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Two convicts, one charismatic (Willis) and the other a hypochondriac (Thornton), break out of prison and immediately start a bank robbing spree, kidnapping bank managers, spending the night with their families, then going with the managers in the morning to rob the banks. Using a dim-witted stunt man as their getaway driver and lookout, the three successfully pull off several jobs (even gaining the attention of a television show about American criminals), and become known as "The Sleepover Bandits." Things are going great until the bank managers begin to realize that the robbers are non-violent and therefore no threat to them or their employees, changing the game for the Bandits. To add to the complications, a bored & unhappy housewife (Blanchett) ends up in the hands of the criminals, and begins to have romantic feelings for both Willis and Thornton, causing a sticky love triangle. Written by
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The storyline is loosely based on real life bank robbers Terry lee Connor and Joseph Daugherty. Many elements of their heists are accurately depicted in this film, including breaking into the home of a bank manager and giving a soda to one of their victims. See more »
At the bar when Terry gets out of his seat the chair falls. A minute later the chair is back up again. See more »
Is this a joke?
No ma'am, this is a bank robbery.
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Music by U2
Lyrics by Bono
Performed by U2
Courtesy of Universal International Music, B.V.
Used by arrangement with Interscope Records and under license from Universal Music Enterprises See more »
Bandits is a fun film high on average laughs and low on most other things, although I thought Cate Blanchett's performance was pretty good, and actually Billy Bob Thornton was hilarious. Bruce Willis does his usual cool act. The story isn't too deep, so don't watch this if you want something thats going to make you think, but it is definitely an amusing premise, and the odd clever moments serve well enough to raise extra smiles. The direction from Barry Levinson is interesting, but really it's just average stuff, no bounderies are pushed, nothing too daring is attempted. Overall there isn't really much to this, but who cares? It's just for fun. Kick back after a hard days work and just enjoy this entertaining flick.
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