Bandidas (2006)

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Latina heartthrobs Salma Hayek and Penélope Cruz co-headline the rousing indie Western Bandidas. The brainchild of producer/screenwriter Luc Besson (La Femme Nikita, The Big Blue), Bandidas marks one of only a handful of films in its genre (along with Bad Girls, Cattle Annie and Little Britches, and Johnny Guitar) to use women as its principals, and distinguishes itself further by adding hefty doses of comic relief to the Western formula. Hayek and Cruz play Sara and Maria, respectively -- two … More

Rating: PG-13 (for sexuality, nudity and violence.)
Genre: Western, Action & Adventure, Comedy
Directed By: , ,
Written By: Luc Besson, Robert Mark Kamen
In Theaters:
On DVD: Jan 9, 2007
Runtime:
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Cast


as Sara Sandoval

as Quentin Cooke

as Tyler Jackson

as Maria Alvarez

as Clarissa

as Bill Buck

as Regulator

as Padre Pablo

as Cleaning Girl

as Regulator

as Bank Manager
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Critic Reviews for Bandidas

All Critics (13) | Top Critics (2)

A nominal action-comedy that fails to provide either excitement or amusement.

Full Review… | January 10, 2007
Variety
Top Critic

Silly, breezy fun, fueled by playful chemistry between its charismatic, appealing stars.

Full Review… | October 12, 2006
Arizona Republic
Top Critic

Bandidas comes from writer/producer Luc Besson, and it has the same kind of brisk, lightweight comic action as films like Wasabi (2001) and The Transporter (2002).

Full Review… | February 27, 2009
Combustible Celluloid

This is essentially a buddy comedy with cleavage, and quite a bit at that.

Full Review… | July 10, 2007
DVD Review

[C]harmingly goofy...

Full Review… | January 19, 2007
Flick Filosopher

a pleasant surprise, especially for what is basically a DVD release... and it helps to have two gorgeous women headlining the film

Full Review… | January 11, 2007
7M Pictures

Audience Reviews for Bandidas

Light comic fun as two women from different sides of the track team up in Old Mexico to rob banks. Dwight Yoakum is fun as the moustache twirling bad guy, Steve Zahn the ever underappreciated good guy, but the highly watchable leads, Penelope Cruz and Salma Hayek are the buddy team and heart of this Besson produced light entertainment buggy ride.

ApeneckFletcher
Kevin M. Williams

Super Reviewer

Bandidas is unrepentant fun. Salma Hayek and Penelope Cruz begin as opposites in a familiar western theme of revenge against the greedy out to murder, steal, and swindle their land. Initially distrustful of each other, fate soon unites the two feminine heroines against the unscrupulous Tyler Jackson (Dwight Yoakam), ultimately prevailing in this swashbuckling action comedy. This film is multiculturalism at its funniest; it's a joint French/Mexican/American production starring the Spanish Cruz, the Mexican Hayek, filmed by two Norwegian directors, shot in Mexico.

The movie is over the top all the way. It features bank robbery basic training, pratfalls galore, banjos, ice skates, and even "Matrix-y" type slow-mo action. This is the funniest western since Shanghai Noon, but it didn't have catfights. Veteran comedic comrade Steve Zahn is hilarious as the crime scene expert who joins forces with the bad girl robin hoods. Watching his "seduction "scene with Cruz and Hayek, I concluded that he must be the luckiest man in the history of motion pictures!

These leading ladies complement each other like more traditional action duos. You root for them, knowing they'll triumph in the end. They're a dynamic pair alright, and I'm not just talking about their epic chests! In the end, they ride off into the sunset, their legend only to increase.

Clintus M.
Clintus Maximus

Super Reviewer

A somewhat disappointing western adventure, pretty much written for real life friends Cruz and Hayek, who are at least really nice on the eyes. The script, on the other hand, doesn't have much to offer you didn't see a lot funnier in "Maverick", for example. Especially the beginning, when the farm chick and spoiled brat have nothing to do but bitch fight to Mariachi music, is pretty weak. There are a few amusing scenes throughout the second half, especially the bed sequence with Steve Zahn, but then again a lot of logic flaws and pointless stuff. The slow motion part of the showdown is kinda cool but doesn't want to fit into this kind of film at all. Movie fans may at least spot a few references to Sergio Leone, if they consider those stealing or an homage is up to them. But overall, no one who skips this film is missing much.

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Jens S.

Super Reviewer

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