4.32 – OCEAN’S ELEVEN (1960) & Camaraderie

This week we tackle the original OCEAN’S ELEVEN — over 40 years before the Soderbergh re-make, and set in a very different time. After…mixed reviews, we talk about this film’s military roots, why the focus on friendship is a poignant one, and how this is a heist film that’s probably not about the heist.

Next Time
Our next heist film is the genre-defining 1967 film BONNIE AND CLYDE.

Recent Media
SCANDAL (2012–18):Shonda Rhimes, Kerry Washington, Henry Ian Cusick
ANT-MAN (2015): Peyton Reed, Paul Rudd, Evangeline Lilly
THE EQUALIZER 1, 2 (2014, 2018): Antoine Fuqua, Richard Wenk, Denzel Washington

Recommendations
THE APARTMENT (1960): Billy Wilder, Jack Lemmon, Shirley MacLaine
HARVEY (1950): Henry Koster, James Stewart, Wallace Ford
ROBIN AND THE 7 HOODS (1964): Gordon Douglas, Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin
RIO BRAVO (1959): Howard Hawks, John Wayne, Dean Martin

Footnotes
Firstly, the wikipedia page of the film is an interesting read, as is IMDB (especially the ’Trivia’): www.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ocean’s_11 and www.imdb.com/title/tt0054135. In light of our discussion of the changing face of Vegas, this is a good set of pictures: www.standard.co.uk/lifestyle/travel/vintage-photos-of-las-vegas-a4248276.html. And this [if the link works, Rob!] is a really interesting essay. Finally, the story of Peter Lawford and Frank Sinatra’s falling-out is explored in this biography of Lawford: www.ivy-style.com/luck-runs-out-the-rise-and-fall-of-peter-lawford.html.