The original ocean 11 from 1960 the leading role Frank Sinatra and other Rat Pack members Sammy Davis Jr., Dean Martin, Peter Lawford and Joey Bishopand Lady of the Pack Angie Dickinson— and it’s not great, as you know, the only magic that lasts to this day comes mostly from the pop culture significance of it all, given that it was their first film they all appeared in together.
However, that super cool vibe was alive and well in the remake.
“When I say Ocean’s Eleven is a throwback to an earlier period of cinema”, director Steven Soderbergh Explained, “I mean the film is never mean, it’s never groundless, no one gets killed, no one gets humiliated for no reason, or is the butt of a joke. It’s probably the least threatening film I’ve ever made. I was aware of that myself. I wanted it to be some kind of light entertainment, and I didn’t think darker or meaner ideas had a place in a film like this. I wanted it to be sparkling.”
Dickinson and Henry Silvaalso in the original, blink-and-you-miss-’em cameos when fight night begins at the MGM Grand, have a scene that also features real-life boxers Lenox Lewis and Wladimir Klitschko.