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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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Two's Company, Three's A Crime.

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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)  »

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Box Office

Budget:

$75,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$13,050,700 (USA) (12 October 2001)

Gross:

$41,523,271 (USA) (1 February 2002)
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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Barry Levinson: The last staff to the right of the camera in the studio room from Darren's point of view when he presented "Criminals at Large" at the beginning of the film. See more »

Goofs

When Joe is alone in the room boxing the pillow dummy, he throws it into the corner knocking the lamp off the table. In the next cut the table and lamp are undisturbed. See more »

Quotes

[Speaking to Kate after she refuses to get out of the car]
Terry: You're insane!
Kate: I'm unhappy! It's not the same thing.
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Soundtracks

Crazy 'Lil Mouse
Written by Justyn Wilson and Mario Tucker
Performed by In Bloom
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If you like your comedy explained and in-your-face, this one is not for you.
14 November 2004 | by (Here and there.) – See all my reviews

If you like your comedy fully explained and in-your-face, this one is not for you. If you appreciate deeper levels of subtlety and are prepared to suspend hard-nosed reality for the duration, you will love this one. Reminds me of Cohen Bros movies. If you are prepared to relax into it and let the movie take you where IT goes, you are in for a good ride. For those that want to predict a movie and try and show some perceived level of intellectual superiority by telling the person next to them what is about to happen just before it happens (yes - we know they exist), I would hazard a guess that you will not enjoy this movie.

Having said that, I found the movie beautiful in the detail. This is not about grandiose plot, high speed chases and super cool cunning people. This is accidental and bumbling happenstance where random events are delightfully used. Truck, garage door etc. I carried with me the finer and more easily lost details of each character and I found they surprised me and delighted me with often times whimsical twists and subtle growth/support. I didn't find any huge character surprises or character twists, just good solid development, the kind where you can leave your opinions open to the end. Times like the late night rendezvous at the juke box joint and what happens when Bob tries to dance. Perfect. I walked out with a smile on my face, well amused and very much liking the attention to detail in character, shots, lighting, soundtrack etc. Not edge of the seat, sit back and relax.

Nice one.


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