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The Real Story Behind Ocean’s 11

Oceans 11 has to be one of the greatest heist movies of all time. With a top-quality cast, here is the real story behind Ocean’s 11.

Whether it’s Nick Fury assembling his team of Avengers to save the world or Frodo and his squad on their way to Mount Doom, believe it or not, these movies have the same basic makeup as certain popular casino movies. They prompt inspiring questions with plot twists and life lessons and about what you can learn from casino movies. We all enjoy seeing a group of unconventional people joining forces and using their unique abilities to conquer the world. This is no different in the Ocean’s trilogy, but what is the real story behind the Ocean’s 11 film?

Back in the day, cinematic crime films weren’t doing too well, with movies such as Heist, The Big Hit, and a Get Carter remake not really making an impact and thus fading out shortly after their marketing hype died down. Then Danny Ocean assembled his 11. According to the written reviews, this movie didn’t seem to have a hugely positive impact on critics, and IMDB gives it a mere 7.7/10. Yet, it seems this movie had enough in it to inspire the entire generation of heist films that followed.

Don’t let the reviews fool you; this movie did exceptionally well in its premiering week despite being released at the height of the superhero movie era. With movies such as Harry Potter being released a month prior, Lord of the Rings coming out just 12 days afterward, X-men hitting screens the year before, and Spiderman following a year later, the film still managed to make a splash. Against all odds, it still made a staggering $450 million during its time in the cinemas.

The Cast

One could say the success of this undertaking resulted from the combination of the actors who took on this daring feat. Ocean’s 11 stared actors such as:

· George Cloney as Danny Ocean

· Brad Pitt as Robert “Rusty” Ryan

· Bernie Mac as Frank Catton

· Elliot Gould as Reuben Tishkoff

· Casey Affleck as Virgil Malloy

· Scott Caan as Turk Malloy

· Eddie Jemison as Livingston Dell

· Don Cheadle as Basher Tarr

· Shaobo Qin as Saul Bloom

· Matt Damon as Linus Caldwell

This isn’t to say that the film wasn’t extremely well made and that great storytelling didn’t take place. This collection of actors just further plays into the fantasy which the viewers are already dreaming up and allows the audience to feel like they are truly living through the experiences in the story. Or is it something more? Something deeper? Something that some ancient part of us knows to be true? A forgotten tragedy maybe… No, Ocean’s 11 wasn’t based on a true story. But it certainly might have had some fact-based original inspiration!

The Plot

During the 1950s, a man named Anthony Pino was on a revenge mission to get back at the financial sector. He did this in a way that was so cleverly calculated that after hearing the story’s details, one almost wants him to succeed. You can watch a real-life Ocean’s 11 video that explains the story in-depth, but, in short, the target would be the Brinks building in Massachusetts. This building was a financial building responsible for cash, cheques, money orders, and other valuable assets, making it the perfect target.

For the months leading up to the heist, Pino carefully observed the building to find out crucial information, such as the building schedules, shipments, and office activity. He even went as far as to determine the patterns of which lights were turned on and off.

The Heist

As a result of this detailed analysis, Pino foresaw his biggest obstacle. A set of stairs and 5 doors. This plan needed to be perfect. On the day of the heist, there wouldn’t be time to pick each lock. But the gang had a creative way around this – they broke in after office hours, stole a key cylinder, and made a key, and then replaced the key cylinder, so no one would be alarmed. Maybe this is where Danny got the idea of a fake safe to practice on in the movie. Well, that combined with the similarities of how the original gang went about making their getaway.

They stole a shiny new 1949 Ford Stake Body Truck and used this to plan and practice their getaway route all of December. Everything needed to be perfect for them to successfully pull this off. Yes, just like everything had to be perfect to pull off the movie’s casino robbery.

The crew was so aware of this that they attempted the robbery multiple times but called it off because of some unfavorable conditions before finally committing to follow through and complete the “mission.” On the 17th of January 1950, the stars seemed to align, and the plan was put into action. The crew made their way through the back entrance, unlocking all the doors on the way to the 2nd floor with the keys they had made. They threatened the employees with guns, forced them to lie down with their hands tied behind their backs and their mouths taped shut.

Within 35 minutes, the group had gotten all the money out and were driving down the well-worn route in their green Ford. Arguably carrying out one of the most calculated robberies we know of today.

The Outcome

Unfortunately, after laying low and dodging police attention, 11 days before they legally could no longer be charged for their crimes due to the statute of limitations, one of the eleven who was in jail at the time for another robbery agreed to tell the police everything about the crime and pleaded guilty. A sad way to end this long and calculated 35-minute heist that made history.

This story of Pino and his accomplices sounds almost too similar to be a coincidence, although most people, including the actors and director, say that the inspiration for the reboot of the Ocean’s 11 movie-verse came from the original Ocean’s 11 movie, made in 1960.

This may indeed be true for the remake, but what was the inspiration for the 1960 edition? Some whispers around the internet do distinctly remember Pino and his gang, and some are even willing to argue that this is the true story behind the original. What do you think? Is Danny Ocean really just the Hollywood version of Anthony Pino?

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