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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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Trivia

Darren Head, the host of "Criminals at Large" was supposedly based on John Walsh from America's Most Wanted: America Fights Back (1988). See more »

Goofs

In the opening scene in the LA bank, Joe fires his shotgun into the ceiling. He ejects the spent shotgun shell; the sound heard on the sound track is a handgun or rifle cartridge case hitting the floor. See more »

Quotes

Terry: Love is a wish you hide in your heart that no one else knows.
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Connections

Referenced in El Crimen Perfecto (The Perfect Crime) (2004) See more »

Soundtracks

Gallows Pole
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Written and Performed by Jimmy Page and Robert Plant
Courtesy of Atlantic Recording Corp.
By Arrangement with Warner Special Products
Courtesy of Mercury Records Ltd. (London)
Under license from Universal Music Enterprises
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Entertaining Comedy
17 April 2003 | by See all my reviews

Fun but no great shakes. Not the best of Barry Levinson's movies but certainly not the worse either.

Billy Bob Thornton is hysterical as Bruce Willis' partner in crime. Their method of bank robbery is rather considerate, all things considered, and kind of touching. They visit the bank president the night before and get in with his cooperation. Why this happens without incident is anyone's guess, but I don't think its supposed to be deep or insightful or anything, and I don't mean that it insults the audience either.

Cate Blanchett is along for the ride, eventually. She doesn't belong with them, or anyone else, but she adds a lot of fun.

I'd rate Billy Bob's hypochondriac in this alongside Woody Allen's in "Hannah And Her Sisters". 7/10.


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