Sunday, January 15, 2012

Ocean's 11 (1960)

Synopsis: Smartass crooners make by-the-numbers Vegas heist picture between shows.

Blurb From the VHS Jacket: “New Year’s Eve in Las Vegas. Roulette wheels spin, cards snap, slots chime, champagne fizzes, the shows go on... and the lights go out. It’s the perfect time to steal a kiss or a $25 chip. But for Danny Ocean (Frank Sinatra) and his 10 partners in crime, it’s the perfect moment to steal millions.”

What Did I Learn?: If you’re something of a hothead, and your wife makes decent money as an exotic dancer, you might want to stay home on those nights when she performs.

Really?: 1) Why would a casino place its official logo on the interior door of a safe? And why would all five casinos do the same thing? 2) How many times does Dean Martin sing that “kick in the head” song?

Rating: I wanted to like this movie more than I did. Frank, Sammy and Dino are all rather charming, but the script should have been re-written. Angie Dickinson’s cameo as Danny Ocean’s long-suffering wife is pointless, and much of the first act consists of Ocean making stupid prank phone calls as he rounds up the gang. It takes a long time for anything to happen, and then, even worse, Ocean and his gang actually become secondary characters to Duke Santos (Cesar Romero) in Act Three. 6.5/10 stars.

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