There are two Ocean's Eleven movies; the first was made in 1960 and featured Frank Sinatra Peter Lawford, Sammy Davis, Jr, Joey Bishop and Dean Martin. It was redone in 2001 and had a star-studded cast that included George Clooney, Julia Roberts, Matt Damon, Brad Pitt, Don Cheadle and Andy García. The plot of both movies centered on robbing casinos.
Ocean's 11 (1960)
The gang of thieves in this movie is not the type you would easily suspect; they are after all war veterans from World War II 82nd Airborne. They have come up with a meticulous plan to rob five Las Vegas casinos on New Year's Eve.
They intend to create a blackout and take off with millions of dollars under the cover of darkness. They plant explosives in an electrical transmission tower that serves the casinos. They also find a way to interfere with the buildings’ wiring such that the back-up power does not come on as expected.
On D-day everything goes as planned, the tower is hit causing a blackout. And in a very creative move instead of the generators turning on the lights they open the cashiers’ cages which the gang promptly empty into garbage bags. Before the lights come on the bags find their way to a garbage truck that was procured for this sole purpose.
Everything seems to go well until one of them drops dead from a heart attack and questions begin to be raised. In a bid to hide their loot, they place their money in the dead man’s coffin only for him to be cremated with all their money. What a waste!
Ocean's Eleven (2001)
In this version, only two casinos are to be hit but the amount being targeted is a colossal $150 million. In keeping with the times, the gang makes use of very advanced methods to meet their target. They create a replica of the vault that they intend to rob and practice getting in and out of it without being caught.
When all the ground work is done, one of them steals the access codes from the casino owner’s pocket. Another one pretends to be an arms dealer and sneaks explosives into the vault under the guise of storing his valuables.
To get into the vault undetected, the group creates an artificial blackout. This is where things get really interesting as one of group members appears to betray their plans to the casino owner. He is shown footage of his vault being robbed and is blackmailed into loading half the money into a waiting van. His men follow the van only to discover that the money is gone.
In an attempt to keep the remaining money safe, the casino owner calls in a SWAT team but it turns out that these are not real cops and the gang has actually pulled off the ultimate heist. The movie ends with the ring leader leaving prison after serving a short sentence. But the casino owner’s boys are following him so obviously there are sequels to this film.