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Ocean's 11 question : Rusty's codenames (1 Viewer)

Alex Spindler

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I've been loving this film on repeat viewing, and have come up with one bit of brilliant dialogue that I would love to decode.
Early on in the film, as Danny and Rusty are reviewing the blueprints for the vault, Rusty rattles off his initial requirements.
"Off the top of my head, I'd say you're looking for a Boesky, a Jim Brown, two Jethros, and a Leon Spinks, not to mention the biggest Ella Fitzgerald ever."
Now I know these really don't mean anything, but it could be a fun exercise to figure them out.
What do you think these roles refer to?
I'm guessing
  • Boesky - Ivan Boesky? Maybe he's referring to the lifter, in this case Damon?
  • Jim Brown - Athlete? Maybe this is the Chinese guy?
  • two Jethros - pretty obviously the Malloy twins
  • Leon Spinks - The heavyweight? Maybe this is Basher and his bombs?
  • Ella Fitzgerald - the Prima Donna distraction? I'm thinking this is Carl Reiner.
Any thoughts?
 

Robert Crawford

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Alex,
After listening to both commentaries a while back, you can rest assure that those nicknames mean absolutely nothing, but at least they sounded cool.



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