Published September 14, 2010


Film info

  • Title Bandits
  • Director Barry Levinson
  • Year 2001
  • Run time 1hr 57m
  • Genres Crime, Comedy
  • Tagline Two's company, three's a crime

When a bored housewife (Blanchett) with a failing marriage decides to runaway, she ends up in the hands of two bank robbers who have escaped from prison. Initially attracted to Willis, she nonetheless also ends up in bed with Thornton and a confused romantic relationship begins.

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2:25Bruce has far too much hair.
3:05That man can’t be a presenter, his gravelly voice would be annoying after about two minutes.
6:01Blimey, he’s pretty violent.
6:32Oh goodness, a ponytail!
7:40Two bank robbers, one with anger management issues, one almost crazy with hypochondria. This can only end well.
11:26Why aren’t they wearing orange?
14:00I can’t imagine why these two are friends.
17:49If they’ve watched the whole of The Great Escape, they’ve been there a while.
22:01Excellent golf trousers.
24:40“Women love a man who loves danger.” Huh. I beg to differ.
27:43I like that kid. Doesn’t like the sauce because it’s too red.
34:42It’s all very well dancing while cooking but she’s definitely gonna get hair in the food.
37:20Total Eclipse of the Heart!
38:38I like her reckless driving. Except the part where she ran someone over.
42:47The outlaw code. Someone should write the official book.
46:01The Sleepover Bandits is a terrible name! Makes me think of pyjamas and pillow fights.
49:55Why is it a surprise to her that someone knows the words to Bonnie Tyler?
58:04I always knew that song could bring people together.
1:06:20“You stay away from me forever.” Nice.
1:08:57Cate Blanchett has lovely eyes.
1:11:38There’s a fear of getting smaller? That’s weird.
1:18:08It’s always a girl that gets in the way.
1:20:59I’m curious how many banks they need to rob to get their plans together. Are they just greedy?
1:25:42He’s very sneaky, dropping the seeds of a brain tumour to a hypochondriac.
1:31:29Wait… that’s Birdplane. Birdplane is an actual song?
1:34:44Did she just eat a sachet of sugar by itself? Ugh.
1:42:12That’s Betty Draper!
1:46:34It must be very exciting for the policeman who sees Kate hand herself in.
1:50:04Oh my god, I love it.
1:52:30Harvey kind of looks like Lucas di Grassi. Yum.


Another film I have never heard of before that appeared on the iPlayer. I probably wouldn’t have been tempted to watch it except for the fact that it had Bruce Willis smiling down at me. Who can resist a bit of Bruce?

I wasn’t sure to start with, how interesting a film could be about two mis-matched robbers failing to rob a bank. But it was really very good. The partnership between Bruce and Billy-Bob developed really well, and whilst I wasn’t that keen on the relationship with the woman, she did bring Bonnie Tyler into the film, so I am happy with that.

Rating: 3 / 5

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