Ocean's Thirteen

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Ocean's Thirteen
Directed by Steven Soderbergh
Produced by Jerry Weintraub
Written by Brian Koppelman
David Levien
Starring George Clooney
Brad Pitt
Matt Damon
Andy García
Don Cheadle
Bernie Mac
Ellen Barkin
Al Pacino
Music by David Holmes
Cinematography Steven Soderbergh
Edited by Stephen Mirrione
Distributed by Warner Bros. Pictures
Release dates
  • May 24, 2007 (2007-05-24) (Cannes)
  • June 8, 2007 (2007-06-08) (US)
Running time 114 minutes
Country United States
Language English
Budget $85 million[1]
Box office $311,312,624

Ocean's Thirteen is a 2007 American comedy heist film directed by Steven Soderbergh and starring an ensemble cast. It is the third and final film[2] in the Soderbergh series (Ocean's Trilogy) following the 2004 sequel Ocean's Twelve and the 2001 film Ocean's Eleven, which itself was a remake of the 1960 Rat Pack film Ocean's 11. All the male cast members reprise their roles from the previous installments, but neither Julia Roberts nor Catherine Zeta-Jones return.

Al Pacino and Ellen Barkin joined the cast as their new targets.

Filming began in July 2006 in Las Vegas and Los Angeles, based on a script by Brian Koppelman and David Levien.[3] The film was screened for the Out of Competition presentation at the 2007 Cannes Film Festival.[4] It was released on June 8, 2007, in the United States[5] and in several countries in the Middle East on June 6.[6]


Reuben Tishkoff, in an attempt to legitimize himself in his later years, is conned by Willy Bank, his former business partner. When Bank forces Reuben to sign over the ownership rights of the new hotel-casino they were building together, Reuben suffers a heart attack and becomes bedridden. Daniel Ocean, after attempting to negotiate with Bank, gathers his partners-in-crime and plans to ruin Bank on the opening night of his hotel-casino, "The Bank", to get revenge for Reuben.

The first of two plans is to prevent "The Bank" from winning the prestigious Five Diamond Award, which all of Bank's previous hotels have won. Saul Bloom poses as the reviewer of the board, while the real reviewer is treated horribly during his stay through Ocean's associates and the staff on their payroll.

The second plan is to rig the casino's slot machines and other games to force a payout more than $500 million in winnings across the casino; this will force Bank to cede control of the casino to his board. Rigging of the games would require the group to defeat "The Greco Player Tracker," a state-of-the-art artificial intelligence system that monitors the games and ensures that all winnings are legitimate by measuring the players' biometric responses, such as pupil dilation and body temperature, for authenticity. They plan to trick Bank into carrying a cell phone with a magnetron, created by technical expert Roman Nagel, to disrupt the Greco. To ensure that the Greco shuts down and players cash out, Ocean's team acquires one of the giant drills used to bore the Channel Tunnel to simulate an earthquake under the hotel on opening night.

While the group prepares the rigged games, the drill breaks, forcing them to approach Terry Benedict, their previous antagonist, to fund the purchase of the second drill. As Benedict has a grudge against Bank, he offers Ocean the funds only if they also steal the four necklaces Bank bought for his wife in representation of the four Five Diamond Awards, now on display in a secured case at the top of the hotel. Linus Caldwell offers to seduce Bank's assistant, Abigail Sponder, to gain access to the display and switch the diamonds with fakes.

As Ocean's plan proceeds on opening night, several FBI agents have been informed that machines have been rigged by Livingston Dell and have identified him, which could reveal the rest of Ocean's gang to Bank. In reality, this allows Livingston to have the card-shuffling machines replaced by Nagel, as Livingston was unable to effectively rig them. Basher distracts Bank long enough to allow Virgil and Turk Malloy to change the group's FBI records, including their names and appearances.

Linus, in the process of seducing Sponder in the secure room with the diamonds, is interrupted by the lead FBI agent. The agent explains the diamond theft plan to Sponder, and Linus is arrested, but as they exit in the elevator, the lead agent is revealed to be his father, Robert 'Bobby' Caldwell, once a master robber and con artist, who is in on Ocean's plan and there to help Linus swap the diamonds. As they exit to the roof of the hotel for extraction via helicopter, they are caught by François "The Night Fox" Toulour, whom Benedict had ordered to intercept the diamonds. Linus gives the diamonds to Toulour, who escapes by parachuting off the hotel, but after departing discovers that he holds only the fakes; Ocean, who had been aware of Toulour's presence, had arranged to extract the entire display case from the hotel.

The remainder of Ocean's plan continues as expected, with "The Greco" disrupted, and guests leaving the hotel with their massive winnings. As Bank realizes his ruin, Ocean lets him know that they did everything for Reuben, taunting him about the fact that Bank cannot even arrange for revenge as he cannot prove that Ocean did anything illegal. The group uses the money they made off with to buy property north of the Las Vegas Strip for Reuben. As punishment for Benedict's treachery, Ocean donates his $72 million portion of the take to charity, forcing Benedict to publicly admit his philanthropy via television appearances. As the group disperses, Rusty ensures that the real Five Diamond reviewer, who suffered numerous discomforts during his stay at the hotel, is compensated by allowing him to win the jackpot on a rigged slot machine at the airport.


Ocean's Thirteen[edit]

  1. George Clooney as Danny Ocean
  2. Brad Pitt as Rusty Ryan
  3. Matt Damon as Linus Caldwell/Lenny Pepperidge
  4. Bernie Mac as Frank Catton
  5. Elliott Gould as Reuben Tishkoff
  6. Casey Affleck as Virgil Malloy
  7. Scott Caan as Turk Malloy
  8. Eddie Jemison as Livingston Dell
  9. Don Cheadle as Basher Tarr/Fender Rhodes
  10. Shaobo Qin as "The Amazing" Yen/Mr. Weng
  11. Carl Reiner as Saul Bloom/Kensington Chubb
  12. Andy García as Terry Benedict
  13. Eddie Izzard as Roman Nagel

Julia Roberts and Catherine Zeta-Jones did not appear in their roles as Tess Ocean and Isabel Lahiri due to script issues,[7] their absence being explained by Danny, who repeatedly states "It's not their fight."



Box office[edit]

The film did well on its first weekend, reaching the top spot at the North American box office. Despite being opened in 250 more theaters than Ocean's Twelve, it had a slightly weaker opening weekend than the former, pulling in $36 million, compared with Twelve '​s $39 million opening weekend.[8][9] By the end of December 2007, Ocean's Thirteen had generated $311.4 million in box office revenue worldwide.[10]

Critical reception[edit]

Critical reception to the movie was more positive than its predecessor, with some critics liking the movie's style and others criticizing it for being overly complex. Joel Siegel, in what turned out to be his last review for Good Morning America, stated that if it had been the first movie, there still would have been a sequel. On the movie website Rotten Tomatoes, the movie has received an overall 70% score.[11] In his review for New York, David Edelstein wrote, "As the plotting gets knottier, his technique gets more fluid—the editing jazzier, the colors more luscious, the whip-pans more whizbang. It's all anchored by Clooney, looking impudent, roguish, almost laughably handsome."[12] Manohla Dargis, in her review for The New York Times, wrote, "Playing inside the box and out, [Soderbergh] has learned to go against the grain while also going with the flow. In Ocean's Thirteen he proves that in spades by using color like Kandinsky and hanging a funny mustache on Mr. Clooney's luscious mug, having become a genius of the system he so often resists."[13] However, Roger Ebert wrote, in his review for the Chicago Sun-Times, "Ocean's Thirteen proceeds with insouciant dialogue, studied casualness, and a lotta stuff happening, none of which I cared much about because the movie doesn't pause to develop the characters, who are forced to make do with their movie-star personas."[14] Peter Bradshaw, in his review for The Guardian, wrote, "Sometimes we go to split-screen, and sometimes - whooaaa! - two of the split-screen frames are funkily showing the same thing. It is all quite meaningless. As if in an experimental novel by BS Johnson, the scenes could be reshuffled and shown in any order and it would amount to the same thing. There is no human motivation and no romance."[15]

Home video release[edit]

Ocean's Thirteen was released on DVD in November 2007.[16]


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  13. ^ Dargis, Manohla (June 8, 2007). "They Always Come Out Ahead; Bet on It". The New York Times. Retrieved June 18, 2008. 
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