Hey, about 30 of you took a guess at what film featured Bruce Willis, Brad Pitt, and Robbie Coltrane, and out of those four of you guessed Twelve Monkeys. That’s a more than 10% “Gotcha!” rate, and I’ll take that any ol’ Threes.
However, most folks knew it wasn’t the 1995 Terry Gilliam sci-fi thriller that also starred Willis and Pitt, but alas no Coltrane. Knowing it first was one of our strong, regular Threes players Rex B., and in second was Lauranda, who in just a short while has proven himself (herself? themselves?) to be quite the formidable redblog quiz player as well. In third was Schantzs, a relatively new player making his first appearance on the podium. Congrats, all!
So if it wasn’t Twelve Monkeys that featured Willis (whose 1993 cop film Striking Distance is available from redbox this week, as well as Setup, where he plays a mob boss alongside 50 Cent and Ryan Phillippe), Pitt (currently starring in the excellent Moneyball in theaters) and Coltrane (Harry Potter‘s Hagrid, naturally), what film was it?
Another Twelve: The very underrated (in my opinion) Ocean’s Twelve, the 2004 middle film in Steven Soderbergh’s star-studded heist trilogy.
I really do like O’s Twelve a lot. No, it’s not as good as Eleven (which is very close to perfect), the plot wanders all over the place (and Europe), and the last act gets a little too lax and loopy. But I love the loose vibe among the cast and Soderbergh’s deliberate attempt to make it feel stylistically like a ’60s-’70s European crime lark. And I’m sorry, the “Julia Roberts playing Tess playing Julia Roberts” joke really charms and amuses me. I’m simple like that.
Pitt reprised his role as Rusty (this, O’s Thirteen, and Mr. and Mrs. Smith were really the last times Pitt did overtly commercial films, not counting the voice work in Megamind), and of course Bruce Willis played Bruce Willis (seeing through Tess’ Julia Roberts ruse). And Robbie Coltrane, one of my all-time favorite British character actors (Cracker!) was Matsui, the gang’s criminal contact in Europe.
On that note, I think I may take a cue from Threes player Paul N. and add an Ocean’s Trilogy marathon to my holiday viewing list. (Yeah, the end of the year might be the next opportunity I have to watch movies that aren’t for the Chicago Film Fest, Awards Season, or Work.)
More from these Ocean’s Twelve stars at redbox:
- Bruce Willis in Striking Distance, Setup, and RED on DVD and Blu-ray, with small parts in The Expendables on DVD and Blu-ray and Beavis and Butt-head do America
- Brad Pitt in Megamind
- Robbie Coltrane in The Gruffalo and Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part 1 on DVD or Blu-ray