Ocean's Eleven (1960)

Genres - Crime  |   Sub-Genres - Caper, Ensemble Film  |   Run Time - 127 min.  |   Countries - United States  |   MPAA Rating - NR
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Review by Brian J. Dillard

This enjoyably flip heist flick keeps the laughs, thrills, and martinis coming as it tells a familiar tale of a score that supposedly can't go wrong. The Rat Pack stars don't stray far from their established personae, although the presence of several character actors from the hipster second string enlivens the proceedings. Angie Dickinson is quietly vulnerable and loudly gorgeous in a small part as Frank Sinatra's high-rolling title character's wife, while wealthy heiress Ilka Chase sinks her teeth into the archetypal part of Jimmy's monied mother. With Cesar Romero chewing scenery as gangster Duke Santos and Akim Tamiroff having fun as easily flummoxed criminal Spyros Acebos, Ocean's Eleven will never be confused with a serious exploration of the underworld. But it's the ultimate Rat Pack picture, one that sums up a swingin' era with cool-cat lingo, killer threads, gentle misogyny, and even a song or two from Sammy Davis Jr.