Ocean’s Eleven Review
7 Dec 2001
Behind the Scene and other Major Plot Points
Danny definitely got under Benedict’s skin concerning Tess. He was then red flagged by security. Was this planned by the team for some reason? I understand the need for drama and tension, but I’d have to believe Danny would realize confronting Benedict like that would have consequences.
Does it help the heist through redirection or messing with Benedict’s head?
Julia Roberts becoming the highest paid actress
The script was sent to Julia Roberts with a $20 bill attached. Included was a note from George that said “I hear you’re getting 20 a picture now“. This of course is a joke referencing Julia Roberts becoming the highest paid actress at $20 million per picture.
The scene at the fountain
Matt Damon said the scene at the fountain was the last thing they shot and “oddly emotional.”
Steven Soderbergh wanted the actors to hang out
on set to make sure they had good chemistry. During downtime, the cast often crowded around Carl Reiner to listen to his stories.
Steven Soderbergh said that the film was an opportunity to give audiences “pleasure from beginning to end.” He wanted it to be “a movie that you just surrender to, without embarrassment and without regret.”
Appearance in Friends TV Show
Four actors/actresses appeared in the television show, Friends (1994). George Clooney,Brad Pitt and Julia Roberts all appear as special guests in single episodes, and Elliott Gould is Monica and Ross Geller’s father, who appears sporadically throughout the series.
It was Elliott Gould’s idea
for his character to smoke a cigar.
Who has the most difficult job to do of the lot?
What about that tiny Asian acrobat?
Well… The “Tiny Asian Acrobat” has to do things he already know how to do, without outside influence. His pass/fail hangs all on his own skill.
Linus/Saul has to influence another person to do something they normally wouldn’t. I’d say that’s a lot more unpredictable and prone to failure, hence more difficult.
Saul. First he has to spend an extensive stretch playing Liman Zerga, including a lot of time in front of the paranoid Terry Benedict. Then he has to fake a heart attack and finally at 80 whatever years old he is he has to zip line down into the vault and help the guys carry out the money.
Why would Tess reconcile with Ocean at the end?
As Ocean is being arrested and escorted away by the cops, Tess comes running after him and is all kissy kissy and says, or at least implies, she wants to get back together with him after he gets out of jail. Why!?!?! I can see her dumping Benedict. But to save my life, I don’t get why she would get back together with Ocean. The day before she held quite a bit of animosity for him. Makes it very clear she wants him out of her life. But now….NOW!…. that he’s robbed a casino and committed enough crimes to get him put away forever, she changes her mind and decides he is husband material again? Seriously?
He’s a millionaire now…Instant attraction
I thought this was lazy plot structure. I found no good reason why she would get back together with Ocean. She obviously knew Ocean was up to no-good in Vegas.
No, it makes sense to me. She still loved Danny. Ocean knew it and Benedict also knew it. She was hurt by his prior deception but it was all out in the open at that point after he robbed the casino. Not saying it was a smart choice on her behalf but people do crazy things for love all the time.
It is precisely because he’s “robbed a casino and committed enough crimes to get him put away forever” (nicely put…) that Tess changes her mind. Danny risked life in prison to save Tess from a lifetime wasted on Terry Benedict, and for the outside chance of getting her back. Danny didn’t rob the casinos for money. He robbed them for love. Or at least, mostly for love. Sure, it’s a hokey premise. But this film wasn’t designed to be julien donkey-boy. It’s a love story hiding inside of a caper/heist, action/comedy picture. And for my money, a great picture. Just fun on top of fun on top of more fun.
There are two main moments which tell us that Danny came up w/ this plan to get Tess back, and not really for the money. 1st one:
Rusty: Tell me this is not about her, or I am walking. I am walking off this job right now.
Rusty: Tess. Terry Benedict. Tell me this is not about screwing the guy who’s screwing your wife.
Rusty: Tell me.
Danny: It’s not about that. [pause]
Danny: It’s not entirely about that.
(The pause, and then Danny saying “not entirely about that” tell us that is mostly about that. Maybe even entirely about that, but he just doesn’t wanna admit that to Rusty.)
And then this at the end:
Danny: I told you… I knew what I was doing.
Tess: I didn’t.
What did Danny know he was doing that Tess didn’t? This: Setting up the entire elaborate, dangerous heist so that he could possibly get Tess to watch Benedict admit on live closed circuit security TV that money was more important to him than Tess. When Tess watches this, she realizes what Danny has risked, and why he risked it. The money is just a bonus.
Why didn’t Benedict just kill Clooney?
Perhaps the answer is that Benedict wasn’t sure if Clooney was behind the job, but if Benedict is such a ruthless guy, why would he care whether or not he was sure?
For one thing, he would have been suspected as a known romantic rival.
Secondly, if he’s alive they can follow him back to Benedict’s money, which they appeared to be trying to do at the very end.
RT/Meta Critic Review
Fun-loving, carefully crafted romp(RT).