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Ocean's 13 (2007)


Plot Summary: After Rueben Tishkoff (Elliot Guild) is strong-armed into relinquishing his interest in a new casino to his partner, Willy Bank (Al Pacino), Danny Ocean (George Clooney), Rusty Ryan (Brad Pitt), and Linus Caldwell (Matt Damon) and the rest of Ocean's 11 hatch a plan to avenge Reuben. However, this time, they don't need to win as much as they need the Bank to lose.


Cast:

  • Steven Soderbergh as Director

  • Brian Koppelman and David Levien, Writers

  • George Clooney as Danny Ocean

  • Brad Pitt as Rusty Ryan

  • Matt Damon as Linus Caldwell

  • Andy García as Terry Benedict

  • Don Cheadle as Basher Tarr

  • Bernie Mac as Frank Catton

  • Elliott Gould as Reuben Tishkoff

  • Casey Affleck as Virgil Malloy

  • Scott Caan as Turk Malloy

  • Eddie Jemison as Livingston Dell

  • Shaobo Qin as "The Amazing" Yen

  • Carl Reiner as Saul Bloom

  • Eddie Izzard as Roman Nagel

  • Al Pacino as Willy Bank

  • Ellen Barkin as Abigail Sponder

  • Vincent Cassel as François Toulour

  • Bob Einstein as FBI Agent Robert "Bobby" Caldwell

  • David Paymer as the "V.U.P."

  • Julian Sands as Greco Montgomery

  • Jerry Weintraub as Denny Shields

*Recognition:

  • Ocean's 13 was released on June 8, 2007 in the United States.

  • The film did well on its first weekend, reaching the top spot at the North American box office pulling in $36 million. By the end of December 2007, Ocean's Thirteen had generated $117.2 million in box office domestically, and $311.4 million worldwide.

  • It features an average score of 70% among critics on Rotten Tomatoes, and a 62% on Metacritic.

Did You Know:

  • The special scent that Linus puts on his neck to seduce Abigail is noted in a title card as "The Gilroy." This is an in-joke on Tony Gilroy who wrote the screenplays for The Bourne Identity (2002), The Bourne Supremacy (2004), and The Bourne Ultimatum (2007), all starring Matt Damon. Gilroy also wrote and directed Michael Clayton (2007), which stars George Clooney and is produced by Steven Soderbergh.

  • Al Pacino was director Steven Soderbergh's first choice for the role of Willy Bank. The film's producer, Jerry Weintraub, a friend of Pacino's, persuaded him to join the cast.

  • This is one of Bernie Mac's final acting roles before his death on August 9, 2008, at age 50.

  • Peter Fonda, who had appeared in a deleted scene in Ocean's Twelve (2004), was slated to reprise his role as Bobby in this film, but his work on Ghost Rider (2007) prevented him from doing so.

What is this movie is about?/Elevator Pitch: Trying to help their friend recover, Ocean's 11 takes on a revenge job to destroy one of the most easily hatable casino owners.


Best Performance: Matt Damon (Linus)/Brian Koppelman and David Levine (writers)

Best Secondary Performance: Matt Damon (Linus)/David Paymer (VUP)/Bob Einstein (Bobby Caldwell)

Most Charismatic Award: George Clooney (Danny)/Al Pacino (Bank)

Best Scene:

  • Bank betrays Reuben

  • The Greco

  • VUP - Very Unimportant Person

  • Labor Strike

  • New Investor

  • Elevator Dodging

  • Opening Night

  • The Cartwheel

  • Magnetron

  • Stealing the Diamonds

  • Camp to Belong

  • Goodbye

Favorite Scene: Labor Strike/Magnetron

Most Indelible Moment: You shook Sinatra's hand...


In Memorium:

  • Tim Considine, 81, American actor (My Three Sons, The Mickey Mouse Club, Patton). A child actor who started in the first season of My Three Sons and has a small part in Patton. His later career was as a writer and automobile historian.

  • Johnny Brown, 84, American actor (Good Times, Rowan & Martin's Laugh-In, The Plastic Man Comedy/Adventure Show) and singer. A nightclub promoter and performer, his early best role was as a regular cast member of the television series Laugh-in. Brown is mostly remembered for his portly physique, wide ingratiating smile, mobile facial expressions, and easy pleasant joking style. Brown also appeared on The Flip Wilson Show, The Jeffersons, Family Matters, Sister, Sister, The Jamie Foxx Show, The Wayans Bros, and Martin.

  • John Stahl, 68, Scottish actor (Game of Thrones, Victoria & Abdul, Take the High Road). Richard Karstark in the Game of Thrones.

Best Lines/Funniest Lines:

Terry Benedict: [referring to Danny donating Terry's share of the money to charity] You think this is funny?

Danny Ocean: Well, Terry, it sure as shit ain't sad.


Reuben Tishkoff: The moment you become embarrassed of who you are, you lose yourself. I changed my house, the way I dressed, the way I ate - for what? For nothing.


Turk Malloy: Don't change the facial structure.

Virgil Malloy: I'm making you taller. Don't you want to be taller? You're a midget in 34 states.

Turk Malloy: Yeah, well, I'm an animal in the other 34.

Virgil Malloy: [turns and stares at Turk]

Turk Malloy: 24. 22.


Basher Tarr: [dressed as Evel Knievel] Mr. Banks. Do you know what Chuck Berry said every night before counting one, two, three, four?

Willy Bank: What did he say?

Basher Tarr: Pay me my money.


Danny Ocean: [to Willy Bank] You shook Sinatra's hand. You should know better.


Linus Caldwell: [passing Yen off as a whale] He owns all of the air south of Beijing.

Abigail Sponder: [disbelieving] The air?

Linus Caldwell: Let me put it to you this way: try building something taller than three stories in the Tiangjin province, and see if his name comes up.


Willie Bank: This town might have changed, but not me. I know people highly invested in my survival, and they are people who really know how to hurt in ways you can't even imagine.

Danny Ocean: Well, I know all the guys that you'd hire to come after me, and they like me better than you.


The Stanley Rubric:

Legacy: 5.75

Impact/Significance: 6.75

Novelty: 6

Classic-ness: 7.75

Rewatchability: 9

Audience Score: 8.2 (89% Google, 75% RT)

Total: 43.45


Remaining Questions:

  • If all of the people running out the door and can't cash in their chips, where did they put them? Also, wouldn't they just go back in and play and lose which is why there was an exit strategy to begin with?

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