(1,037)6.52 h 3 min2001X-RayPG-13
HD. Two bank robbers fall for the housewife they abduct in this breezy caper starring Bruce Willis, Billy Bob Thornton, and Cate Blanchett.
Barry Levinson
Bruce WillisBilly Bob ThorntonCate Blanchett
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Barry LevinsonHarley PeytonMichael BirnbaumPatrick McCormickPaula WeinsteinDavid Hoberman
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4.6 out of 5 stars

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John WernerReviewed in the United States on September 16, 2017
4.0 out of 5 stars
In My Estimation It's A 4.5-Star Fun Watch With Great Characters & Dialog
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A movie about bandits robbing banks? Well, in a way Bandits is that. It happens to be more about the couple of guys who are the bandits. That makes it more than a crime caper. This movie pulls you in but hardly due to criminal behavior as it quickly becomes a story of the relationship between two disparate prison escapees. In this way the movie rises to something different, and better.

First there’s two interesting main characters who play the escapee bandits. The creation of these characters through intelligent and witty writing brings makes their union especially good. What really brings the two to life is the portrayals of these two by Bruce Willis and Billy Bob Thornton. They raise excellent writing to a high level indeed through their individual talent and pure chemistry. Part of the synergy between the two is certainly their often opposite approaches to life. Willis’s smoothness is accentuated by Thornton’s nervous brainy take on their situation. It’s like mixing oil and vinegar and with some added spices a great union results making each better. The great enjoyment of this movie is seeing their diversity coming together in snappy dialog and brilliant answers in the form of their actions. The added spices are quite well realized with their mentally affected driver Harvey played gloriously off-center by Troy Garity and a great lost and lonely female love interest Kate played by the often scene stealing Kate Blanchett. With Willis and Thornton’s roles being played out so well it’s a high praise that Garity and Blanchett keep up so well. As a viewer the criminal thing is just a vehicle for some quite special characters to unfold around. As a viewer you relish their interplay much more than than the crimes everything revolves around. I won’t spoil the actual story other than to say it’s a very good palate in which all involved paint a modest masterpiece of characters you invest in and root for. The ever present thread of comedy is the string that ties it together for pure entertainment.

Great colorful characters, a good story (sure there’s plenty of holes and not a one that matters), witty and smart dialogue, and nice music seal this deal, director Barry Levisnon wrapped up one fantastic ride!
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Robert DeSantisReviewed in the United States on September 30, 2018
5.0 out of 5 stars
Really Good and Entertaining Movie With A Great Surprise Ending!!
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I don't want this to be a spoiler alert type of critique, but hey, what the hell...let's begin! No, it's a good movie based loosely on the hijinks of two actual criminals who put a twist on the art of robbing banks. Yes, there are parts in the movie that maybe should have been re-written a bit or just cut out entirely but there's no such thing as a perfect film and some of the criticisms of the other viewers are really nitpicking, to say the least! I would have really loved to see more character development between Bruce and Billy Bob, especially before their escape from prison, but as-is they have a really good relationship (despite their vast personality differences) and loyalty to each other, but it I'm sure it would have added some more insight into how they initially crossed paths. Troy Garity's character is hilariously dim witted and adds to the film's comedic appeal. Billy Bob's character seems to suit him quite well and Bruce Willis seems quite at ease with his and he pulls it off great. The only part I would have REALLY liked to have seen re-written was how cate's character and Bruce fall in love. It's really idiotic!! Cate leaves her husband for Willis over a cheesy '80s song by Bonny Tyler?? That was really stretching it, almost to the "gag me" point!!! And the parts that show Bruce and Billy Bob getting interviewed about the art of bank robbery by Bobby Slayton should have never been inserted into the film. In it's place I would've wanted more info into how the two met in the first place. But, despite these flaws, the film is absolutely great entertainment and the ending is sure to put a smile on your face!!
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MyOpinionReviewed in the United States on October 6, 2018
5.0 out of 5 stars
Just One Last Big Job....Famous Last Words
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Two compadres, Joe (Willis) and Terry (Thornton), go on a bank robbing spree adding unique, if not quirky, personalities, to their entourage as they go about their business in a most unusual, charismatic and polite manner. The "Over-Night Bandits" attract massive media attention for their oddly friendly style of dining and staying the night with their victims in order to assure a smooth transaction with those involved in getting to the money. Enter the attractive nutzy love-starved redhead, Kate (Blanchett), who threatens to come between the dynamic-duo's dreams of a new start in Mexico after one last big job as love and friendship collide, and Kate becomes deeply interwoven in their life of crime. Add in a rather unreliable if not distracted desert cowboy buddy, Harvey (Garity) and these characters make for precarious and unpredictable circumstances.
Hilarious dialogue and situations, Willis' performance is charismatic as ever. Thornton clever minded if not the obsessive hypochondriac with introspective observations of life along the way. The ending was imaginative and unexpected, something so many directors fail to achieve, this one delivers without fail!
You may wonder how this movie slipped by you without coming to your attention and garnering the accolades it deserved, but if we look at the release date, October 12, 2001, we realize, this film debuted only 1 month after our nation was still deeply in shock following the 9/11 attacks.
Rated PG-13, this is a great Saturday night flick!
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Billie BozoneReviewed in the United States on May 27, 2016
5.0 out of 5 stars
Oldie but Goodie with Great Stars
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This definitely an oldie but goodie! Bruce Willis at his charming best, Billy Bob Thornton as an entirely believable hypochondriac, and Cate Blanchett at her most beautiful: what's not to like. The plot is cleverly given the viewer in flashbacks and with a tv host's show involved as well, but there is no denying that the whole thing is great fun. The humor and the spectacular action keep you watching. The end of the film is something to be watched and re-watched. As is the scene with Kate in the kitchen. And many others. Definitely on the list to watch again and again.
6 people found this helpful
CoolmakerReviewed in the United States on March 26, 2017
5.0 out of 5 stars
Implausible but hilarious
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This is a very entertaining film with a good roster of actors. You can't take any of it too seriously but it was great fun to be along for the ride. Billy Bob Thornton should have received some kind of award for his character, who was a phobia-ridden hypochondriac, with a fear, among other things, of antique furniture. Great fun and it ended well with a quite unexpected twist.
3 people found this helpful
joel wingReviewed in the United States on August 21, 2021
3.0 out of 5 stars
Goofy heist story
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Bandits is a goofy heist story that falters a bit in the middle. Bruce Willis and Billy Bob Thornton are bank robbers when Willis meets Cate Blanchett and decides to take her along on their capers. Thornton is the more interesting character out of the three. He has all kinds of phobias and is neurotic. When they rob banks there’s some absurdities. The middle turns into a romance and loses its momentum. Thankfully it redeems itself at the end.
N-kov-who-likes-sailingReviewed in the United States on September 6, 2017
5.0 out of 5 stars
I got it. It is a movie about friends and their play time.
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Great movie. I watched it probably 10 times over those 15-16 years. More often recently than before. Do not get me wrong, I like other movies. But only very few I watched several times. This one is special somehow to me. It has a mood, it has a rhythm, it has great music score. Finally, it has a great cast with the perfect chemistry between them. For a very long time, I could not understand what makes me watch this movie once in a while even though I remember almost all dialogs. Today I got it! It is a sense of freedom, a sense of being an outlaw. Unlike classic westerns that describe a life long time ago, this is about current (almost current) times. Bandits live it in a modern world full of strict rules in which we live. We - not bandits - abide by these rules. How to keep up a credit score high, what to eat to minimize payments on life insurance, what renovation to do to the house to maximize its value, etc, etc. Bandits are not like us. They do not care about all this. They somehow care about more mundane things such as how not to get caught. That leaves plenty of time for them to interact with each other. It turns out they are much better with this than most of us. Bandits really are friends. It is not a love story by all means. Even though they had sex but it is still not about love. These are friends who play together. Their playtime is a little bit dangerous and adventurous -- robbing a bank -- but it is a play none the less. During the movie, something tells you that you would love to be there, to play with them if not only the consequences of being caught... Right. Gosh! I have to pay my electricity bill, I totally forgot.
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VestaReviewed in the United States on August 16, 2017
5.0 out of 5 stars
How did I miss this?
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Like many other reviewers, I had never heard of this one -- how did that happen? I love good heist films and this is one, but much more -- witty and extremely well-acted. If you want an action movie, then find something else. If you want great characters, great relationships and a great plot, this is for you.
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