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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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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
... Joe Blake
... Terry Collins
... Kate Wheeler
... Harvey Pollard
... Darill Miller
... Cloe Miller
... Darren Head
... Claire
... Cheri
... Mildred Kronenberg
... Charles Wheeler
... Lawrence Fife
... Sarah Fife
... Wildwood Policeman
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>

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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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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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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

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 »

Goofs

When Joe gets knocked in the boxing ring at the jail, his right hand jumps from resting on his hip to being on the floor between shots. See more »

Quotes

[Speaking to Kate after she refuses to get out of the car]
Terry: You're insane!
Kate: I'm unhappy! It's not the same thing.
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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 »

Connections

References It Happened One Night (1934) See more »

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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Entertaining Comedy
17 April 2003 | by See all my reviews

Fun but no great shakes. Not the best of Barry Levinson's movies but certainly not the worse either.

Billy Bob Thornton is hysterical as Bruce Willis' partner in crime. Their method of bank robbery is rather considerate, all things considered, and kind of touching. They visit the bank president the night before and get in with his cooperation. Why this happens without incident is anyone's guess, but I don't think its supposed to be deep or insightful or anything, and I don't mean that it insults the audience either.

Cate Blanchett is along for the ride, eventually. She doesn't belong with them, or anyone else, but she adds a lot of fun.

I'd rate Billy Bob's hypochondriac in this alongside Woody Allen's in "Hannah And Her Sisters". 7/10.


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