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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

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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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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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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 house of a bank manager, and giving a soda to one of their victims. See more »

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When Joe and Terry are robbing the bank with the big dollar bill as a curtain, Joe asks the manager to do the "all clear" which is to turn George Washington inside. On the next security camera shots, the dollar bill curtain is in its initial position. See more »

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Terry: Kate, there are guys who leave, and there are guys who get left. I don't think it's any mystery as to which category I fall into.
Kate: Terry, I'm not leavin' you.
Terry: You're staying?
Kate: Yeah.
[Kate gives terry a kiss]
Kate: Good night.
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Soundtracks

The Chase
(1963)
From the United Artists motion picture The Great Escape (1963)
Composed by Elmer Bernstein
Courtesy of Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Music Inc.
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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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