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Bandits (1997)

Four female cons who have formed a band in prison get a chance to play at a police ball outside the walls. They take the chance to escape. Being on the run from the law they even make it to... See full summary »


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Jasmin Tabatabai ...
Jutta Hoffmann ...
Werner Schreyer ...
Oliver Hasenfratz ...
August Schmölzer ...
Peter Sattmann ...
Peter Rühring ...
Gefängnisdirektor / Jail House Head
Irmhild Wagner ...
Gefängnispastorin / Prison Chaplain
Barbara M. Ahren ...
Innensenatorin Roth
Helga Storck ...
Aufseherin 1 / Custodian #1


Four female cons who have formed a band in prison get a chance to play at a police ball outside the walls. They take the chance to escape. Being on the run from the law they even make it to sell their music and become famous outlaws. Written by Antje

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Drama | Music

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for language, sexuality and some drug use | See all certifications »






Release Date:

3 July 1997 (Germany)  »

Also Known As:

Bandidas  »

Filming Locations:


Box Office


DEM 7,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$5,358 (USA) (26 September 1999)


$24,187 (USA) (31 October 1999)

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Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?


When Emma is holding West hostage outside of the bar, she pulls back the hammer on her gun. In the next shot, the hammer is at ease. See more »


References The Commitments (1991) See more »


Time Is Now
Vocals by Jasmin Tabatabai (as J. Tabatabai) / Nicolette Krebitz (as N. Krebitz) / Katja Riemann (as K. Riemann)
Lyrics by Nicolette Krebitz (as N. Krebitz) / Katja Riemann (as K. Riemann)
Music by Nicolette Krebitz (as N. Krebitz) / Jasmin Tabatabai (as J. Tabatabai)
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It sure is a one of a kind film. Watch it now it's on video
25 July 2000 | by (Berlin &S.Paulo) – See all my reviews

Hey, this definitely is one to watch. A one of a kind "German Females Shawshank Redemption goes Rock'n Roll." It was a big hit in Germany, though of course that is usually a deterrent for some odd reason. Don't let it be. If you follow video and DVD Releases, you will know it has been available for a few months now (finally) in the USA, where, I believe a movie like this would be a huge success. That is of course if it were in American English and starred Julia Roberts, instead of Katja Riemann, a big star in Germany, but of course a nobody in the US, in spite appearing in the only German movies released in the US in the past 5 years including Der Bewegte Mann - MAYBE, MAYBE NOT, and the COMEDIAN HARMONISTS. She is awesome in this role. If you like prison films, and triumph of the underdog, seemingly against all odds, run and rent this film. It is for you. As the Shawshank Redemption remains the second top-rated movie of all time here, it would follow that BANDITS should be a comparable success in the foreign film department. Additionally, it has all that female bonding which men (who usually make up over 52% of the audience) and I believe most emancipated women love to watch. See it now. You never know when these European films suddenly go out of print. In Germany, it will always be available, and is already a classic, as the previous comment indicates, and represents the majority opinion here. But no one can pinpoint why German movies are just being totally ignored since the 80s, when in fact, they have experienced a rebirth, and have become so much more accessible, so much more American, as has been the trend in almost everything in post World War II Germany. (RUN, LOLA, RUN to many is not really a movie, but a series of music videos according to many, and so can not really be called an exception.) But BANDITS is a real movie, not particularly German AT ALL. Most people will really get a kick out of it if they only gave it a shot. Watch it.

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