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Bandidas (2006)

Penélope Cruz , Salma Hayek , Espen Sandberg , Joachim Rønning  |  PG-13 |  DVD
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (105 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Penélope Cruz, Salma Hayek, Steve Zahn, Dwight Yoakam, Denis Arndt
  • Directors: Espen Sandberg, Joachim Rønning
  • Writers: Luc Besson, Robert Mark Kamen
  • Producers: Ariel Zeitoun, Jean-Michel Lacor, Luc Besson, Mehdi Sayah
  • Format: Multiple Formats, AC-3, Color, Dolby, Dubbed, Full Screen, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 5.1), Spanish (Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround)
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish
  • Dubbed: English, Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: PG-13 (Parental Guidance Suggested)
  • Studio: Fox Searchlight
  • DVD Release Date: January 9, 2007
  • Run Time: 93 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (105 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000K7VHNW
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #21,990 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Bandidas" on IMDb

Special Features

  • Commentary byCommentary by Salma Hayek and Penelope Cruz
  • "Burning up the Set with Salma and Penelope" Featurette
  • Theatrical Trailer
  • Both widescreen and full screen versions on the same disc

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First screened in Europe and scheduled for limited release in the U.S., Bandidas can now be viewed by all fans of the visually stunning duo, Penelope Cruz and Salma Hayek. Set in Mexico 1888, Bandidas is a Western spoof about two women, Maria Alvarez (Penelope Cruz) and Sara Sandoval (Salma Hayek), who seek to avenge the tragedies befallen both their fathers under robber baron, Tyler Jackson (Dwight Yoakam). Jackson, employed by the Bank of New York, is sent to Mexico to buy land and open banks to the detriment of local culture. Jackson kills Sara's corrupt father, Don Diego, while bandits burn down Maria's home. The two ladies band together for the community's cause. Under the tutelage of Bill Buck (Sam Sheperd), Sara and Maria develop bank robbery skills. When criminologist, Quentin Cooke (Steve Zahn), hunts them, they convert him with their strong moral sense and good looks. Like any Thelma and Louise-ish tale of women who take charge, Maria and Sara are foil characters who eventually become an invincible, sisterly team. This comedy is built around their bickering. For Sara, with European education and penchant of designer clothing, Maria is a hick who lacks refinement, yet Maria, horse whisperer, can fire a gun. The slapstick is overkill, for example when Sara wonders whether a bandana is Gucci or Prada. However, viewers will love Penelope Cruz on horseback and the two actresses practice-kissing their foe in a brothel. Bandidas is a light film with some laughs and mucho sex appeal. -- Trinie Dalton

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Salma Hayek and Penelope Cruz have never been sexier as they team up for this hilarious, action-packed western! Determined to avenge the deaths of their fathers, Sara Sandoval (Hayek) and Maria Alvarez (Cruz) vow to seize the ill-gotten gains of robber baron Tyler Jackson (Dwight Yoakam). So, with help from a retired bank robber (Sam Shepard) and a jittery criminologist (Steve Zahn), these two beauties become unlikely outlaws, blazing a trail of larceny and laughter across Mexico!

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36 of 38 people found the following review helpful
By Thor
Format:DVD
Bandidas is the film where the two most famous latina stars of Hollywood, Penelope Cruz and Salma Hayek, team up as a dynamite cowgirl duo fighting evil in Mexico, 1888.
There has been a large negative buzz about this film which is a bit unfair. Bandidas is just not to be taken seriously and is just good old entertainment where you have to have your sense of humor switched on. If you are expecting a serious western-drama, you have to look someplace else.

The film, which was releashed in cinemas all over Europe in January and March 2006, wasn't a huge hit. The thing with people was that they were expecting something without so much humour but did get that, which dissapointed them. The humour is indeed a bit too much sometimes, but there are some hilarious moments in the film that are absolutely enjoyable.
The chemistry between Cruz and Hayek is delicious and you can see in the way they are acting that they had a fun time on the set making the film. Next to Cruz and Hayek there is Steve Zahn. Zahn does what he does best: playing a comedic sidekick. He is funny and plays his part well. Dwight Yoakam feels a bit miscast in the film but he does an okay job as the main villian.
There is some drama in the film that feels a bit outnumberd compairing it with the comedic moments which gives the film a kind of messy feeling sometimes. That is too bad, but overall doesn't bother you.

The film has been professionally made and looks good. The special effects, the lush Mexican locations and cameramovements are beautifully done which gives great cinematography. Also the music, composed by Eric Serra is very nice and gives some scenes a nice powerboost and a fun western flavour.

Still the best reason to buy the film are two elements: Cruz and Hayek.
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31 of 35 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Starring Salma Hayek...Need I Say More? September 27, 2007
Format:DVD
I'm going to be honest with you folks, if this western spoof about good-girls-turned-bankrobbers featured, let's say, Cameron Diaz and Kate Beckinsale instead of Salma Hayek and Penelope Cruz, I wouldn't have given it a second thought.

Set in 1880s Mexico, Sara Sandoval (Salma Hayek), a banker's daughter, and Maria Alvarez (Penelope Cruz), a poor farmer's one, have nothing in common but their Mexican heritage and a desire for revenge on the American railroad interests who've sent a thug named Tyler Jackson (played country music superstar Dwight Yoakam) to steal the locals' land, and in the process kill Sara's father and seriously injure Maria's.

You'll have to do much suspension of disbelief and be in a goofy mood for this movie:
On the run from Jackson's men, Sara and Maria enlist the services of veteran bankrobber (Sam Shepard) to teach them all that he knows. Afterwards and bumbling their way through holdups, the ladies attempt to blackmail a Sherlock Holmes wannabe NYPD detective (an extremely miscast Steve Zahn), who is also the fiance of the railroad owner's daughter; however, being at heart nice sweet gals, Sara and Maria instead resort to a much more effective style of 'friendly persuasion' to enlist the dorky-but-crafty New York cop.

BANDIDAS has its moments of cliff hangers and hilarious situations, but overall falls flat, leaving an ending which more than hints at an intended sequel. Still, I've wasted 2 hours on worse product. Salma Hayek's beauty, Penelope Cruz's grace, and a very cool and really smart horse didn't make this movie so bad to watch after all.
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22 of 27 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent January 28, 2007
By Wm19
Format:DVD
If you like action movies with comedy, you'll like this. I liked Salma Hayek's performance in Ugly Betty, so I picked this up at the video store. It's basically a cowboy movie set in Mexico, with Salma Hayek and Penelope Cruz as the partner cowboys robbing banks to save their people. I thought the action and comedy were really well done. Salma Hayek is a rich heiress, newly returned from a European education to her banker father's Mexican home. Penelope Cruz is a Mexican farm girl with an affinity for horses and guns. Some bad guys come into the story and force the farmers to sell their farms for 1 peso, or be shot (or both). Salma and Penelope's fathers get murdered/injured by the bad guys and the two ladies go on the road for some revenge. They rob the bad guy's banks and give the money to support the displaced Mexican people. Salma and Penelope get training in bank robbing, come up with some hilarious schemes to rob armed banks, and even get the crime scene investigator to help them rob banks. The story is set in a beautiful Mexican (I think it's actually shot entirely in Mexico) landscape where the people are good and honest, and the bad guys are out to swindle them. Salma and Penelope, needless to say, are beautiful and hilarious. Their outfits are particularly attractive and they have some great comedic stunts. There's one part that's probably not suitable for children though - at one point the two ladies dress up in brothel dance outfits and take scandalous photos with a unclothed bound man (for purely blackmail purposes). There's a cute dog, a smart horse who can even go up ladders, and lots of beautiful shots of scenery, horses and great music. The movie has a lot of slapstick comedy, two heart-of-gold heroines who bicker with each other, and enough action (gunfights, explosions and horse riding) to keep my husband happy. If you're looking for a comedic action movie with heart in a beautiful historical setting, this is it.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Yoakam not Yoakum...
Published 10 days ago by C. C. Ryder
5.0 out of 5 stars Funny and sexy
Really hard video to find. Funny and sexy!!!
Published 14 days ago by Thomas Richard
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
good movie.
Published 16 days ago by Kevin D. Cashman
5.0 out of 5 stars Just as expected. Delivered as promised.
Just as expected. Delivered as promised.
Published 21 days ago by Cougars
5.0 out of 5 stars Salma Hayek & Penelope cruz are two sexy busty beauties
Bandidas, is a comedy great western co-starring two sexy busty beauties, mexico's salma hayek & spain's Penelope cruz. Read more
Published 29 days ago by Mr. W. J. Wright
3.0 out of 5 stars spanish
I buy the DVDs to learnSpanish. The spoken spanish does not match the subtitles exactly. its completely different at times.
Published 1 month ago by earl williams
5.0 out of 5 stars A really goof flick!
I gave it five stars, even though this is not a "great" movie, as in those that win Academy Awards. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Chris L.
5.0 out of 5 stars Bandidas :)
I love this movie, decently high action, western theme, and two of the most gorgeous Senoritas' to bless the big screen. And both are great actresses too. Read more
Published 2 months ago by S. Guffin
5.0 out of 5 stars Great gal buddyflick
What more could and man (or lesbian) want than to watch Penelope Cruz and Salma Hayek in a movie together? Read more
Published 3 months ago by James Lundsten
3.0 out of 5 stars FUN RIDE
The main reason for we honest guys to watch this is so we can gawk at two of the arguably most beautiful women in the world (both of whom are actually also good actresses! Read more
Published 3 months ago by James Harter
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