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The story may not warrant its lengthy running time, but the cast of Bandits makes it an enjoyable ride.



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Director Barry Levinson follows up the low-budget An Everlasting Piece (2000) with another comedy, this one of the homegrown variety from former Twin Peaks (1990) TV series writer Harley Peyton. Bruce Willis stars as suave bank robber Joe, who has escaped from prison with his hypochondriac buddy Terry (Billy Bob Thornton). Together, the two men have devised a clever scheme to take a bank officer hostage the night before a heist, then simply escort the executive to work early the next morning when they clean out the vault. Their ingenious methods have led to the men becoming media darlings dubbed "the Sleepover Bandits," but all Joe and Terry want is to make a nice pile of money before crossing the Mexican border to a life of freedom and legitimacy. Their quest gets more complicated when Terry is struck by a car driven by Kate Wheeler (Cate Blanchett), a bored housewife who's then forced to join their crime spree. Soon both Joe and Terry are in love with Kate and she with them, realizing that the two friends put together pretty much equal the perfect man. Bandits co-stars Troy Garity, son of actress Jane Fonda. ~ Karl Williams, Rovi

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Bruce Willis
as Joe Blake
Billy Bob Thornton
as Terry Collins
Cate Blanchett
as Kate Wheeler
Bobby Slayton
as Darren Head
Brian F. O'Byrne
as Darill Miller
Stacey Davis
as Cloe Miller
Peggy Miley
as Mildred Kronenberg
William Converse-Roberts
as Charles Wheeler
Richard Riehle
as Lawrence Fife
Mildred Kronenberg
as Peggy Miley
Micole Mercurio
as Sarah Fife
Scott Burkholder
as Wildwood Policeman
Stacey Travis
as Cloe Miller
Sam Levinson
as Billy Saunders
Scout LaRue Willis
as Monica Miller
John Harrington Bland
as Flamingo Clerk
Cindy Goldfield
as Debbie Day No.1
Heather Mathieson
as Debbie Day No. 2
Erin-Kate Whitcomb
as Debbie Day No. 3
Kim Bogus
as Bend Bank Teller
Rich Sickler
as Policeman
Michael Birnbaum
as Desk Sergeant
Joe Unitas
as Detective
Richard Shuster
as LA Chopper Pilot
Jennifer York
as LA Reporter
Jose G. Garcia
as Local Youth
Alfred De Contreras
as Mexican Priest
Peter Weireter
as SWAT Commander
Kerry Kilbride
as Male Debater
Jane Velez-Mitchell
as Female Debater
Mia Lee
as Los Angeles Anchor
Louis LeRay
as Band Member
Peter Hutchinson
as Band Member
Peter Hutchison
as Band Member
Maya Rossi
as Band Member
Joan Palmateer
as Bank Teller
Rose Aispuro
as Bank Hostage
Carrie Casano
as Bank Manager
Jaye K. Danford
as Alamo Bank Manager
Greg Wilmarth
as US Marshall
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Audience Reviews for Bandits

  • Sep 26, 2015
    A potentially fun concept that's crippled by poor pacing . . . Levinson never really gets the tone right and I think the movie could stand to lose about 20 minutes.
    Alec B Super Reviewer
  • Dec 11, 2013
    Thumbs up to the cast for making this movie work even when it wasn't supposed to. As an aside, it's strange seeing Billy Bob Thorton playing a neurotic hypochondriac, it's definitely against type but he does a good job with the role and is definitely entertaining here. The cast is pretty much the only thing that I liked about the movie, and the way the film climaxed was actually pretty fun. I don't know, but the movie, the story and its characters never really clicked for me. It's nice to see a "heist" film, even if the heists themselves aren't the endgame, they're just there to progress the story, that focuses on the characters. The problem is, the characters aren't exactly interesting. The dynamic between Billy, Bruce and Cate is fine, even if it's cliched, but you're not really given much of a reason to root for either guy. For bank robbers, these guys aren't really interesting. The leads do a great job at sort of fooling you, but the truth of the matter is that the characters aren't great. Hell, it'd have been more interesting if Joe and Terry, the bank robbers, were actually a construct of Kate's mind and the life she really wanted as opposed to being a bored housewife whose husband neglects her. Joe and Terry represent the danger and risk-taking that her life so desperately needs. That would've been more interesting, to me at least, as it goes into the mind of someone whose life didn't turn out the way she planned and the psychological effects that had on her. Perhaps I'm reading too much into this, but I think it would've been better than what we ended up getting. I don't mean to say the movie is bad, I just found it largely uninteresting. Especially considering how long the movie was, I think this movie could've been told 100 minutes and it would've been much better. The problem is they spend too much time developing these characters and their "personalities" before the movie's story really starts. Because of this, the movie tends to drag heavily in parts. I really do think that a shorter running length would've done wonders for this movie. I thought the climax was actually pretty cool and funny, and it was, outside of the leads themselves, the best part of the movie. Some parts of this film are fun and other parts are a chore to get through. So this is really just an average film, at best.
    Jesse O Super Reviewer
  • Feb 10, 2013
    Bandits is a quirky heist film that delivers laughs, but is messy and unfocused. After breaking out of prison Joe and Terry become infamous bank robbers known as the Sleepover Bandits, but when a lonely housewife takes refuge with them things start to spiral out of control. While the story starts off well enough, once the love triangle is introduced the film quickly comes apart and becomes overburdened with cliches. Bruce Willis and Billy Bob Thornton have some good comedic chemistry, but Cate Blanchett completely hams it up. Though a lot of the comedy plays, Bandits gets caught up in a convoluted love story that doesn't work.
    Dann M Super Reviewer
  • Mar 20, 2012
    Of course, Bandits is not one of the best film ever, but presents a nice script, a good cast and a very good performance by Thornton. Bandits, also, most have not much material to present in 122 minutes, problem that could make the movie stay a little boring. Fresh.
    Lucas M Super Reviewer

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