Bandidas

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Overview

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...
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Overview

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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Special Features

Audio commentary by Salma Hayek and Penélope Cruz; A burning up the set with Salma and Penélope featurette
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 1/9/2007
  • UPC: 024543403111
  • Original Release: 2006
  • Rating:

  • Source: Fox Searchlight
  • Region Code: 1
  • Presentation: Wide Screen / Pan & Scan
  • Sound: Dolby AC-3 Surround Sound
  • Language: English
  • Time: 1:32:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 17,622

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Penélope Cruz Maria Alvarez
Salma Hayek Sara Sandoval
Steve Zahn Quentin Cook
Dwight Yoakam Tyler Jackson
Sam Shepard Bill Buck
Denis Arndt Ashe
Audra Blaser Clarissa
Ismael Carlo Don Diego
Israel "East" Carlo Don Diego
Carlos Cervantes Pedro
Jose Maria Negri Padre Pablo
Joseph D. Reitman Regulator
Technical Credits
Joachim Roenning Director
Espen Sandberg Director
Thierry Arbogast Cinematographer
Marc-Antoine Beldent Sound/Sound Designer
Olivier Beriot Costumes/Costume Designer
Luc Besson Producer, Screenwriter
Louis Di Giaimo Casting
Carla Hool Casting
Robert Mark Kamen Screenwriter
Patrick Pasquier Art Director
Santiago Núñez Rojo Sound/Sound Designer
Eric Serra Score Composer
Frederic Thoraval Editor
Hugues Tissandier Production Designer
Rene Villarreal Asst. Director
Ariel Zeitoun Producer
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Scene Index

Disc #1, Side A -- Bandidas: Widescreen
1. A Place for Science/Main Titles [3:12]
2. Important Clients [7:41]
3. The Value of a Peso [5:34]
4. Two Orphans [2:44]
5. Robbing Papa's Bank [2:24]
6. A Matter of Money [5:07]
7. Bill Buck [7:52]
8. Banks, Bullets and Beauty [:41]
9. Areas of Expertise [1:12]
10. Dead or Alive [1:39]
11. Specialists in Their Fields [12:07]
12. Hired Guns [3:30]
13. Blowing the Lid Off [5:43]
14. Less Than Confident [1:25]
15. The Key [9:10]
16. Viva La Revolucion! [2:01]
17. A Golden Opportunity [1:28]
18. The Ties That Bind [1:36]
19. Old-Age Security [2:12]
20. The Scientific Method [4:51]
21. To Kill a Man [1:28]
22. The Better Kisser [1:45]
23. Bigger and Better Banks [1:17]
24. End Titles [5:29]
Disc #1, Side B -- Bandidas: Fullscreen
1. A Place for Science/Main Titles [3:12]
2. Important Clients [7:41]
3. The Value of a Peso [5:34]
4. Two Orphans [2:44]
5. Robbing Papa's Bank [2:24]
6. A Matter of Money [5:07]
7. Bill Buck [7:52]
8. Banks, Bullets and Beauty [:41]
9. Areas of Expertise [1:12]
10. Dead or Alive [1:39]
11. Specialists in Their Fields [12:07]
12. Hired Guns [3:30]
13. Blowing the Lid Off [5:43]
14. Less Than Confident [1:25]
15. The Key [9:10]
16. Viva La Revolucion! [2:01]
17. A Golden Opportunity [1:28]
18. The Ties That Bind [1:36]
19. Old-Age Security [2:12]
20. The Scientific Method [4:51]
21. To Kill a Man [1:28]
22. The Better Kisser [1:45]
23. Bigger and Better Banks [1:17]
24. End Titles [5:29]
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Menu

Disc #1, Side A -- Bandidas: Widescreen
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   Language Selection
      Audio
         English 5.1 Dolby Surround
         Spanish Dolby Surround
         Audio Commentary by Salma Hayek and Penélope Cruz
      Subtitles
         English
         Spanish
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   Scene Selection
   Special Features
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      Audio Commentary by Salma Hayek and Penélope Cruz: Off
      Burning Up the Set With Salma and Penélope
      Theatrical Trailer
Disc #1, Side B -- Bandidas: Fullscreen
   Play
   Language Selection
      Audio
         English 5.1 Dolby Surround
         Spanish Dolby Surround
         Audio Commentary by Salma Hayek and Penélope Cruz
      Subtitles
         English
         Spanish
         None
   Scene Selection
   Special Features
      Audio Commentary by Salma Hayek and Penélope Cruz: On
      Audio Commentary by Salma Hayek and Penélope Cruz: Off
      Burning Up the Set With Salma and Penélope
      Theatrical Trailer
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Customer Reviews

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Funny

    Excellent performance's from Salma Hayek and Penelope Cruz. Just love them. Good flick

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    “Always count your bullets, senoritas”

    I don’t watch a lot of westerns. I have seen several of them over the years and I haven’t liked most of them. I usually only like the ones that aren’t the traditional type of westerns. I do tend to avoid most westerns. After reading the case of Bandidas, I decided to give it a chance and I did end up enjoying it overall. The plot kept my interest and there was a reason for why Maria and Sara turned to robbing banks. The plot wasn’t the most original, though the fact that the bank robbers were women was a little different since most westerns - or at least the ones I’ve seen - haven’t had women bank robbers. In this film we have Sara and Maria who are two very different women with nothing in common before their fathers were killed in connection to the railroad that was coming to Mexico. Tyler Jackson was going around taking land from poor farmers that was in the path of the railroad. He wouldn’t take no for an answer and would resort to anything, including killing, to get the land. Maria and Sara decided to fight back and steal back what Tyler had been taking. They convinced Bill Buck, a retired bank robber, to train them. Quentin was a criminologist that was sent to Mexico to investigate the bank robberies. Things weren’t adding up for Quentin in his investigation and he ended up helping Maria and Sara. The case for Bandidas did call the movie a comedy and describe it as hilarious. There were a few scenes that made me laugh, but the movie was far from hilarious. I really wouldn’t even consider the movie a comedy. It was more of an action adventure type of movie with a small amount of humor added in here and there. I think that more things were intended to be funny that just didn’t make me laugh. The funniest things for me involved Quentin and even those scenes weren’t that funny. There wasn’t that much adventure in the movie either though there was enough going on to keep things interesting. Action turned up in some scenes through some gun fights and an explosion or two. For a movie described as an action adventure, there wasn’t enough action. The little violence that was in the movie wasn’t graphic. Other than that I ended up enjoying Bandidas for the most part. The movie managed to be entertaining overall even though it did have some problems. The movie can be enjoyed as long expectations aren’t too high. People that like the cast might enjoy the movie.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Turning Spaghetti Westerns into Ebullient Farce!

    BANDIDAS may not set new standards for filmmaking, whether those standards are for westerns, comedies, action flicks, or slapstick, but it is just as awful lot of fun to watch! The script by Luc Besson and Robert Mark Kamen is pretty shallow and at times borders on maudlin, but it is also peppered with some little one-liners that allow the stars to show off their comedic talents. Directors Joachim Roenning and Espen Sandberg are neophytes and wisely allow the star qualities of Salma Hayek and Penélope Cruz to reign and have a good time both as opposites (Hayak comes from money and education and Cruz comes from the farm) and as partners is bank robbing - done of course in the Robin Hood manner. The bad guy is the reliable Dwight Yoakim and the fall guy is the always lively Steve Zahn. The quasi-good guy who trains the divas to be robbers is portrayed by Sam Shepard. And that is about all the viewer needs to know to realize the movie is in good hands. No, the story isn't particularly ' find themselves - dividing their concentration between settling evil vendettas and vying for best kisser role with Steve Zahn. This is a comedy, folks, and a good lighthearted outing for two of our best actresses. Worth an evening's viewing! Grady Harp

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