KALAMAZOO BEER WEEK: OCEAN’S ELEVEN (2001)

Director Steven Soderbergh
Year 2001
Starring George Clooney, Brad Pitt, Matt Damon, Julia Roberts, Andy Garcia, Don Cheadle, Bernie Mac. Scott Caan, Casey Affleck, Carl Reiner, Elliott Gould
Rating PG-13
Run Time 116min
Age Policy

21 and up. No one under 21 admitted.

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This special beer dinner features four courses paired with four beers from Bell's! You'll be eating almost as much as Brad Pitt does in the film!

Round 1 - Rusty's Nachos: corn tortillas topped with beans, melted cheese and beer-marinated ground beef, paired with a refreshing Bell's Third Coast Beer.
Round 2 - Ceaser Palace Salad: Fresh romaine hearts tossed in Caesar dressing and topped with fresh mozzarella, cherry tomatoes and balsamic reduction. Paired with Bell's Amber.
Round 3 - Only in the Morning: A beer-centric take on the classic shrimp cocktail. Spicy shrimp matched with beer-infused cocktail sauce. Paired with the rarely seen Bell's Roundhouse India Red Ale.
Round 4 - 30 Minutes of Breathing Time: Penne pasta baked up with house-made marinara and Italian sausage, served with a side of garlic bread. Paired with the timeless classic, Bell's Two Hearted Ale.
Round 5 - The Getaway: A spearmint lollipop for dessert, paired with Third Coast Old Ale. 

The original OCEAN'S ELEVEN was a 1960 crime caper that starred Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, Sammy Davis Jr., Peter Lawford, Joey Bishop and Angie Dickinson. It defined the style of Sinatra's now-legendary "Rat Pack" -- those swaggering, swinging, martini-swilling, chain-smoking bon vivants who made Las Vegas their own city-size bachelor pad. Aside from that, however, it wasn't a very good movie.

Forty-one years later, George Clooney and director Steven Soderbergh refashioned the OCEAN'S ELEVEN concept for a new generation, and the result was both a huge box office hit and a far better film than its inspiration. Soderbergh and Clooney had made the marvelous OUT OF SIGHT together in 1998, the movie that finally got Clooney's big-screen career on track after the false starts of THE PEACEMAKER and the infamous BATMAN & ROBIN. By the time OCEAN'S ELEVEN rolled out, Clooney had departed his wildly successful TV series ER and was solidly established as a major star, with hits like O BROTHER, WHERE ART THOU? and THE PERFECT STORM under his belt. Soderbergh was also on a hot streak, having scored in 2000 with the drug saga TRAFFIC and the across-the-board smash ERIN BROCKOVICH, which brought Julia Roberts a best actress Oscar.

Roberts was brought on board for OCEAN'S ELEVEN, alongside Brad Pitt, Matt Damon, Don Cheadle, Casey Affleck, Scott Caan, Carl Reiner, Elliott Gould and Andy Garcia. The star-studded cast added an extra spark to the engagingly tricky screenplay, which follows ex-con Danny Ocean (Clooney) as he masterminds a scheme to rob three of Vegas' most high-profile casinos with 11 world-class thieves, including smooth operator Rusty Ryan (Pitt), pickpocket extraordinaire Linus Caldwell (Damon), explosives pro Basher Tarr (Cheadle) and Vegas insider Frank Catton (Bernie Mac). Roberts plays Tess, Ocean's edgy ex-wife, who has become romantically entangled with terry Benedict (Garcia), the wealthy high-roller who owns the trio of casinos Ocean and his associates are planning to hit.

Opening during the holiday season, the comedy became one of the biggest hits of 2001 and turned into a lucrative little franchise: Clooney, Soderbergh, Pitt, Damon and most of the rest of the crew returned for the 2004 OCEAN'S TWELVE and the 2007 OCEAN'S THIRTEEN. (James Sanford)   

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