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Bandits (2001)

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A couple of bank robbers who have recently escaped from prison hit on the idea of taking the manager hostage, and then getting to the bank first thing in the morning, but when they accidentally pick up a bored housewife to whom they are both attracted, and their get away driver is distracted by a blonde hitch-hiker, their plans start to go wrong; things made worse when the bank employees realise that they are not going to be hurt; in order to extracate everybody from an increasingly dire situation, some ingenuity is required.


The guys escape in a concrete truck, bank robberies take place, Cate the bored house-wife joins the team, the camera dwells on her and the robbers argue about her while she snuggles up to them both. The get away driver, who is an aspiring stunt man, practices his stunts and fake shootings. The robbers drive about in a Pontiac GTO (I think), and the whole thing is more or less filmed in flash back while the robbers are being interviewed on a version of “America’s Most Wanted”.


A View You can’t get away from the fact that Cate Blanchett is extremely glamorous, but the camera dwells on her for too long; the arguments about her between the robbers are in the end boring, and the resolution just a bit creepy, but perhaps I’m being sensitive. Probably a watch for nothing, and once you have got the idea you can do something else.
Duration 2h 3m Rating (UK) 12
Source of story An original screenplay (I thought it was a film of Elmore Leonard’s “Bandits”, but no, it actually mirrors the exploits of some real bank robbers.)
Director Barry Levinson
Writers/Script Harley Payton
Starring Bruce Willis, Billy Bob Thornton, Cate Blanchett, Troy Garity, January Jones
Additional Info Bruce Willis’s daughters appear in an early scene. Despite the star cast it does not seem to have made its money back. It could be that they were too expensive.

About Victor R Gibson

Author of this site three technical books and two novels


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