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The Bandit (1996)
"Eskiya" (original title)

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The epic adventures of the legendary Baran the Bandit following his release from prison. After serving 35 years, it is no surprise that the world has changed dramatically. Still, Baran ... See full summary »



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Sener Sen ...
Ugur Yücel ...
Sermin Hürmeric ...
Keje (as Sermin Sen)
Yesim Salkim ...
Kamran Usluer ...
Berfo (as Kamuran Usluer)
Ulku Duru ...
Mother of Emel (as Ülkü Duru)
Necdet Mahfi Ayral ...
Andref Miskin
Kayhan Yildizoglu ...
Artist Kemal
Güven Hokna ...
Kemal Inci ...
Melih Çardak ...
Settar Tanriögen ...
Laz Naci
Celal Perk ...
Deli Selim
Ümit Çirak ...
Cimbom (as Ümit Cirak)


The epic adventures of the legendary Baran the Bandit following his release from prison. After serving 35 years, it is no surprise that the world has changed dramatically. Still, Baran can't help but be shocked to discover that his home village is now underwater thanks to the construction of a new dam. He then heads for Istanbul to get revenge upon his former best friend, the man who snitched on him and stole his lover Keje. Along the way, Baran teams up with Cumali, a tough young punk who finds the thief's old-fashioned ways rather quaint. When Cumali gets into deep trouble with a crime boss, Baran adds another vengeful task to his roster. Written by Anonymous

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29 November 1996 (Turkey)  »

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Sener Sen stated in an interview, "In this movie we try to display our people, our self personalities to the screen. We expect to find the way to reach the universality via tell about us." See more »


Baran: [to Cumali, on the hotel rooftop] Don't be afraid, you will just go to soil, then you will become soil, then you will walk to the body of a flower with waters. From there, you will reach the essence. A bee will get to the essence of the flower. Maybe, maybe that bee will be me.
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Brilliant movie that reflects important issues in Turkish culture today
29 March 2001 | by (Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA) – See all my reviews

I found this movie to be one of the best that have ever come out of Turkey. It addresses and reflects on many levels issues and transformations that are currently part of Turkish culture . Sener Sen is strong in his role as an aging "eskiya" (a Turkish word for a bandit that would roam the country, making his living off ambush and looting) who returns to his rural home after years of imprisonment only to find his only love taken away to the big city (Istanbul). The story unfolds as an at times romantic, at times funny, at times sad and serious tale which speaks to the multiplicities of modern Turkish life, be it the culture clash (and melding) between city and rural populace, institutional corruption, poverty, and most importantly the identity of a nation that has for almost a century been torn between East and West. The love story driving the whole plot is really only a lighter framework to depict the more important issues in Turkish society that this movie successfully tackles.

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