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It’s a landmark in Auburn pop culture references, now more than ever. Because not only is it one of the earliest in film (and starring Frank Sinatra and Angie Dickinson, no less), it’s now also the most prophetic.
War Eagle, Ol’ Blue Eyes…
Another thing that makes this scene from the original Oceans 11 (1960) so great is that sice it started filming in April 1959, it’s not like it had to be a wink from some Auburn fan screenwriter. It’s just good, realistic dialogue.
Auburn was on top of the football world. They were at the end of half a decade’s worth of dominance over the Tide, coming off two undefeated seasons (and shoulda-been championship seasons) in a row. That spring, an Auburn win over Alabama would have seemed a given. So no wonder the eye roll in Angie’s voice, the ‘duh’ nonchalance of the delivery. It was expected. A done deal. Take it to the bank, Frank…
Know of any Auburn references in pop-culture? Drop us a line: firstname.lastname@example.org
Related: The Iron Bowl according to ‘Big Fish’.
* John Travolta in an Auburn shirt
* Auburn’s Legend of Zelda
* Pat Sullivan orders a “Wishbone T” on Bob Hope
* “Cougar Town” star gets Glom’ed
* Auburn-educated astronaut wanted ‘War Eagle’ to be first words on the moon
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