Ocean's Thirteen

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Ocean's Thirteen
Theatrical release poster
Directed by Steven Soderbergh
Produced by Jerry Weintraub
Written by
Music by David Holmes
Cinematography Peter Andrews
Edited by Stephen Mirrione
Distributed by Warner Bros.
Release date
  • 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 $311.3 million

Ocean's Thirteen (also written as Ocean's 13) 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-directed 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] It was the 16th highest-grossing film of 2007.[7]


Reuben Tishkoff is conned by Willy Bank, his former business partner, into signing over the ownership rights of the new hotel-casino they were building, The Bank, on the Las Vegas Strip. Reuben suffers a heart attack and becomes bedridden. Danny Ocean offers Bank a chance to set things right, given his long history in Las Vegas and the fact that he "shook hands with Sinatra," but Bank refuses. To avenge Reuben, Ocean gathers his partners-in-crime and plans to ruin Bank on the opening night of the hotel. They develop a two-fold plan to occur on the casino's opening night. One venue is to prevent The Bank from winning the prestigious Five Diamond Award, which four of Bank's previous hotels had won. Saul Bloom is designated to stand in as the anonymous Diamond reviewer, while the real reviewer will be treated horribly during his stay by Ocean and his associates.

The second part of the plan is to rig the casino's slot machines, forcing them to payout more than $500 million in winnings; by law, Bank would be required to cede control of the casino to the gambling board. While they can implement various rigging mechanisms into the casino, Ocean and his crew know that they would be easily stopped by the Greco Player Tracker, a state-of-the-art computer system that continuously monitors the gamblers' biometric responses and predicts when cheating is happening. Instead, they plan to use a magnetron, disguised as a new cell phone as a gift to Bank, to disrupt the Greco. They also obtain the drilling machine used to bore the Channel Tunnel to simulate an earthquake under the casino, assuring that Bank implements safety protocols to evacuate the casino in case of another earthquake. Their plan on opening night is to have Bank inadvertently disrupt Greco, initiate their rigged machines and dealers on their payroll, and then simulate the earthquake to force the evacuation and have players leave with their winnings.

As opening night draws near, the drill breaks down. Ocean is forced to turn to Terry Benedict, whom Ocean has slighted before, for funds to buy a replacement. Benedict, who also seeks retribution towards Bank, offers the funds for a portion of his share of the take, but demands that Ocean also steal the four previous Diamond awards, valued over $250 million and secured in a case at the top of The Bank. Ocean has Linus Caldwell get romantically close to Bank's assistant, Abigail Sponder, to gain access to the award case. Secretly, Benedict contracts master thief François "The Night Fox" Toulour to intercept the diamonds after Ocean steals them.

Ocean institutes the final part of the plan on opening night, by having FBI agents on his pay arrive at the hotel and publicly arrest Livingston Dell on suspicions of rigging the card shuffling machines, allowing them to be replaced with rigged ones under Bank's nose. Another FBI agent arrests Linus after he switches the Diamond awards with fakes. The agent takes Linus away but reveals himself to be his father, Robert Caldwell, also in on Ocean's plan. They try to evacuate from the roof but are intercepted by Toulour who takes the awards. However, Ocean had anticipated this, and Linus and his father escape in a helicopter piloted by Basher, tearing the award display case from the roof and taking the real awards with them.

The remainder of Ocean's plan goes as expected, and as they trigger the earthquake, the players evacuate with millions of dollars of winnings. Ocean approaches a devastated Bank and tells them they did everything for Reuben. Ocean also reminds Bank that he cannot go to the police due to Bank's past illegal activities, and that all of Bank's associates favor Ocean over him. With their share of the winnings, Ocean's crew buy property on the Strip for Reuben to build his own casino. Because of his treachery, Ocean donates Benedict's $72 million portion of the take to charity in Benedict's name, forcing him to admit his philanthropy on broadcast television. As Ocean, Rusty, and Linus prepare to head off at the airport, Rusty triggers one of the rigged machines there to allow the real Diamond reviewer to win $11 million as a way to compensate him for how they had treated him.



In January 2006, it was reported that producers were in discussions about setting and shooting most of the film at the Wynn Las Vegas. Clooney had previously hoped to film it at his upcoming Las Ramblas Resort in Las Vegas, although the project would not have been ready in time for production.[8] In March 2006, it was reported that the film would be shot in a fake casino that would be constructed on five Warner Bros. sound stages.[9] Filming was expected to begin in Las Vegas and Los Angeles in July 2006.[3] Al Pacino joined the cast in April 2006.[10]

Location scouting took place in Las Vegas in mid-July 2006, with the Bellagio as a confirmed filming location. Scenes had previously been shot at the Bellagio for Ocean's Eleven.[11] Filming in Las Vegas began on August 7, 2006,[12] when scenes were shot at McCarran International Airport and at a heliport.[13] The following day, filming moved to the Palazzo resort, which was under construction at the time.[14] Filming in Las Vegas concluded on August 9, 2006, after scenes involving Clooney, Pitt, Damon, and García were shot in an office at the back of the Bellagio. At that time, Clooney and producer Jerry Weintraub were considering premiering the film in Las Vegas.[14] Another Las Vegas shoot was scheduled for September 2006,[15] and would include additional filming at the Bellagio.[14]

Julia Roberts and Catherine Zeta-Jones did not appear in their respective roles as Tess Ocean and Isabel Lahiri due to the actresses not wanting to participate in the movie without a significant part in the plot, which the script couldn't accommodate.[16]


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.[17][18] By the end of December 2007, Ocean's Thirteen had generated $311.4 million in box office revenue worldwide.[19]

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.[20] 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."[21] 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."[22]

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."[23] 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 B.S. 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."[24]

Home video release[edit]

Ocean's Thirteen was released on DVD and Blu-ray in November 2007.[25]


A female-centric spin-off of the Ocean's Trilogy films, directed by Gary Ross, is titled Ocean's 8. Sandra Bullock will star as Debbie Ocean, Danny Ocean's sister. Cate Blanchett, Helena Bonham Carter, Anne Hathaway, Rihanna Fenty, Sarah Paulson, Mindy Kaling, and Nora "Awkwafina" Lum star as the team who will all take part in a heist in New York City. Matt Damon is set to return to the franchise in his role as Linus Caldwell.


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