Bandits

Bandits

3.8 7
Director: Barry Levinson

Cast: Barry Levinson, Bruce Willis, Billy Bob Thornton, Cate Blanchett

     
 

MGM's DVD of the 40-million-dollar screwball comedy heist caper Bandits leaves a few things to be desired for something labeled a "special edition." While the film looks and sounds great in the expected high quality anamorphic transfer, there is no commentary by director Barry Levinson or stars Bruce Willis, Billy Bob Thornton, and Cate Blanchett -- a standardSee more details below

Overview

MGM's DVD of the 40-million-dollar screwball comedy heist caper Bandits leaves a few things to be desired for something labeled a "special edition." While the film looks and sounds great in the expected high quality anamorphic transfer, there is no commentary by director Barry Levinson or stars Bruce Willis, Billy Bob Thornton, and Cate Blanchett -- a standard by now. Actually, Blanchett does offer commentary during the brief alternate ending, which is basically one sight gag she insisted be shot for the fade-out. On the other hand, two features are rather surprisingly in-depth: the "Creating Scene 71 Featurette," a detailed description by Levinson, writer Harley Peyton, producer Michael Birnbaum, and the stars of the largely improvised love scene between Willis and Blanchett; and the deleted scenes, which are actually entire unused sequences, a few of them being pretty interesting. A "making of" documentary is, happily, hype-free and shows lots of behind-the-camera action including one unedited stunt showing Willis' and Thornton's doubles crashing through a plate glass door. The menu screen gives you a choice of toggling between Willis and Thornton. Choose Willis and you see and hear a Willis scene on the menu page, pick Thornton and you get a close-up of his character in all his paranoid grandeur. It's no big deal, but it's a nice touch.

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Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Ed Hulse
One of the most sardonically witty movies of recent years, Bandits accomplishes the not-inconsiderable feat of making its larcenous protagonists -- Bruce Willis and Billy Bob Thornton -- a comedic duo reminiscent of Bob Hope and Bing Crosby. As the movie opens, both men are languishing in prison; Willis plays a sly, taciturn thief who has befriended Thornton, a garrulous, hypochondriacal embezzler. Escaping from jail, the two men go on a bank-robbing spree, employing an unusual modus operandi that earns them the sobriquet of "the sleepover bandits" -- and also makes them the country’s most-wanted fugitives. Bandits has many moments of comic lunacy, and the heists are less important than the never-ending banter between the two male leads. Strengthening the film’s (perhaps unintended) ties to the Hope-Crosby Road movies, director Barry Levinson (Wag the Dog) provides Willis and Thornton with their own Dorothy Lamour: British actress Cate Blanchett, outstanding as a neurotic housewife who falls in with the thieves and enjoys romantic liaisons with both. Levinson’s handling of the material is inspired, but it’s the charmingly idiosyncratic performances of the three stars that makes Bandits such a delight. Among the DVD’s supplemental features are an alternate ending, several deleted scenes, and a making-of featurette.

Product Details

Release Date:
04/02/2002
UPC:
0027616873859
Original Release:
2001
Rating:
PG13
Source:
Mgm (Video & Dvd)
Region Code:
1
Presentation:
[Full Frame, Wide Screen]
Sound:
[Dolby Digital, stereo]
Time:
2:03:00
Sales rank:
22,714

Special Features

Alternate ending; Deleted scenes; "Creating Scene 71" featurette; "Making-of-Bandits" featurette

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Bruce Willis Joe Blake
Billy Bob Thornton Terry Collins
Cate Blanchett Kate Wheeler
Troy Garity Harvey Pollard
Brian F. O'Byrne Darill Miller
Stacey Travis Cloe Miller
Bobby Slayton Darren Head
January Jones Claire
William Converse-Roberts Charles Wheeler
Peggy Miley Mildred Kronenberg
Richard Riehle Lawrence Fife
Micole Mercurio Sarah Fife
Mildred Kronenberg Peggy Miley
Azura Skye Cheri
Scott Burkholder Wildwood Policeman
Anthony Burch Phil
Sam Levinson Billy Saunders
Scout LaRue Willis Monica Miller
Tallulah Belle Willis Erika Miller
John Evans Ralph
John Harrington Bland Flamingo Clerk
Cindy Goldfield Debbie Days
Heather Mathieson Debbie Days
Erin-Kate Whitcomb Debbie Days
Kim Bogus Bend Bank Teller
Michael X. Sommers Policeman
Rich Sickler Policeman
Michael Birnbaum Desk Sergeant
Joe Unitas Detective
Richard Shuster LA Chopper Pilot
Jennifer York LA Reporter
Jose G. Garcia Local Youth
Alfred De Contreras Mexican Priest
Peter Weireter SWAT Commander
Kerry Kilbride Male Debater
Jane Velez-Mitchell Female Debater
Mia Lee Los Angeles Anchor
Louis LeRay Band Member
Peter Hutchinson Band Member
Maya Rossi Band Member
Joan Palmateer Bank Teller
Giulio Magnolia Butler
Rose Aispuro Bank Hostage
Carrie Casano Bank Manager
Jaye K. Danford Alamo Bank Manager
Darryl D. Stewart Detective
Greg Wilmarth US Marshall
Pete Anthony Conductor

Technical Credits
Barry Levinson Director,Producer
Ashok Amritraj Producer
Jim Andrino Co-producer
Aaron Barsky Asst. Director
Michele Berk Producer
Michael Birnbaum Producer
Robin Bonaccorsi Stunts
Merideth Boswell Set Decoration/Design
Joey Box Stunts
Charisse Cardenas Set Decoration/Design
David Cass Asst. Director
Ellen Chenoweth Casting
Kevin Cross Set Decoration/Design
Blair Daily Editor
Sandy DeCrescent Consultant/advisor
Stephen Eads Associate Producer
Lynne Eagan Makeup
Freddie Glusman Co-producer
Gloria Gresham Costumes/Costume Designer
Al Hobbs Set Decoration/Design
David Hoberman Producer
Jacob Chambers Stunts
Gary Jay Camera Operator
Victor Kempster Production Designer
Stu Linder Editor
Patrick McCormick Executive Producer
Josh McLaglen Asst. Director
Harley Peyton Executive Producer,Screenwriter
Gerald Quist Makeup
Arnold Rifkin Producer
Morag Ross Makeup
Christopher Scarabosio Sound/Sound Designer
Nikoletta Skarlatos Makeup
Jay Smith Asst. Director
Dante Spinotti Cinematographer
Russell Towery Stunts
Lenny Vullo Associate Producer,Production Manager
Dan Webster Art Director
Paula Weinstein Producer
Amanda Williams Makeup
David Willis Executive Producer
Christopher Young Score Composer

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Scene Index

Side #1 -- Widescreen
0. Scene Selections
1. Main Title/The Story [4:18]
2. "Anger Management" [2:20]
3. The Great Escape [5:00]
4. Unplanned Robbery [4:12]
5. Teenage Hosts [2:28]
6. Dreaming of Mexico [2:58]
7. Would-Be Hero [1:45]
8. "The Front Man" [3:11]
9. "Sleepover Bandits" [3:42]
10. "Make It Clear" [3:33]
11. Three-Way Split [1:35]
12. Mad Housewife [3:07]
13. Hit & Run [1:12]
14. Desperate & Fragile [2:00]
15. Girl Trouble [5:11]
16. "So...You Rob Banks?" [3:23]
17. Poetry in Motion [4:33]
18. "Emotional Stress" [4:45]
19. Victim or Criminal? [4:20]
20. What a Wreck! [6:11]
21. Talking About Love [3:26]
22. Neurotic Bonding [4:04]
23. A Confusing Choice [4:54]
24. Unimpassioned Plea [1:20]
25. Finding a New Home [4:13]
26. A Stupid Stunt [6:52]
27. Three's a Crowd [1:43]
28. "One More Big Score" [9:38]
29. Coming Forth [2:42]
30. Bloody Standoff [2:25]
31. A Fiery Finale [3:11]
32. Ending in Paradise [2:36]
Side #2 -- Standard
0. Scene Selections
1. Main Title/The Story [:09]
2. "Anger Management" [4:18]
3. The Great Escape [2:20]
4. Unplanned Robbery [5:00]
5. Teenage Hosts [4:12]
6. Dreaming of Mexico [2:28]
7. Would-Be Hero [2:58]
8. "The Front Man" [1:45]
9. "Sleepover Bandits" [3:11]
10. "Make It Clear" [3:42]
11. Three-Way Split [3:33]
12. Mad Housewife [1:35]
13. Hit & Run [3:07]
14. Desperate & Fragile [1:12]
15. Girl Trouble [2:00]
16. "So...You Rob Banks?" [5:11]
17. Poetry in Motion [3:23]
18. "Emotional Stress" [4:33]
19. Victim or Criminal? [4:45]
20. What a Wreck! [4:20]
21. Talking About Love [6:11]
22. Neurotic Bonding [3:26]
23. A Confusing Choice [4:04]
24. Unimpassioned Plea [4:54]
25. Finding a New Home [1:20]
26. A Stupid Stunt [4:13]
27. Three's a Crowd [6:52]
28. "One More Big Score" [1:43]
29. Coming Forth [9:38]
30. Bloody Standoff [2:42]
31. A Fiery Finale [2:25]
32. Ending in Paradise [3:11]

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