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Bandidas (2006)

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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Ashe
Audra Blaser ...
Clarissa Ashe
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Bill Buck
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Don Diego
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Pedro (as Carlos Cervantes)
José María Negri ...
Padre Pablo
Lenny Zundel ...
Bernardo
Edgar Vivar ...
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Brujo
Filiberto Estrella ...
Midget
Yomo Tlazotlalli ...
Gordo (as Yomo Tlazotlally)
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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 <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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

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18 January 2006 (France)  »

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Бандитки  »

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€32,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$796,693 (France) (27 January 2006)
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Penelope Cruz and Steve Zahn also starred in Sahara (2005) together See more »

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The sock in Quentin Cooke's mouth disappears and reappears during the "photo shoot", while you can still hear his muffled voice. See more »

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Maria Alvarez: [to her horse] Wait for me here. Don't talk to anyone.
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Habanera
from "Carmen"
by Georges Bizet
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simply enjoyable
18 March 2006 | by (Netherlands) – See all my reviews

This is simply enjoyable to watch which is all the more an accomplishment as it has a lot against it. The mayor downside being that all through the movie you have the feeling that you have seen this all before. The setting, humor and interaction does remind you of "The Mask Of Zorro" (best example being the horse). The storyline is not that interesting and gives you the idea that it has just been written to create the setting and atmosphere. The acting is also no Oscar material but is very adequate. So it doesn't quite sound like a must see movie.

Then why should you see this one? I can't put my finger on it but somehow the whole package seems to work. Of course as a healthy guy I have to say that Salma Hayek and Penelope Cruz as main attractions do raise my interest. Furthermore Steve Zahn has always had my sympathy as he always seems to be able to be much more than likable in the parts he plays. And finally, the directors come up with one or two original gags and camera shots that at least I hadn't seen before.

This is not Oscar material, but if you want to spend a comfortable hour and a half watching a movie this one will suit you fine.


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