Bandidas

2006

Bandidas

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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 women whose fathers (one a banker, the other a peasant farmer) are each wiped out by a nasty, vile, gun-wielding swindler named Tyler Jackson (Sling Blade co-star and country music singer Dwight Yoakam). Jackson cuts a bloody swath across the Southwest as he reduces one bank after another to an impoverished trash heap. In revenge, these women (who sit at opposite ends of the personality spectrum) vow to beat Tyler at his own game by hitting and robbing each of the banks before their father's killer can reach them. Steve Zahn co-stars as the "criminal science" officer who aids the girls in their mission; Espen Sandberg and Joachim Roenning co-direct.

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Cast

Penelope Cruz
as Maria Alvarez
Salma Hayek
as Sara Sandoval
Steve Zahn
as Quentin Cooke
Dwight Yoakam
as Tyler Jackson
Audra Blaser
as Clarissa
Sam Shepard
as Bill Buck
Karl Braun
as Regulator
José María Negri
as Padre Pablo
Daya Fernandez
as Cleaning Girl
Edgar Vivar
as Bank Manager
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  • Apr 06, 2011
    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 Super Reviewer
  • Jun 13, 2010
    What a piece of good talents wasted, and the opportunity of a well-made western.Forget it.
    Andre T Super Reviewer
  • Jun 03, 2010
    heard bad things about this but it was better than i expected it to be, cruz and hayek work well together, along with steve zahn along for the ride fun also, some humour from the girls work well, and action scattered throughout done nicely, and dwyght yokem playing bad also a good watch, the ending was kind of setting up for further adventures with hayek saying banks are bigger in europe, lets go rob them, i guess that wont be happening, so for what it is a entertaining film
    scott g Super Reviewer
  • May 14, 2009
    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.
    Kevin M. W Super Reviewer

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