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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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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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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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Box Office

Budget:

EUR32,000,000 (estimated)

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$18,381,890
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DTS-ES | Dolby Digital EX

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Originally set for a wide US theatrical release in late 2005 and then early 2006; the film was finally given a 22 September 2006 date and was an exclusive Cinema Latino Theatres chain release. See more »

Goofs

There is a blue karabiner visible when one of the bandidas are climbing the rope during one of the bank robberies. See more »

Quotes

Maria Alvarez: [to her horse] Wait for me here. Don't talk to anyone.
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Hoedown Express
by William Bergman (as William J. Bergman)
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Simply put, not a great film...
10 March 2006 | by smartaleck87See all my reviews

...but come on, did you really expect it to be? This movie is what it is: an action comedy (in the loosest sense of the word "action") about two hot Hispanic chicks robbing banks together. It's PG-13, so there's not going to be any real heavy subjects tackled (and sadly, Penelope Cruz and Salma Hayek don't do anything more than shake hands). You have to go into a movie like this with a certain level of suspension of disbelief. Every single Mexican speaks perfect English (yes, even the farmers), Cruz and Hayek pull off a couple near-Matrix-level stunts, and there are other implausibilities.

Even so, occasionally this movie is funny, and though it's bogged down by the usual clichés, there's a mild surprise or two in there as well. This is lazy, rainy Sunday afternoon kind of movie. I wouldn't buy a ticket to see it in theaters or purchase the DVD, but if you have a friend who's renting it or a free pass to the movies, you could see a lot of worse movies.


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