Episode 177: Oceans Eleven Matters…But Why Tho?

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Oceans Eleven

This week we cover one of the defining heist films of the 2000s: Oceans Eleven — and the franchise it launched. Oh, and Kate talks Oceans 8, and it doesn’t go like you think. We dive into how this launched heist films of the 2000s while embracing the film it’s based on which starred the Rat Pack. We talk about the way the film evolved into a franchise, how influenced American heist films after the fact, and how we just really want to go back to a good heist film.

If you’re unfamiliar Ocean’s 11, the film we know and love with George Clooney is based on the 1960 American heist film directed by Lewis Milestone and starring five of the Rat Pack: Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, Sammy Davis Jr., Peter Lawford and Joey Bishop. the concept was simple, it centered on a series of Las Vegas casino robberies, the film also stars Angie Dickinson, Cesar Romero, Richard Conte, Akim Tamiroff, Henry Silva, Ilka Chase, Norman Fell, Patrice Wymore, and Buddy Lester, and includes cameo appearances by Shirley MacLaine, Red Skelton and George Raft.

The Ocean’s series is a collection of American heist films anchored by a trilogy edited, directed or produced by Steven Soderbergh. The original three films were written by George C. Johnson, George Nolfi, along with Brian Koppelman and David Levien, for each respective film. Released from 2001 to 2007, the trilogy is often cited as defining its genre and leading to a proliferation and commercialization of heist films throughout the world. Collectively grossing US$1.17 billion worldwide, the most commercially successful rendition was the first, Ocean’s Eleven (2001). It established the ensemble cast of George Clooney as Danny Ocean, Matt Damon as Linus Caldwell, and Brad Pitt as Rusty Ryan. A long list of supporting cast members maintains the trilogy. The first sequel, Ocean’s Twelve was released in 2004 with the final film, Ocean’s Thirteen, following in 2007. An all-female spin-off written and directed by Gary Ross titled Ocean’s 8 was released on June 8, 2018.