Ocean’s 13


Character: Rusty Ryan
Release Date: 5 June 2007
Directed By: Steven Soderbergh
Written By: Brian Koppelman, David Levien, George Clayton Johnson, Jack Golden Russell
Genre: Comedy/Crime/Thriller
Tagline: What are the odds of getting even? 13 to one/Revenge is a funny thing/How do you steal half a billion dollars, in 3.5 minutes?
MPAA Rating: R
Produced by: Warner Bros. Pictures, Jerry Weintraub Productions, Section Eight, Village Roadshow Pictures, WV Films III
Distributed by: Warner Bros. Pictures
Budget: –
Filming Dates: 25 July 2006 – 14 January 2007

George Clooney…Danny Ocean
Brad Pitt…Rusty Ryan
Matt Damon…Linus Caldwell/Lenny Pepperidge
Elliott Gould…Reuben Tishkoff
Bernie Mac…Frank Catton
Al Pacino…Willie Bank
Don Cheadle…Basher Tarr/Fender Roads
Casey Affleck…Virgil Malloy
Eddie Jemison…Livingston Dell
Scott Caan…Turk Malloy
Shaobo Qin…Yen/Mr. Weng
Carl Reiner…Saul Bloom/Kensington Chub
Eddie Izzard…Roman Nagel
Michael Mantell…Dr. Stan
Ellen Barkin…Abigail Sponder

Filming Locations:
Bellagio Casino & Hotel – 3600 Las Vegas Boulevard South, Las Vegas, Nevada, USA
Clark County, Nevada, USA
Lake Las Vegas, Henderson, Nevada, USA (Reuben Tishkoff’s house)
Las Vegas Boulevard South, Las Vegas, Nevada, USA
Las Vegas, Nevada, USA
Los Angeles, California, USA
McCarran International Airport – 5757 Wayne Newton Boulevard, Las Vegas, Nevada, USA
Rosamond, California, USA
The hotel at Mandalay Bay, Las Vegas, Nevada, USA (interiors)
W Sunset Road, Las Vegas, Nevada, USA
Warner Brothers Burbank Studios – 4000 Warner Boulevard, Burbank, California, USA

The last time we saw Danny Ocean’s crew, they were paying back ruthless casino mogul Terry Benedict after stealing millions from him. However, it’s been a while since they’ve come back together, which is all about to change. When one of their own, Reuben Tishkoff builds a hotel with known casino owner Willy Banks, the last thing he ever wanted was to get cut out of the deal personally by the loathsome Banks. Banks’ attitude even goes so far as to finding the amusement in Tishkoff’s misfortune when the double crossing lands Reuben in the hospital because of a heart attack. However, Danny and his crew won’t stand for Banks and what he’s done to a friend. Uniting with their old enemy Benedict, who himself has a vendetta against Banks, the crew is out to pull off a major plan. One that will unfold on the night Banks’ newest hot spot opens up, when the crew is out to bankrupt one of the city’s most despised businessmen. But they’re not in this for the money, but for the revenge.

Trivia & Facts:
Steven Soderbergh filmed all of Al Pacino’s scenes in three weeks.

Al Pacino was director Steven Soderbergh’s first choice for the role of Willy Bank. The film’s producer, Jerry Weintraub, a friend of Pacino’s, persuaded him to join the cast.

The film’s translation in Russia is “13 Friends of Ocean”

Al Pacino and Andy Garcia have both acted in The Godfather: Part III (1990).

Two members of Ocean’s crew, The Malloy Brothers, are named Virgil (Casey Affleck) and Turk (Scott Caan). This is a reference to The Godfather (1972) in which Michael Corleone (Al Pacino) guns down a character named Virgil “The Turk” Sollozzo.

Danny tells William Bank (Al Pacino), “What I want, what’s most important to me….” This was the same dialog Pacino used when speaking with Virgil “The Turk” Sollozzo in The Godfather (1972).

The fake nose Matt Damon wears is an in-joke reference to The Brothers Grimm (2005). In the latter film, director Terry Gilliam wanted the actor to wear a fake nose but the studio vetoed it.

When Reuben wakes up and speaks to Danny and Rusty, he says “I hear cars coming and going, I hear Linus crying. I think you should tell me what everyone seems to know.” This is a variation on lines spoken by Don Corleone to Tom Hagen in The Godfather (1972). In that film, “what everyone seems to know” about was the death of Sonny Corleone, played by James Caan, whose son, Scott Caan appears in this film. Andy Garcia appeared in The Godfather: Part III (1990) as the son of Sonny Corleone.

Scott Caan co-stars with Al Pacino in this film. His father, James Caan, played Sonny Corleone in The Godfather (1972), which was Pacino’s breakthrough role in Hollywood.

Rusty’s ring-tone is “Don’t You Want Me” by The Human League.

The special scent that Linus puts on his neck to seduce Abigail is noted in a title card as “The Gilroy.” This is an in-joke on Tony Gilroy who wrote the screenplays for The Bourne Identity (2002), The Bourne Supremacy (2004), and The Bourne Ultimatum (2007), all starring Matt Damon, and also wrote and directed Michael Clayton (2007), which stars George Clooney and is produced by Steven Soderbergh.

Towards the end of the film, when Rusty and Danny are in the airport, they each mock each other. Rusty tells Danny to try and keep the weight off in between jobs next time. This is a reference to George Clooney, who put on extra weight for his role in Syriana (2005) and in turn injured his back doing some stunts. Danny tells Rusty, “Settle down and have a couple of kids,” which is a reference to Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie’s relationship and children.

Matt Damon’s characters final lines in this film are “I’ll see ya when I see ya.” This was the same final phrase spoken to Damon himself by Edward Norton’s character in the movie Rounders (1998) which was also written by Brian Koppelman and David Levien.

In the scene where Virgil and Turk are evicting The V.U.P from his room, you can clearly see that Virgil is wearing a name badge reading “Jerry Weintraub.” (The film’s producer, and also the actor playing Denny Shields)

When Danny and Rusty are reminiscing about meeting Reuben, they are wandering in front of the Bellagio. The tune that is playing is Clair de Lune. This is the same tune that played at the end of Ocean’s Eleven (2001) when all the characters are standing in front of the Bellagio watching the fountains.

When discussing the blueprints of the Bank Casino, Rusty mentions that among the architects responsible for the design was Frank O. Gehry, with whom Brad Pitt has collaborated personally on several projects at Gehry’s Los Angeles studio.

Linus’s fake nose ploy is “The Brody”, a reference to actor Adrien Brody.

Release prints were delivered to theaters with the fake title ‘License to Steal’.

In The Godfather: Part II (1974), Michael Corleone (played by Al Pacino) is at a meeting in Havana, Cuba when Cuban Pres. Fulgencio Batista receives a solid gold telephone. In ?Ocean’s Thirteen?, Willie Bank (also played by Al Pacino) receives a solid gold cellphone obtained by Abigail Sponder from the manufacturer.

The line “You shook Sinatra’s hand” mentioned several times in the movie is a reference to Frank Sinatra who played Danny Ocean in the original Ocean’s Eleven (1960).

This is the last film that Joel Siegel reviewed for “Good Morning America” (1975).

The Warner Bros. and Village Roadshow logos at the front of the film are styled in homage to the 1970s/1980s intro animation to New York station WOR-TV’s “4 O’Clock Movie,” and the accompanying music is identical.

In the scene where Danny and Rusty reminisce about their first respective encounters with Reuben, they list the casinos on the Vegas strips where Reuben taught them to gamble and, presumably, how to perform their first cons. These casinos are the same casinos that are robbed in the original Ocean’s Eleven (1960): The Sands, Desert Inn, Flamingo, Riviera and Sahara.

From the gallery

Danny Ocean: I know how that makes me feel. I know what that makes me wanna do.

Rusty Ryan: I was really hoping to avoid that this time.

Turk Malloy: I don’t care if it gets messy.
Virgil Malloy: I’ll drive you. We’ll get him leaving his barber.
Livingston Dell: And I’ll inject him.
Basher Tarr: And I’ll find a spot to get rid of the body.
Rusty Ryan: All valid ideas. Great initiative. But…
Danny Ocean: But…

Rusty Ryan: Well, She said she liked surprises…

Danny Ocean: Uhuh, and?
Rusty Ryan: hen I gave her one, she dropped the remote on the table and I put the towel back on.

Rusty Ryan: They built em smaller back then.
Danny Ocean: Yeah, but they seemed big.

Rusty Ryan: Are you alright?
Danny Ocean: Yeh, um, I just bit into a pepper.
Rusty Ryan: Is that… are you… are you watching Oprah?

Rusty Ryan: Turn the machine off guys.
Turk Malloy: It is off.
Rusty Ryan: Are you kidding?
Turk Malloy: Does it sound like I’m laughing, sweetheart?

[Danny, Rusty, and Linus are talking to Benedict]
Rusty Ryan: It can’t be done.
Linus Caldwell: We don’t have the manpower.
Danny Ocean: Or the time.
Rusty Ryan: Or a way in.

Rusty Ryan: Relationships can be…
Danny Ocean: Sure.
Rusty Ryan: But they’re also…
Danny Ocean: That’s right.

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