben: ...they conquered.

[Basher's original plan for knocking out the casino's power has flopped]
Basher: Hang on a minute, hang on... we could use a pinch.
Danny: What's a "pinch"?
Basher: A pinch is a device which creates, like, a cardiac arrest for any broadband electrical circuitry. Better yet, a pinch is a bomb - now, but without the bomb. See, when a nuclear weapon detonates, it unleashes an electromagnetic pulse which shuts down any power source within its blast radius. Now that tends not to matter in most cases, because the nuclear weapon usually destroys anything you might need power for anyway. But see, a pinch creates a similar electromagnetic pulse, but without the fuss of mass destruction and death. So instead of Hiroshima, you'd be getting the seventeenth century.

Reuben: Look, we all go way back and uh, I owe you from the thing with the guy in the place and I'll never forget it.
Danny: That was our pleasure.
Rusty: I'd never been to Belize.

Danny: Why do they always paint hallways that color?
Rusty: They say taupe is very soothing.

Danny: Saul, are you sure you're ready to do this?
Saul: If you ever ask me that question again, Daniel, you will not wake up the following morning.
Danny: [to Reuben] He's ready.

Danny: Tess, you're doing a great job curating the museum, the Vermeer is quite good, simple, vibrant, but his work definitely fell off as he got older.
Tess: Remind you of anyone?
Danny: And I always confuse Monet and Manet. Now which one married his mistress?
Tess: Monet.
Danny: Right, and then Manet had syphilis.
Tess: They also painted occasionally.

Tess: You're a thief and a liar.
Danny: I only lied about being a thief, I don't do that anymore.
Tess: Steal?
Danny: Lie.
Tess: I'm with someone who doesn't have to make that kind of distinction.
Danny: No, he's very clear on both.

Tess: You know what your problem is?
Danny: I only have one?

Rusty: Tell me this is not about her, or I am walking. I am walking off this job right now.
Danny: Who?
Rusty: Tess. Terry Benedict. Tell me this is not about screwing the guy who's screwing your wife.
Danny: Ex-wife.
Rusty: Tell me.
Danny: It's not about that.
[pause]
Danny: It's not entirely about that.
[Rusty turns away, furious.]
Danny: Russ, do you remember what we said back when we first got into this business. We said we were gonna play the game...
Danny, Rusty: Like we had nothing to lose.
Danny: Well, I lost something... I lost someone. That's why I'm here.
[long pause]
Rusty: Okay, here's the problem - now we're stealing two things. And when push comes to shove, and you can't have both, which are you gonna choose? And remember - Tess does not split eleven ways.

Reuben: What have you guys got against Terry Benedict?
Rusty: What do you have against him, that's the question.
Reuben: He torpedoed my casino, muscled me out. Now he's gonna blow it up next month to make way for some gaudy monstrosity! Don't think I don't see what you're doing.
Rusty: What are we doing, Reuben?
Reuben: If you're gonna steal from Terry Benedict, you'd better goddamn know. This sort of thing used to be civilized. You'd hit a guy, he'd whack you, done. But with Benedict... at the end of this, he'd better not know you're involved, not know your names, or think you're dead. Because he'll kill you, and then he'll go to work on you.

[masquerading as an A.T.F. agent, Rusty shoves Basher against a police car, pretending to search him.]
Rusty: [under his breath] Hey, Bash.
Basher: Hey, Russ.
Rusty: How fast can you put something together from what I just slipped you?
Basher: It's done.
[Rusty lifts up Basher, and they slowly leave the crime scene]
Basher: Hey, is Danny about?
Rusty: Yeah, he's waiting around the corner.
Basher: Oh, that's terrific! It will be nice working with proper villains again.
Officer: [shouting] Everybody down, now!
[they break into a run as explosions rock the crime scene]
Basher: Ha-ha-ha! They weren't expecting that shit!
Rusty: Nice work.
Basher: Oh, thank you!

Danny: Second task, power - on the night of the fight, we're gonna throw the switch on Sin City. Basher, it's your show.
Basher: You want broke, blind, or bedlam?
Danny: How about all three?
Basher: Right, it's done.

[while reconnoitering the casinos]
Virgil: [makes a note] He went in at 10:44.
Turk: 10:46, get a watch that works.
Virgil: Dude, you make me sick. It's 10:44.
Turk: 10:46.

Saul: Are you going to tell me? Or should I just say No and get it over with?
Rusty: Saul, you're the best there is. You're in Cooperstown. What do you want?
Saul: Nothing. I've got a duplex now, wall-to-wall, goldfish. I'm seeing a nice lady who works the "Unmentionables" counter at Macy's. I've changed.
Rusty: Guys like us don't change, Saul. We either stay sharp or we get sloppy, we don't change.
Saul: Quit conning me.

Basher: That poxy demo crew haven't used a coaxial feed to batten the main line, have they? Instead they've gone and nosed up the backup grid, nosed it right up!
Reuben: [to Livingston] Do you understand any of this?
Livingston: I'll explain later.

Topher Grace: Hey Rus, let me ask you a question. Are you incorporated? Well, if not you should really think about it, 'cause I was talking to my manager...
Rusty: Bernie?
Topher Grace: No, not Bernie, my business manager. You know what? They're both named Bernie. Anyway, he was saying that because what we do here is kind of like research for a future like gig or whatever. I can totally make it a tax write off. The only thing is, and this is like *his* thing and it's stupid, is I'd have to pay you by check.
[Rusty stops and looks at him]
Topher Grace: Or we could stick with the cash. [Rusty nods] You know what? Yeah, let's just stick with the cash.

[sitting in a surveillance van with two FBI agents]
FBI Man #2: Let's see if we can zoom in on that guy...
FBI Man #1: Yeah.
[he reaches for the camera controls]
Livingston: Don't - don't - d-don't... Don't touch that.
FBI Man #1: Why not?
Livingston: Uh, do you see me grabbing the gun out of your holster and just waving it around?
FBI Man #2: Hey, RadioShack, relax.

[watching Linus trapped on the upper floor by security guards]
Virgil Malloy: Shouldn't someone help him?
Basher: Oh, that's a good idea, Albert. Let's hop out of the van and then we can all get nicked!

Rusty: Saul, turn that off, will you?
Saul: [in fake accent] I'll turn it off when I'm ready to...
Rusty: Saul!
Saul: [normal voice] It's off, it's off!

Turk: Watch it, bud.
Virgil: Who you calling bud, pal?
Turk: Who you calling pal, friend?
Virgil: Who you calling friend, jackass?
Turk: Don't call me a jackass.
Virgil: I just did call you a jackass!

Danny: [holds up a black wallet] Hello Linus. Whose is this?
Linus: Who are you?
Danny: A friend of Bobby Caldwell's.
[produces a plane ticket]
Danny: You're either in or you're out. Right now.
Linus: What is it?
Danny: It's a plane ticket. A job offer.
Linus: You're pretty trusting pretty fast.
Danny: Well Bobby has a lot of faith in you.
Linus: Fathers are like that. [pauses] Didn't he tell you? He didn't want me trading on his name.
Danny: Do this job and he'll be trading on yours.

[while they are watching a dozen Chinese acrobats at a circus]
Danny: Which one is the amazing Yen?
Rusty: The little Chinese guy.

[Shaking Billy Tim Denham's hand]
Frank: You have lovely hands. Do you moisturize?
Billy Tim Denham: I'm sorry?
Frank: You know, I've tried all sorts of moisturizers. I even went fragrance free for a whole year. Now my sister, she uses some kind of uh... uh... uh... uh... aloe vera with a little sunscreen in it, and ideally, we should all wear gloves when going to bed, but I found out that that creates a kind of an interference with my... social agenda, you know what I mean. [winks]

Rusty: Why do this?
Danny: Why not do it?
[Rusty shakes his head]
Danny: 'Cause yesterday I walked out of the joint after losing four years of my life and you're cold-decking "Teen Beat" cover boys. [pause] 'Cause the house always wins. Play long enough, you never change the stakes. The house takes you. Unless, when that perfect hand comes along, you bet big, then you take the house.
[another pause]
Rusty: Been practicing this speech, haven't you?
Danny: Little bit. Did I rush it? Felt like I rushed it.
Rusty: No, it was good, I liked it. [elevator starts to close] The "Teen Beat" thing was harsh though.

Terry: I know everything that's happening in my hotels.
Danny: So I should put the towels back?

Tess: Danny was walking through the restaurant when he spotted me.
Terry: Is that right?
Danny: Yeah, imagine the odds.
Terry: "Of all the gin joints in all the world".

Rusty: God, I'm bored!
Danny: You look bored.
Rusty: I am bored!
[long pause]
Rusty: How was the clink? You get the cookies I sent?
Danny: Why do you think I came to see you first?

Saul: I have a question: Say we get into the cage, and through the security doors there and down the elevator we can't move, and past the guards with the guns, and into the vault we can't open...
Rusty: Without being seen by the cameras.
Danny: Oh yeah, sorry, I forgot to mention that.
Saul: Yeah well, say we do all that... uh... we're just supposed to walk out of there with a hundred and fifty million dollars in cash on us, without getting stopped?
[everyone looks at Danny]
Danny: Yeah.
Saul: Oh. Okay.

Linus: Smash and grab job, huh?
Rusty: Slightly more complicated than that.
Linus: Well, yeah.

Danny: You gotta walk before you crawl.
Rusty: Reverse that.

Rusty: What's with the orange?
Saul: My doctor says I need vitamins.
Rusty: So why don't you take vitamins?
Saul: You come here to give me a physical?

Parole Board Member #1: Mr Ocean, the purpose of this hearing is to determine, whether, if released, you are likely to break the law again. While this was your first conviction, you have been implicated, though never charged, in over a dozen other confidence tricks and frauds. What can you tell us about those?
Danny: As you say, ma'am, I was never charged.
Parole Board Member #2: Mr Ocean, what we're trying to find out is was there a reason you chose to commit this crime, or was there a reason you simply got caught this time.
Danny: My wife left me. I was upset. I fell into a self-destructive pattern.
Parole Board Member #3: If released, is it likely you'd fall back into a similar pattern?
Danny: She already left me once. I don't think she'd do it again just for kicks.

[discussing possible candidates for their crew]
Danny: Phil Turenteen...
Rusty: Dead.
Danny: No shit. On the job?
Rusty: Skin cancer.
Danny: You send flowers?
Rusty: Dated his wife for a while.

Reuben: You're Bobby Caldwell's kid. From Chicago. It's nice there, do you like it?
Linus: Yeah.
Reuben: That's wonderful. Now get in the goddamn house.

Danny: We'll need Saul.
Rusty: He won't do it. He got out of the game a year ago.
Danny: Religion?
Rusty: Ulcers.
Danny: ...You could ask him.
Rusty: Hey, I could ask him.

[teaching him how to play poker]
Shane West: Hit me.
Rusty: It's not blackjack.

[in a safe heist]
Basher: All right chaps. Hang on to your knickers.
[He triggers the bomb, and the safe door cracks open. Laughing, Basher dances into the vault - and the alarm goes off]
Basher: Oh leave it out! You tossers! You had one job to do!

Terry: All right. Now I have complied with your every request, would you agree?
Rusty: I would.
Terry: Good, 'cause now I have one of my own. Run and hide, asshole. Run and hide. If you should be picked up next week buying a hundred-thousand dollar sports car in Newport Beach, I am going to be supremely disappointed. Because I want my people to find you, and when they do, rest assured we are not going to hand you over to the police. So my advice to you again is this: run and hide. That is all that I ask.

Danny: All right.
[Bruiser punches Danny]
Danny: Ahh! Jesus, Bruiser, not until later!
Bruiser: Sorry Danny, I forgot.
Danny: It's all right. How's your wife?
Bruiser: Pregnant again.

[Yen practices the vault somersault]
Turk Malloy: Ten says he shorts it.
Frank, Livingston, Saul: Twenty!

[Yen does the real somersault]
Frank: Ten says he shorts it.
Livingston: No, no bet.

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

[teaching poker to young actors]
Rusty: Barry, your turn.
Barry Watson: Uh... four.
Rusty: You don't want four. You want to fold.
Barry Watson: I do? Is that a good thing?

Rusty: 'Wonder what Rueben'll say.
[Cut to Rueben]
Rueben: YOU'RE OUTTA YOUR GODDAMN MINDS!

Danny: I'm not joking, Tess.
Tess: I'm not laughing, Danny.

Danny: Livingston, we're set.
Rusty: Livingston, we're set.
Livingston: Basher, we're set.
Basher: Hang on a minute chief.
Livingston: We don't have a minute, Yen's gonna suffocate.
Basher: Then you'd better leave off bothering me, don't you think?

Basher: Where we at boys?
Livingston: Pins and floor sensors now.
Basher: Blinder.

Shane West: Mr Ocean, what do you do? If you don't mind me asking.
Danny: I don't mind you asking, I just got out of prison. I'll take two.
Joshua Jackson: Why were you in prison?
Danny: I stole things.
Shane West: You stole things? Like jewels?
Rusty: Incan matrimonial headmasks.
Shane West: Is there a lot of money in that? Incan matrimonial -
Danny: - headmasks. Yeah, some.
Rusty: Don't let him fool you, there's boatloads. If you can move them. But you can't. I'll take two.
Danny: My fence seemed confident enough.
Rusty: Dealing in cash you don't need a fence.
Danny: Some people lack vision.
Rusty: Probably everybody on cellblock E.

Reuben: Where are they? That's what I wanna know, where the hell are they?
Saul: [in his fake accent] They *will* be here.
Reuben: "They *will* be here"... Schmuck!

[Linus is removing the lighting panel from the elevator. Danny appears in the space]
Linus: Oh Jesus!
Danny: Now you really didn't think I was gonna sit this one out, did you?
Linus: What, you didn't trust me?
Danny: I do now.

[Danny and Linus prepare to go down the elevator shaft]
Linus: How'd you get here?
Danny: Well, if you give a friend a couple million...
Linus: But what about Rusty, the whole argument? I mean, what was that about?
[Danny laughs]
Linus: Aww, come on, why couldn't you just tell me, why'd you put me through all this?
Danny: Where's the fun in that?

Rusty: Tell me this is not about your wife, tell me this is not about your wife or I walk.
Danny: It's not about Tess, well it's not entirely about Tess.

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