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Bandidas (2006)

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In turn-of-the-century Mexico, two very different women become a bank-robbing duo in an effort to combat a ruthless enforcer terrorizing their town.
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Penélope Cruz ... Maria Alvarez
Salma Hayek ... Sara Sandoval
Steve Zahn ... Quentin
Dwight Yoakam ... Tyler Jackson
Denis Arndt ... Ashe
Audra Blaser Audra Blaser ... Clarissa Ashe
Sam Shepard ... Bill Buck
Ismael 'East' Carlo ... Don Diego
Gary Carlos Cervantes ... Pedro (as Carlos Cervantes)
José María Negri ... Padre Pablo
Lenny Zundel ... Bernardo
Edgar Vivar ... Expl. Bank Manager
Ernesto Gómez Cruz ... Brujo
Filiberto Estrella Filiberto Estrella ... Midget
Yomo Tlazotlalli Yomo Tlazotlalli ... Gordo (as Yomo Tlazotlally)
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Storyline

In 1848, a New York bank wants to put a railroad across Mexico, so it buys up small banks around Santa Rita, Durango, and evicts farmers on the proposed rail line who owe money. The bank's henchman is the murderous Jackson. He runs afoul of two women, María, the tough but uneducated daughter of a farmer, and Sara, the European-educated daughter of the owner of one of these banks. To feed the now landless people and to seek revenge, María and Sara become bank robbers, veritable Robin Hoods. But Jackson and his hired guns are after them. What are the women's options? Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Wanted...alive or dead (DVD) See more »


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for sexuality, nudity and violence | See all certifications »

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Details

Country:

France | Mexico | USA

Language:

English | Spanish

Release Date:

18 January 2006 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

Бандитки See more »

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Budget:

€32,000,000 (estimated)
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DTS-ES | Dolby Digital EX

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Color

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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Penelope Cruz and Salma Hayek had been good friends for many years before making the film. See more »

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The rapid rate of pistol fire attributed to both Maria and Sarah, later, can only be produced by a double-acting revolver, which development came about in the Western Hemisphere with the Colt 1877 (named for its year of introduction). Europeans used this technology as early as 1873. At the end of the movie, we see Maria pulling the trigger, causing the cylinder to revolve before the hammer comes down on a spent cartridge (double action - pull trigger to both cock and fire in one motion). Likewise, just after Sarah shoots Jackson, we see a side view of her pistol, and the hammer jogs forward just a bit indicative of a double-acting pistol. See more »

Quotes

Tyler Jackson: Your gold. Or, rather, should I say, my gold.
Governor: I'm not following you.
Tyler Jackson: No, sir, you're not.
[Pushing the Governor out of the train]
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Soundtracks

On The Beautiful Blue Danube
by Johann Strauss (as J. Strauss)
Arr. R.A.F. Music Library
K Musik / KPM Music
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simply enjoyable
18 March 2006 | by rene2030See all my reviews

This is simply enjoyable to watch which is all the more an accomplishment as it has a lot against it. The mayor downside being that all through the movie you have the feeling that you have seen this all before. The setting, humor and interaction does remind you of "The Mask Of Zorro" (best example being the horse). The storyline is not that interesting and gives you the idea that it has just been written to create the setting and atmosphere. The acting is also no Oscar material but is very adequate. So it doesn't quite sound like a must see movie.

Then why should you see this one? I can't put my finger on it but somehow the whole package seems to work. Of course as a healthy guy I have to say that Salma Hayek and Penelope Cruz as main attractions do raise my interest. Furthermore Steve Zahn has always had my sympathy as he always seems to be able to be much more than likable in the parts he plays. And finally, the directors come up with one or two original gags and camera shots that at least I hadn't seen before.

This is not Oscar material, but if you want to spend a comfortable hour and a half watching a movie this one will suit you fine.


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