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The Bandit (1996)

Eskiya (original title)
The epic adventures of the legendary Baran the Bandit following his release from prison. After serving 35 years, it is no surprise that the world has changed dramatically. Still, Baran ... See full summary »

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Yavuz Turgul

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Yavuz Turgul
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Sener Sen ... Baran
Ugur Yücel Ugur Yücel ... Cumali
Sermin Hürmeriç Sermin Hürmeriç ... Keje (as Sermin Sen)
Yesim Salkim Yesim Salkim ... Emel
Kamran Usluer Kamran Usluer ... Berfo (as Kamuran Usluer)
Ülkü Duru ... Mother of Emel
Özkan Ugur ... Sedat
Necdet Mahfi Ayral Necdet Mahfi Ayral ... Andref Miskin
Kayhan Yildizoglu Kayhan Yildizoglu ... Artist Kemal
Güven Hokna Güven Hokna ... Sevim
Kemal Inci Kemal Inci ... Mustafa
Melih Çardak Melih Çardak ... Demircan
Settar Tanriögen ... Laz Naci
Celal Perk Celal Perk ... Deli Selim
Ümit Çirak Ümit Çirak ... Cimbom
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Storyline

The epic adventures of the legendary Baran the Bandit following his release from prison. After serving 35 years, it is no surprise that the world has changed dramatically. Still, Baran can't help but be shocked to discover that his home village is now underwater thanks to the construction of a new dam. He then heads for Istanbul to get revenge upon his former best friend, the man who snitched on him and stole his lover Keje. Along the way, Baran teams up with Cumali, a tough young punk who finds the thief's old-fashioned ways rather quaint. When Cumali gets into deep trouble with a crime boss, Baran adds another vengeful task to his roster. Written by Anonymous

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Plot Keywords:

bandit | money | prison | bar | mafia | See All (31) »

Genres:

Crime | Drama | Thriller

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Details

Country:

Turkey | France | Bulgaria

Language:

Turkish

Release Date:

29 November 1996 (Turkey) See more »

Also Known As:

The Bandit See more »

Filming Locations:

Istanbul, Turkey See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

TRL 1,200,000 (estimated)

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$1,979,000, 29 October 1997
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Sound Mix:

Mono | Dolby Digital (Restored version)

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

Although known in circles before, this movie brought Erkan Ogur who wrote the soundtrack, to general public attention. See more »

Quotes

Berfo: I am ready to burn in the hell for this love. And you?
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Connections

Spoofed in Pek Yakinda (2014) See more »

Soundtracks

Baran Yildizi/ The star of Baran
Written by Erkan Ogur
Courtesy of Kalan Muzik
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Brilliant movie that reflects important issues in Turkish culture today
29 March 2001 | by gsoysalSee all my reviews

I found this movie to be one of the best that have ever come out of Turkey. It addresses and reflects on many levels issues and transformations that are currently part of Turkish culture . Sener Sen is strong in his role as an aging "eskiya" (a Turkish word for a bandit that would roam the country, making his living off ambush and looting) who returns to his rural home after years of imprisonment only to find his only love taken away to the big city (Istanbul). The story unfolds as an at times romantic, at times funny, at times sad and serious tale which speaks to the multiplicities of modern Turkish life, be it the culture clash (and melding) between city and rural populace, institutional corruption, poverty, and most importantly the identity of a nation that has for almost a century been torn between East and West. The love story driving the whole plot is really only a lighter framework to depict the more important issues in Turkish society that this movie successfully tackles.


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