Legendary director Lewis Milestone’s caper film Ocean’s 11 (1960) (remade in 2001) was the first movie featuring the Rat Pack (Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, Sammy Davis, Jr., Peter Lawford, Joey Bishop, and sexy Angie Dickinson). Centered on a series ofLas Vegas Casino robberies, the film’s other stars included, Cesar Romero, Richard Conte, Akim Tamiroff, Henry Silva, Ilka Chase, Norman Fell, Harry Wilson, and Buddy Lester, as well as cameo appearances by Shirley MacLaine, Red Skelton, and George Raft.
This 1960 Rat Pack movie really has very little in common with the 2001 remake (and even less in common with the 2004 sequel, Ocean’s Twelve. Both are about eleven guys (led by a guy named Danny Ocean) trying to pull off a big casino heist in Vegas, but that’s where it ends. Ocean’s Eleven is fun. It shows Vegas in its true glory days—the Rat Pack days—when Sin City was overflowing with class. When men wore their best suits and women wore gowns. It’s a campy movie, but fun. Fans of the Rat Pack (especially Dean Martin, who steals the show) will love it.
I didn’t see this movie until after I saw the remake in 2001, and to be honest, I liked the original better, it was more fun than dramatic as the 2001. Who couldn’t love Frank, Dean and Sammy?