Ocean's 11 (1960)
WHAT'S IT ABOUT?
An group of former World War II fighters reunite to pull of an unbelievable heist: rob five of the biggest casinos Vegas has to offer and make out with millions of greenbacks all at the same time. Led by Danny Ocean (Sinatra) and the rest of the Rat Pack, the group of honchos head to the City of Sin to see if the old war buddies can still pull it off!
IS IT A GOOD MOVIE?
Talk about an all-star cast! The only film ever to star the entire rat pack, plus some kick-ass add-ons to the cast, including Cesar Romero (The Joker from the Batman TV show) and Norman Fell (Mr. Roper from Three’s Company). Together, Sinatra and his buddies wreak havoc, not only on Vegas, but also on every bottle of Scotch that they can find, on every cigarette they can haul and on any lady who they can get a hold of. Boy, did they know how to have a good time back then!! How can you go wrong when the guy organizing the heist is a fat bald Greek con artist? This film is packed with some crazy one-liners, (Dean Martin’s plans for his cut of the money is a classic and Sammy Davis Jr.’s take on being black is the funniest I’ve heard!), with some very unwatered cocktails and with some of the coolest guys you’ll ever find. Sinatra and Martin, along with fellow Rat-Packers Lawford, Davis and Bishop, are a picture of cool and seem so at ease with each other that it’s scary. Throw in Angie Dickinson, one of the most beautiful and elegant ladies of the screen, and you’ve got the makings of a very, very good time.
Sure, you’ll find a few plot-holes along the way, but they’re all there in the name of good fun and you get to be rewarded by watching a movie with no slow parts, constant entertainment and a very surprising ending. That last line you hear in the movie still has my toes wiggling! So tag along with the Rat Pack and let them clue you in on what life is really all about: smoking, drinking, gambling, ladies and stealing!!!
A feature-length commentary track is included but is a tad disappointing. Featuring Frank Sinatra Jr. and Angie Dickinson, you get to listen to Junior constantly refer to his dad as “Sinatra”, which I found very pretentious. For the love of God man, I know he was a legend but we can forgive you if you call your own father “Dad”!! Dickinson is unfortunately pretty non-existent and pretty much just comments on her own scenes, which are actually quite few and far between (If I remember well, she only appears in the movie 2 or 3 times). Next up is a neat little featurette called “Interactive Map of Vegas”. This little number allows you to access five short “biographies” of the five casinos victimized by the crew. About 5 minutes long, each featurette contains a short history of the casino, as well as interviews with employees and former employees. Pretty neat if you’re into gambling!! If you’re not into gambling, you should definitely look into it, it’s great fun!
Another cool little snack is a 3-minute clip featuring Frank Sinatra sitting in for Johnny Carson as Guest Host of the Tonight Show and interviewing Angie Dickinson. Pretty neat as they discuss this movie. By the way, has anyone heard of Johnny since he left show biz? Give the man a hand, he’s one of the too few Hollywood stars who “retire” only to show up at every chance they have. To seal the deal, you get 2 original trailers and cast filmographies.
PS: Although this is not an extra, it may be worth mentioning. Another thing I personally enjoy about older movies is that they would roll the credits at the beginning. This would force the filmmakers to make them interesting and original. You can look out for a good, Vegas-based one on this film.
There are very few ways you can go wrong with the Rat Pack. This is definitely not one of them. This movie moves along so well that you never feel its 2-hour running time. No one stares like Sinatra, no one drinks Like Martin and no one is as elegant as Lawford. Pick this baby up next time you’re at the video store and let these guys show you and the current Hollywood crowd what real men are all about. Let the Rat Pack take you for a fun-filled ride (and I do mean fun!). But for now, I’ve got to let you go, I have a sudden urge for roulette!!!