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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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Nominated for 2 Golden Globes. Another 4 wins & 5 nominations. See more awards »

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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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Color:

Color (CFI)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

The little girl who belches during the dinner scene is Bruce Willis' daughter, Scout Willis, and according to him, that belch was not enhanced. The other girl is another one of Willis' daughters, Tallulah Willis. See more »

Goofs

A sign saying "Bay View Bank" (the real name of the bank they used for filming) is briefly visible as Joe and Terry rob the "San Andreas Bank". See more »

Quotes

Terry: I'm gonna flee from the scene of the crime in the nick of time.
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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 »


Soundtracks

Long Way Home
(uncredited)
Written by J.J. Cale
Performed by J.J. Cale
[Played just after the first bank robbery]
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Entertaining Comedy
17 April 2003 | by Boyo-2See 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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