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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.

Director:

Barry Levinson

Writer:

Harley Peyton

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Bruce Willis ... Joe Blake
Billy Bob Thornton ... Terry Collins
Cate Blanchett ... Kate Wheeler
Troy Garity ... Harvey Pollard
Brían F. O'Byrne ... Darill Miller
Stacey Travis ... Cloe Miller
Bobby Slayton ... Darren Head
January Jones ... Claire
Azura Skye ... Cheri
Peggy Miley ... Mildred Kronenberg
William Converse-Roberts ... Charles Wheeler
Richard Riehle ... Lawrence Fife
Micole Mercurio ... Sarah Fife
Scott Burkholder ... Wildwood Policeman
Anthony Burch Anthony Burch ... Phil
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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>

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

Two's Company, Three's A Crime.

Genres:

Comedy | Crime | Drama | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for some sexual content, language and violence | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

12 October 2001 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Outlaws See more »

Filming Locations:

Salinas, California, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$75,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$13,050,700, 14 October 2001, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$41,575,141

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$67,631,903
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Sound Mix:

DTS | Dolby Digital | SDDS

Color:

Color (CFI)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

Hans Zimmer was the only choice for the music composing. However, Zimmer was just finishing Hannibal (2001) and Pearl Harbor (2001) at the time in London, and he already committed himself to Black Hawk Down (2001), which was recorded in the U.S. Barry Levinson said that he would move the film for a later release, waiting for the German composer, since they have been good friends since Rain Man (1988). Zimmer politely refused it. 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

Charles Wheeler: Please, wherever you are, return my wife to me. Kate, if you're listening, I want you to know that I'm okay. I hope you're holding up well, I hope that these gentlemen are treating you correctly, the way you should be treated, and speaking of which, I'm going to Spain next week, so if your kidnappers would like to contact me, they can get in touch with my people, and you know who they are, and the house is waiting for you, right here, where you belong. And the house misses you, I miss you...
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Crazy Credits

During the end credits on the left side of the screen, you see 2 events happening: 1) Harvey and Claire (the Pink Boots girl) getting married in Mexico & 2) Some more outtake footage from the bandits' interview with Darren Head. See more »

Alternate Versions

In an alternate ending, Kate Wheeler (Cate Blanchett) is holding Joe's (Bruce Willis) and Terry's (Billy Bob Thornton) hands while watching the wedding, and she is pregnant. Letting the viewer speculate which man is the father. See more »

Connections

Features The Great Escape (1963) See more »

Soundtracks

Mustang Sally
(1966)
Written by Mack Rice
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SUPER Funny!
9 May 2002 | by melodaSee all my reviews

This is about the best you can get! Although I am not a crook, I was rooting for the bad guys in this movie (which you have to do in order to enjoy it!) I laughed so hard, and was excited the whole way through. Bruce Willis and Billy Bob Thorton are outstanding actors, and do a great job in this movie. Filming in my home state of Oregon, their are great locations throughout this film! After escaping from Oregon State Penitentiary, they have quite a fun-filled journey to Portland, and then make their way south through Oregon towards my home in Southern Oregon. The one thing that comes between them is a woman! Still, they find their way through it somehow, and the ending is the BEST and most surprising I have ever seen!

Best of all, it was filmed in my home state of Oregon (except for the end.) Anyway, this movie is excellent, well done, VERY funny, and has a VERY surprising end. I would recommend it to anybody with a good sense of humor. I give it an A+, and on the 1-10 scale, a 10!


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