Ocean’s Eleven (2001)

Ocean's Eleven

George Clooney and Brad Pitt star in Steven Soderbergh’s Ocean’s Eleven (2001)! Learn the answers to questions like: How much does $160 million in cash weigh? Which Ocean’s Eleven is better, the 1960 version or 2001 version? And what exactly is “the biggest Ella Fitzgerald ever”? Listen now to find out!

When Danny Ocean is released from prison, he gets the old gang back together to rob three Las Vegas casinos in one night. In this podcast episode, Scott Croco and Matt Janulewicz unhack Ocean’s Eleven (2001).

Episode Log:

  • Steven Soderbergh’s history (1:10)
  • Casting director Debra Zane (4:55)
  • Summary of Ocean’s Eleven’s story/plot (6:25)
  • General reactions to the movie (8:00)
  • Analysis of the thief lingo used in the movie (11:25)
  • Comparison to the 1960 version of Ocean’s Eleven (18:30)
  • Ending of the 1960 version is very different (25:30)
  • Tapping into Bellagio’s surveillance system (27:00)
  • How social engineering is employed to accomplish surveillance hack (32:05)
  • Social engineering used again to intercept 911 call (35:15)
  • Is the “pinch” in the movie a real thing? (39:05)
  • Why was a remote detonator needed for the vault explosives? (42:50)
  • How much does $160 million in cash money weigh? (44:00)
  • Budget and box Office results (50:15)
  • Critics’ reactions. Sequels (51:10)

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Episode 021 – Ocean’s Eleven (2001) unhacked!
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Additional Information
The Con-Artist Physics of “Ocean’s Eleven”
Non-nuclear electromagnetic pulse (NNEMP)
Pinch (plasma physics)

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