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(2001) (George Clooney, Brad Pitt) (PG-13)

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Drama: A recent parolee assembles a team of men to rob three Vegas casinos in one night.
Danny Ocean (GEORGE CLOONEY) has just been paroled from a New Jersey prison and he already has a new heist planned - namely that of knocking off three Vegas casinos in one night. His motivation is twofold. For starters, the collective vaults of the Bellagio, MGM Grand and the Mirage will total more than $150 million in two weeks due to the heavyweight boxing championship being held in Las Vegas. Then there's the fact that the owner of the casinos, Terry Benedict (ANDY GARCIA), is dating Danny's ex-wife, Tess (JULIA ROBERTS).

Knowing the difficulties of pulling off the heist, Danny and his partner in crime, Rusty Ryan (BRAD PITT), set out to assemble a team of thieves consisting of past acquaintances and new strangers. There's Reuben Tishkoff (ELLIOT GOULD), a former casino owner with a chip on his shoulder concerning Benedict. Basher Tarr (DON CHEADLE) and Livingston Dell (EDDIE JEMISON) are brought onboard for their expertise in explosives and electronics respectively, while the Malloy brothers, Virgil (CASEY AFFLECK) and Turk (SCOTT CAAN), are brought on as the drivers.

Rounding out the team is Linus Caldwell (MATT DAMON), a proficient pickpocket and son of a legendary criminal, Frank Catton (BERNIE MAC), a casino dealer, Yen (SHAOBO QIN), an acrobatic contortionist, and Saul Bloom (CARL REINER), a former criminal brought out of retirement by the lure of a big payoff.

As the team of eleven men plan and then set out to execute their elaborate heist and Danny tries to reconcile with Tess who wants nothing to do with him, they must deal with the ruthless and cunning Benedict who will do anything and everything to protect his money.

If they're fans of someone in the cast or heist-styled capers, they just might.
For some language and sexual content.
  • GEORGE CLOONEY plays a recent parolee who's already back at his criminal ways with his plan to rob three casinos. Charming, smart and debonair, he uses some profanity, drinks and tries to reconcile with his ex-wife.
  • BRAD PITT plays his partner-in-crime who helps him assemble the team and pull off the heist.
  • ANDY GARCIA plays the ruthless owner of the casinos who will do anything - legal or not - to protect his money.
  • JULIA ROBERTS plays his girlfriend, a museum curator who wants nothing to do with Danny, her ex-husband.
  • ELLIOT GOULD plays a former casino owner who has a personal grudge against Benedict. He smokes cigars and briefly uses strong profanity.
  • MATT DAMON plays the son of a legendary criminal and current pickpocket who joins the team.
  • DON CHEADLE plays the explosives expert who helps the team achieve their goals. He uses some profanity.
  • CASEY AFFLECK and SCOTT CAAN play the occasionally bickering siblings who serve as the drivers for the heist.
  • BERNIE MAC plays a casino card dealer who's part of the team.
  • CARL REINER plays a former criminal brought out of retirement by the lure of big money.
  • EDDIE JEMISON plays the electronics and surveillance expert who bugs Benedict's casinos. He uses some profanity.
  • SHAOBO QIN plays the limber acrobat who joins the team due to his physical skills.


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    The following is a brief summary of the content found in this PG-13 rated film. Profanity consists of at least 1 "f" word, while other expletives and colorful phrase are also used. Some brief, sexually related dialogue is uttered, while some exotic dancers are seen doing their thing (suggestively and in revealing clothing) and a flyer for prostitutes shows a photo of a woman with her hands covering her bare breasts.

    Nearly all of the characters have bad attitudes of one form or another - particularly since most are criminals plotting to rob the casinos - while a moderate amount of violence stems from that as well as some brief, unrelated flashback footage). Various characters drink and/or smoke, while a man tries to reconcile with his reluctant ex-wife. Should you still be concerned about the film and its appropriateness for yourself of anyone else in your home, we suggest that you take a closer look at our detailed listings for more information about the film's content.

  • People have drinks in a casino.
  • Danny has a drink.
  • People drink in a club, including some learning how to play poker with Rusty, who also has a drink.
  • Rusty and Danny have drinks.
  • Various members of the group drink at Reuben's place.
  • Danny has a drink.
  • Various people drink in a casino.
  • Rusty has a drink as does another person.
  • Saul has a drink.
  • Tess has wine with dinner, as do others. Danny then shows up and orders some whiskey.
  • Reuben has a drink.
  • Various people drink in the casino.
  • Danny has a drink.
  • Danny has a few bloody scrapes/cuts on his face in one scene.
  • Considering their criminal plan (and all of the criminal behavior related to it), Danny and his team have both types of attitudes.
  • Benedict also has both types of attitudes toward nearly everyone he encounters.
  • A guard of some sort allows Danny and Rusty to take home the blueprints of some casino vaults.
  • We see some flashback footage as Reuben recounts how various people tried to rob casinos in the past.
  • We see Linus act as a pickpocket.
  • After the power goes out in the Vegas, we see various people grabbing the money when the lights come back on.
  • It's possible some viewers could find scenes where the various men are nearly caught in the act as somewhat tense.
  • Saul collapses as if he's had a heart attack or something similar, but we later see that it's just part of the overall heist.
  • Yen's bandaged hand is stuck just on the other side of a vault door that Danny's about to detonate with various explosives (and he tries to pull it out as the countdown nears zero).
  • Handguns: Used by some guards/cops to shoot a casino robber who's fleeing the premises (seen in flashback from a distance and with no blood).
  • Explosives: Used to blow up various vaults, etc.
  • Automatic weapons: Carried and fired by some men (but not at anyone or anything in particular and they may be firing blanks).
  • Handguns: Aimed and eventually fired at a van and its unseen driver by some guards.
  • Phrases: "No sh*t," "We're in deep sh*t," "Piece of sh*t," "Nuts" (crazy), "Scumbag," "Jackass," "Screwing (sexual and nonsexual), "You stupid bastard," "Where the hell are they?" "Schmuck," "Don't screw up," "Peckerwood," "Cracker" (white person) and "What the hell /is this/is going on?"
  • It's possible some kids could want to imitate some sort of elaborate heist (albeit probably on a smaller scale than occurs here), or other actions such as Linus acting as a pickpocket, using balloons to block a surveillance camera, etc.
  • Yen gives "the finger" to Rusty when the latter makes a smart aleck remark to him.
  • None.
  • A minor bit of suspenseful music plays in the film.
  • None.
  • At least 1 "f" word, 7 "s" words, 1 slang term for sex ("screw"), 3 hells, 5 uses of "G-damn," 2 each of "Jesus" and "Oh Jesus" and 1 use each of "For God's sakes" and "God" as exclamations.
  • In the background of various shots where Rusty's teaching others how to gamble, we occasionally and briefly see female dancers - in various forms of scanty attire - doing their thing while men watch them.
  • We see a woman dressed in a tight nurse's outfit doing a suggestive dance (including partially running her hands along her body).
  • When Rusty discovers that Tess is in the picture, he asks Danny if the heist is about "screwing the guy who's screwing your wife."
  • Posing as a gaming commission agent, Linus says that Frank has a criminal record "longer than my…" but doesn't finish the comparison.
  • We briefly see a flyer for hookers that shows a woman holding her hands over her obviously bare breasts.
  • Reuben smokes cigars more than 5 times, while Saul, Benedict and Rusty also each smoke once.
  • Danny and Tess are divorced and she wants nothing to do with him for most of the film.
  • Whether one could pull off a heist as occurs in this film.
  • Las Vegas, casinos and gambling.
  • We see some flashback footage (somewhat played for laughs) as Reuben recounts how various people tried to rob casinos in the past. During this, we see one man being tackled after grabbing a lockbox; another guy pushes people out of the way before a cop/guard hits him in the face with his nightstick; and three guards/cops shoot a third guy in the back as he runs out onto the street with stolen money (seen from a distance with no blood).
  • During a race between a small, remote controlled truck ("driven" by Virgil) and a monster truck driven by his brother, Turk suddenly, but purposefully turns and drives over the smaller truck, destroying it.
  • Explosives are used to blow a vault door open.
  • Acting like an ATF agent, Rusty pushes Basher up against a police car. As they walk away moments later, a car behind them explodes.
  • Linus breaks through a window to escape from a building (seen from a distance).
  • Yen's fingers are accidentally smashed as the back door of a van closes on them.
  • A large man punches Danny in the face. He later makes sounds as if he's beating up Danny to fool some other men.
  • After the power goes out in the Vegas and the lights then come back on, we see various people pushing and shoving others to get at the money in a casino. Meanwhile, a large-scale scuffle breaks out inside a boxing ring.
  • Danny slides something across the floor toward two guards. We then hear some sort of sound and then see that the two men are unconscious (but we don't know exactly why).
  • Explosives blow a vault door open and cause some damage inside.
  • We hear gunfire over a radio, but later learn and see that it was all staged (and that no one was hurt or threatened).
  • Various guards train their guns on a van and its unseen driver. They then shoot out the van's tires. There's then a small explosion in the van, resulting in a fire (but no one is visibly hurt).
  • The large man from above repeatedly punches Danny (for real), but does so as part of their plan to fool others.

  • Reviewed November 30, 2001 / Posted December 7, 2001

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