Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, Sammy Davis, Jr., Peter Lawford and Joey Bishop appeared together many times on stage and in film in the late 1950s and early ’60s. But it was the original Ocean’s Eleven in 1960 that cemented their “Rat Pack” title and reputation. In this version, the actors play a group of World War II vets who are recruited by Danny Ocean (Sinatra) to rob five different Las Vegas casinos in the same night. Though the group’s plot appears to go off without a hitch, in the end the thieves all end up empty handed. Unlike the original, the 2001 remake that starred George Clooney, Brad Pitt and Matt Damon, the bad guys win big. In this version, Ocean’s plot really does go off without a hitch, allowing the team to walk out of the casino’s front door with a staggering $150 million. The remake was so popular, director Steven Soderbergh and the crew went on to film two sequels, Ocean’s Twelve and Ocean’s Thirteen.
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