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Bandits (2001)

PG-13 | | Comedy, Crime, Drama | 12 October 2001 (USA)
Two bank robbers fall in love with the girl they've kidnapped.

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Storyline

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 John Sacksteder <jsackste@bellsouth.net>

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Taglines:

Two's Company, Three's A Crime.

Genres:

Comedy | Crime | Drama | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for some sexual content, language and violence | See all certifications »

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12 October 2001 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

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Box Office

Budget:

$75,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$13,050,700 (USA) (14 October 2001)

Gross:

$41,575,141 (USA)
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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Kate's license plate number is 290OKH. See more »

Goofs

When Terry and Joe arrive at a bankers house and announce to the banker that they are going to rob his bank, the banker faints (or spontaneously falls asleep due to narcolepsy). You can see the corner of the mat that he falls on. See more »

Quotes

[Kate starts reciting the lines to "Total Eclipse of the Heart". Joe joins in]
Kate: Oh my god! I can't believe you KNOW that song!
Joe: Yeah. Bonnie Tyler. "Total Eclipse of the Heart". It's the ultimate sappy chick song.
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Crazy Credits

During the end credits on the left side of the screen, you see 2 events happening: 1) Harvey and Claire (the Pink Boots girl) getting married in Mexico & 2) Some more outtake footage from the bandits' interview with Darren Head. See more »


Soundtracks

Wildfire
(1975)
Written by Michael Martin Murphey (as Michael Murphey) and Larry Cansler
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Simply Excellent
9 April 2006 | by (Canada) – See all my reviews

BANDITS (2001) ***** Barry Levinson's 'Bandits' is an outlandish story of two prisoners who break out of restrictive quarters and take to the road for a change of pace. They rob banks to get their income, intertwine with a run-away housewife, and are, of course, chased by the law. From the very beginning the movie takes off with such exciting momentum one may wonder if it will keep its pace until the closing scene; yet it does. Terrific turns by Bruce Willis, Billy Bob Thornton, Cate Blanchett, and Troy Garrity make this the best film of its kind--where we root for the bad guys--since early cinema. Simply excellent.


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