Ocean's Eleven script
Synopsis: Dapper Danny Ocean (George Clooney) is a man of action. Less than 24 hours into his parole from a New Jersey penitentiary, the wry, charismatic thief is already rolling out his next plan. Following three rules: Don't hurt anybody, don't steal from anyone who doesn't deserve it, and play the game like you've got nothing to lose. Danny orchestrates the most sophisticated, elaborate casino heist in history.

FADE IN:

1 EMPTY ROOM WITH SINGLE CHAIR 1

We hear a DOOR OPEN and CLOSE, followed by APPROACHINGFOOTSTEPS. DANNY OCEAN, dressed in prison fatigues,

ENTERS FRAME and sits.

VOICE (O.S.)

Good morning.

DANNY:

Good morning.

VOICE (O.S.)

Please state your name for therecord.

Daniel Ocean.

DANNY:

VOICE (O.S.)

Thank you. Mr. Ocean, the purposeof this meeting is to determinewhether, if released, you arelikely to break the law again.

While this was your firstconviction, you have beenimplicated, though never charged,

in over a dozen other confidence

schemes and frauds. What can youtell us about this?

DANNY:

As you say, ma'am, I was nevercharged.

2 INT. PAROLE BOARD HEARING ROOM - WIDER VIEW - MORNING 2

Three PAROLE BOARD MEMBERS sit opposite Danny, behind atable.

BOARD MEMBER #2

Mr. Ocean, what we're trying tofind out is: was there a reason

you chose to commit this crime, orwas there a reason why you simplygot caught this time?

DANNY:

My wife left me. I was upset. I

got into a self-destructive

pattern.

(CONTINUED)

OCEAN'S 11 - Rev. 1/8/01 2.

2 CONTINUED:
2

BOARD MEMBER #3

If released, is it likely youwould fall back into a similar

pattern?

DANNY:

She already left me once. I don't

think she'll do it again just forkicks.

Glances dart between the Board Members.

BOARD MEMBER #1

Mr. Ocean, what do you think youwould do if released?

Danny considers.

DANNY:

(deadpan)

I don't know. How much do youguys make a year?

3 INT. MINIMUM-SECURITY PRISON - CHECK-OUT STATION - DAY 3

GUARD #2

Ocean, Daniel.

Danny steps forth, and GUARD #1 doles out his possessionsand a form certifying their return to Danny.

GUARD #2

Sign.

(adding a piece ofmail to the pile)

This came today for you. Rest'll

be forwarded to your paroleofficer.

GUARD #1

(reading its returnaddress over Danny'sshoulder)

Those your lawyers?

My wife's.

DANNY:

He opens the letter, and as his eyes gaze over the paperswithin, he smirks just a little.

GUARD #1

What's it say?

(CONTINUED)

3

OCEAN'S 11 - Rev. 1/8/01

CONTINUED:

3.

3

DANNY:

I'm a free man.

4 INT. CHANGING CUBICLE 4

Danny pulls on civilian clothes and there's not a barethread among them. He tugs his cuffs and smiles: The

old skin feels good. One last item to don: a silver

wedding band. Danny considers it. Will he put it on?

5 EXT. MINIMUM-SECURITY PRISON - FRONT GATE - AFTERNOON 5

A sign reads:
"NEW JERSEY STATE MINIMUM-SECURITY

CORRECTIONAL FACILITY." Someone has graffitied below it:

"If you were in prison, you'd be home now."

The great metal door opens, and Danny stands within itsframe, ready for release. (If it matters -- and if younotice -- he's wearing his wedding ring.)

He hovers there for a moment, on the precipice offreedom. The WIND WHISTLES a little on the other side of

the gate, and the view ahead is not pleasant (NewJersey): Life is hard out there.

But Danny musters his courage, then takes his first stepinto free America...

A6 EXT. ATLANTIC CITY BOARDWALK - DUSK A6

Any empty wintery boardwalk.

6 INT. CASINO (ATLANTIC CITY) - NIGHT

... And his wingtip lands squarely on plush redcarpeting.

As we PULL UP TO Danny's face and SPIN AROUND him, wehear, then see the BUZZ of a CASINO floor: the HUM of

CONVERSATION, the DING-DING-DING and THUNK-THUNK-THUNK

from the SLOTS, the brisk WHIR of SHUFFLED CARDS.

And to Danny, it's a hearth and fire and a comfy chairand a snifter of brandy. He's home.

6

ON DANNY'S WALLET

As he pulls out several crisp one hundreds, sets them ongreen felt, then sees them replaced by a neat pile ofchips.

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Ted Griffin

Ted Griffin is an American screenwriter whose credits include Ravenous, Matchstick Men, and Ocean's Eleven. Born in Pasadena, California, Griffin graduated from Colgate University in 1993. more…

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