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Bandits

2001

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After escaping from prison, two bank robbers leave a trail of car wrecks, robbed banks and an adoring public. They kidnap a disillusioned housewife during a heist, and end up fighting for her affection; to her, they together make the perfect man.

Starring:
Bruce Willis, Billy Bob Thornton
Runtime:
2 hours, 3 minutes

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Product Details

Genres Drama, Romance, Comedy
Director Barry Levinson
Starring Bruce Willis, Billy Bob Thornton
Supporting actors Cate Blanchett, Troy Garity, Brían F. O'Byrne, Stacey Travis, Bobby Slayton, January Jones, Azura Skye, Peggy Miley, William Converse-Roberts, Richard Riehle, Micole Mercurio, Scott Burkholder, Anthony Burch, Sam Levinson, Scout LaRue Willis, Tallulah Belle Willis, John Evans, John Harrington Bland
Studio MGM
MPAA rating PG-13 (Parents Strongly Cautioned)
Captions and subtitles English Details
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By A Customer on October 9, 2001
Barry Levinson has come through again with a great comedy that is really a very well made character story not unlike his previous work in Good Morning Vietnam or Wag the Dog. This is one of the few really good movies I've seen this year. This movie succeeds on the levels of comedy, characters, and technical achievement. Highly recommended.
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Don't listen to the other reviewers. You seldom go wrong with Bruce Willis, especially if Billy Bob and Cate Blanchett are factored into the equation. Actors aside, the multi-layed flashbacks of the script are thrilling and clever, with a doozy scenario of the suavest outlaws you've seen in a while.
The romance (triangular, no less) is interesting and the dialogue sports several quotable quips. 75% into the movie, the romance dragged for a 5-6 minutes, but that is forgiveable.
Oh, and the soundtrack is marvellous. Get this one as soon as you can.
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I went to see this movie last night at one of the Seattle Sneak Preview venues. I have to say that this was the best film I had seen in a long time.
Joe (Bruce Willis) and Terry (Billy Bob Thornton) are convicts in the Oregon State Prison. On the spur of the moment Joe decides to hijack a cement truck and make good his escape. Terry, a certifiable hypochondriac, goes along for the ride. These two bank robbers become endearing figures to the audiance as they wreck havoc from Oregon, through Nevada into California. Kate (Cate Blanchett) joins up with them as a permanent hostage while she tries to escape her boring life and marriage.
This movie is incredibly funny and quirky and I rate it a must see for Bruce Willis fans. (p.s. there is some similarity between the comedic style and main character [Bruce] in this film and the film classic "The Hudson Hawk", also starring Bruce Willis!)
I also must mention an cameo apperance by the ever lovely KTLA Sky Cam reporter, Jennifer York. She is only on screen for 10 seconds, but she does add a bit of grace to the film.
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I stumbled across this movie on cable one night and was immediately captured by it, much like the bank managers chosen for one of their capers by Bruce and Billy Bob. This is an intriguing tale that draws the viewer in father with each scene, and both boys give excellent performances, but the real star of the show is Ms Blanchett, who characteristically inhabits her role from the bone marrow out, switching back and forth between her character's own diverse personalities along the way. That the caper ends with all using their brains to get away cleanly makes it even better. Can't say enough about this film.
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By T. Bellows on January 22, 2005
Format: VHS Tape
In brief--one of the flat-out funniest movies ever. All the characters are off the wall, yet with a kind of dead-pan humor that gets you going. I don't agree with the philosohy that it's okay to steal from the wealthy, but still the movie comes across. Just so well brought off! The wonderful "turn" at the end will satisfy too. Great laughs. Neurotic, off-beat characters we like anyway!
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All three of the leading roles in this movie are superbly acted. Willis and Thornton play roles very different from the other ones I've seen them in, and they have a delightful on-screen chemistry. In the movie, the viewer sees how they both need one another and how they can despise the idiosyncracies of eachother. The fact that they both love the same woman (the oustanding Blanchett) just adds to the drama.

All of this wonderful love triagle is set behind a raucous bank robbery plot. These guys are the darn nicest, friendliest bank robbers ever, and I was rooting for them the whole time! It's always a sign of a masterful storyteller when they can make you root for the bad guys.

I can't think of any movie to compare this to. I wish there were more like it. This film was underrated, in my opinion. I own it on DVD and everyone I show it to enjoys it, but seems to have missed hearing about it when it was in theaters. Check this one out and enjoy yourself!
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Bruce Willis and Billy Bob Thornton break out of jail and proceed to rob banks in a unique fashion.
Much better than I expected. I had every intention of ignoring this film while surfing the net. I was quickly pulled into the film and watching with rapt attention. It was hilarious.
The DVD has the option to watch the film in widescreen or standard. There's an alternate ending and a few deleted scenes.
This DVD is well worth watching and buying.
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"Bandits" is not the best movie ever made, but it is made with such skill and talent that it rises head and shoulders above the rest of the dreck out there.

Joe (Bruce Willis) has anger-management issues. Terry (Billy Bob Thornton) is a hypochondriac. In prison, they have formed a friendship that each seems to rely on. One day, Joe impulsively decides to break out, using an unattended cement mixer. Terry quickly jumps in and they are free. After they have eluded the cops, they quickly form a foolproof plan to rob banks. They will visit the bank manager at home, the night before, stay with them, and then rob the bank the next morning. Joe enlists the aid of his slow-witted cousin, a young man interested in becoming a stuntman, to be their driver. The first such robbery goes off without a hitch and they quickly become known as the Sleep Over bandits. The threesome split up and agree to meet two weeks later at their next location. En route to the meeting, Terry runs out of gas. Walking to get more gas, he is hit by Kate (Cate Blanchett). She insists on taking him to the doctor and when she figures out who and what he is, she decides to go along for the ride, to escape from her oppressive marriage. Joe is very interested in Kate and the three form a strange sort of relationship.

Written by Harley Peyton and directed by Barry Levinson, "Bandits" is a strange little slice of wonderful. The film tells the story using a strange mixture of styles. At times, we think the story is told in flashback, using a climatic bank robbery in Century City, Los Angeles, as the catalyst. Other times, the story seems to be part of a documentary on an "America's Most Wanted" clone.
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