Bandits Movie Review Summary

Actors: Bruce Willis, Billy Bob Thornton, Cate Blanchett

Detailed plot synopsis reviews of Bandits

Two criminals escape from prision. They need money so they rob a bank. They then come up with a plan to kindap managers of banks and then rob the bank the next day with the help of the managers. They call themselves the "sleepover bandits." There plan starts off really successfully. However they soon meet a woman who has had very little excitemen. She decides to join them and both bank robbers fall in love with her. This threatens their plans because the bank robbers start to fight over her. They then try to work things out while being followed by the media and police.
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The review of this Movie prepared by Jack Bauer

BANDITS is a film directed by Barry Levinson in 2001.

Two bank robbers, sharing the same dream of opening a night-club in Acapulco, fall in love with a girl who hang on to them after having left her dull husband. While more banks are being robbed by the sleepover bandits, Cate Blanchett decides not to make a choice between them; by taking this decision, she has also become, in a way, an outlaw.
The review of this Movie prepared by Daniel Staebler

Joe (Bruce Willis) is a hard nosed bank robber who escapes from prison with his hypochondriac pal, Terry (Thornton). Together they start successfully robbing several banks around southern California. Cate Blanchett is brilliant as the hostage who both criminals end up falling for. The result is an explosive blend of drama, action, and comedy with some excellent, nuanced characters.
The review of this Movie prepared by Alex Emborsky

Two convicts -- action man Joe Blake (Willis) and nerdy hypochondriac Terry Lee Collins (Thornton) -- break out of Oregon State Prison ... well, Joe breaks out and Terry Lee goes along for the ride. With the help of dim bulb Harvey (Troy Garity), a stunt man-wannabe who serves as their driver, they proceed to rob banks, quietly and calmly, by holding up the manager the night before, staying at his or her home, and going in to the office to remove the goods first thing in the morning before it opens for business. They become known as "The Sleepover Bandits." A bored and restless wealthy housewife named Kate Wheeler (Blanchett) runs away from home and gets thrown together with this unlikely pair, falling first for Joe and then for Terry Lee, which causes considerable stress in the partnership. Although the film is a bit long and slow in spots, and sports a few unfortunate plot holes, there are plenty of laughs and the love triangle turns out to be fairly interesting, especially with Thornton holding the comic center and Blanchett looking better (alternately dingy and direct) than she ever has before. Not terribly weighty or memorable, but quite satisfying anyway.
The review of this Movie prepared by David Loftus

Script Analysis of Bandits

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Plot & Themes

Time/era of movie:    -   1980's-1999 Crime & Scandal    -   Yes Story of    -   criminal falls in love with victim    -   armed robbers!

Main Character

Identity:    -   Male Profession/status:    -   criminal Age:    -   40's-50's Ethnicity/Nationality    -   White American


United States    -   Yes The US:    -   West    -   Pacific NW    -   California City?    -   Yes City:    -   Los Angeles    -   dangerous    -   wealthy Small town?    -   Yes Small town people:    -   nice, like Andy/Opie/Aunt Bee Misc setting    -   prison

Writing Style

Accounts of torture and death?    -   no torture/death Sex/nudity in movie?    -   Yes What kind of sex:    -   kissing Any profanity?    -   Occasional swearing

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