Ocean's Eleven

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Danny Ocean (Frank Sinatra) calls on some of his World War II buddies -- including Jimmy Foster (Peter Lawford), Sam Harmon (Dean Martin) and Josh Howard (Sammy Davis Jr.) -- to pull off an elaborate New Year's Eve heist at five casinos in Las Vegas. Eleven members of Danny's crew come together to pull off a perfect robbery, but they suffer a series of setbacks when Duke Santos (Cesar Romero), a former gangster, tries to thwart Ocean's plans to disappear with the money.

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Director: Lewis Milestone
Screenwriter: Harry Brown, Charles Lederer
Cast: Frank Sinatra
Dean Martin
Sammy Davis Jr
Peter Lawford
Angie Dickinson
Richard Conte
Cesar Romero
Patrice Wymore
Akim Tamiroff
Henry Silva
Joey Bishop
Ilka Chase

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The original Rat Pack (Sinatra, Martin, Bishop, Lawford and Davis) team up for a Vegas casino heist on steroids: robbing five hotels on New Year's Eve during a staged fifteen minute blackout. And this is 1960, mind you, so it's really low-tech. In fact, the team is a reunion of a WWII special forces platoon who are reliving their soldier days 15 years after the war. There are some decorative women around (wives, mistresses, lots of showgirls) and a comic foreigner, a former felon who gets the gang together, but the whole setup is just an excuse to film the Pack hanging out in technicolor and neon mid-century modern Las Vegas locales, wearing cool Mad Men era styles, driving Caddy's, smoking cigs and shooting pool. There's songs, too, but only Dino and Sammy sing them. Sammy Davis Jrs.' city sanitation man character (hey, it's 1960 -- at least he's not their butler) does a bluesy number with harmonica accompaniment and the refrain, "E-O-Eleven": I have no idea what it means, but the whistled tune is the signal the gang shares. Some explanatory footage was left on the cutting room floor, one hopes. Not to spoil the ending, but the whole plot goes up in smoke, and the boys shrug their hipster shoulders and go back to their same, old, wildly stylish, Rat Pack lives. Ain't that a kick in the head?