At the film's opening, Danny Ocean (George Clooney) is out on parole -- and ready for some big action. After meeting up with his buddy Rusty Ryan (Brad Pitt), Danny reveals his big plan: rob three casinos -- the Bellagio, the Mirage, and the MGM Grand -- in one night, walking away with $150 million in cash. The three all happen to be owned by Terry Benedict (Andy Garcia) in this twist on the classic gambling movie.
As you can imagine, such a big feat requires both a big plan and a big team. Bankrolled by Reuben Tishkoff (Elliot Gould), Danny and Rusty assemble an eleven-man team, with skills as varied as computer hacking, gymnastics, pickpocketing and grifting. (The ensemble for the supporting cast is an impressive collection of acting talent, including Matt Damon, Don Cheadle, Bernie Mac, and Carl Reiner.) They stake out their target (which holds the money for the three casinos), make their plans, and get ready for the big score.
But what would a heist in Vegas be without a dame? In this case it's Tess (Julia Roberts), a beautiful, smart, witty woman -- who happens to be Danny's ex-wife and Terry's current girlfriend. Is Danny more interested in getting her back than in the millions? Is his desire to get back at Terry going to jeopardize the plan? And how exactly will the crew both get past security and walk $150 million in cash out of the middle of the desert?