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Bandits (Outlaws)

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Movie propaganda

Two's company, three's a crime.

The suave, irresistible Joe (Bruce Willis) and his hypochondriac partner Terry (Billy Bob Thornton) have escaped from prison. Cutting a swath from Oregon to California, these fugitives rob banks in order to finance their scheme for a new - and somewhat legitimate - life south of the border. In their wake, they leave a trail of chaos, disguises, wrecked automobiles - and an adoring public. Their operation is running smoothly until an unexpected run-in with Kate (Cate Blanchett), who is drawn to the thieves as a way to escape her ordinary life. Together Joe and Terry are the most successful bank robbers in USA history, and to Kate, they also make the perfect man.

Also starring Troy Garity, Bobby Slayton and Stacey Travis as Chloe Miller. Written by Harley Peyton, directed by Barry Levinson.

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Intelligence analyst

Special Agent Matti

Theatrical report

What a kak!

Bandits is about two crims who are just this side of incompetent. And a third crim who is way over the other side of incompetent. And two more crims who just don't know it yet. Put them all together and you could end up with a big piece of crap, even in a film starring Billy Bob Thornton, Bruce Willis and Cate Blanchett. Fortunately, however, Harley (who would burden their kid with such a name?) has written a cracker of a script that keeps you bouncing along right up to the final frame, where, unfortunately, it ends with all the smoothness of a bus going over a cliff. To alleviate this problem someone added a few scenes into the closing credits but you still get the feeling that he stopped writing because he didn't know what else to say. It's like someone turning the music off just before the last note of a song.

Meanwhile, I haven't laughed so hard in ages. Bandits is a really funny film that's enhanced by the performing talent of Billy Bob as the eternally-suffering Terry. He makes Felix from The odd couple seem the picture of health. Bruce makes a good straight man off of whom Billy Bob can bounce although he's not as good a grouch as Oscar. And then Cate comes in with sex, romance, love and a perfect blend of frustrated housewife (and who would want to be married to a house anyway?) and red-headed wildcat. It's the love triangle from hell.

If you want a really good laugh, you'll get one (and more) if you see Bandits. It's a hoot.

Media intelligence (DVD)

  • Audio: Dolby Digital 5.1
  • Disc: Single side, dual layer
  • Features:
    • Alternate ending: Who's the dad?
    • Commentary: cast and crew (including Cate Blanchett)
    • Deleted scenes: 4
    • Script to scene workshop - creating scene 71 (the bed scene)
    • Trailers: Theatrical
  • Languages: English
  • Picture: Widescreen 16:9
  • Subtitles: English

Security censorship classification

M (Medium level violence)

Surveillance time

117 minutes (1:57 hours)

Not for public release in Australia before date

Film: 21 March 2002
DVD rental: 11 September 2002
VHS rental: 11 September 2002
DVD retail: 11 September 2002
VHS retail: 11 September 2002

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