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In turn-of-the-century Mexico, two very different women become a bank-robbing duo in an effort to combat a ruthless enforcer terrorizing their town.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Audra Blaser ...
Clarissa Ashe
Bill Buck
Ismael 'East' Carlo ...
Don Diego
Pedro (as Carlos Cervantes)
José María Negri ...
Padre Pablo
Lenny Zundel ...
Edgar Vivar ...
Expl. Bank Manager
Ernesto Gómez Cruz ...
Filiberto Estrella ...
Yomo Tlazotlalli ...
Gordo (as Yomo Tlazotlally)


In 1848, a New York bank wants to put a railroad across Mexico, so it buys up small banks around Santa Rita, Durango, and evicts farmers on the proposed rail line who owe money. The bank's henchman is the murderous Jackson. He runs afoul of two women, María, the tough but uneducated daughter of a farmer, and Sara, the European-educated daughter of the owner of one of these banks. To feed the now landless people and to seek revenge, María and Sara become bank robbers, veritable Robin Hoods. But Jackson and his hired guns are after them. What are the women's options? Written by <>

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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for sexuality, nudity and violence | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

18 January 2006 (France)  »

Also Known As:

Бандитки  »

Box Office


€32,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$796,693 (France) (27 January 2006)

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Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


In the film the character played by Penelope Cruz is the daughter of a Mexican farmer. In reality Cruz is from Spain. Selma Hayek's character in turn plays the daughter of a Don who has just returned from Spain. Hayek herself was born in Mexico. See more »


While the movie is set in 1848, the map on the wall shows the current border between Mexico and the US which was formalized in 1854 with the Gadsden Purchase. See more »


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Harmless Fun!!!
19 February 2006 | by (Belgium) – See all my reviews

Bandidas is a conventional, predictable cinematic product and yet, it manages to be a laughing out loud experience and a great time at the movie theater.

The story of the two opposite mexicanas played by Salma Hayek and Penelope Cruz kicks off when both meet personal tragedy and seek for revenge (first, for themselves and them for the whole people of Mexico).

Hayek and Cruz are great to watch as the film highlights their comedian and physical talents quite well.

Technical work on the film is also top notch and Steve Zahn/Sam Shepard's supporting roles bring both masculinity and humor to this laugh-fest.

Overall, this movie will not win any Oscars but it will definitely win the heart of the audiences.

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