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Bandits

Bandits

Bruce Willis and Billy Bob Thornton star as the "Sleep over Bandits" in this buddy comedy.

Fresh from breaking out of prison (by hijacking a cement truck, no less), Joe (Willis) and Terry (Thornton) take up bank robbery in order to make enough money to buy a nightclub in the islands.

Terry comes up with the idea of kidnaping bank managers at their home and after spending the night with the family, take the manager to the bank in the morning so they can steal before it opens for business.

Joe is unpredictable, cocky, free spending and a ladies man.  He acts before making a plan, in fact his first robbery is so spur-of-the-moment, he uses a magic marker because he didn't have time to get a weapon.

His partner, Terry, is the exact opposite.  He's a real mess with more neuroses than you can count.  He even takes on symptoms of the last sick person he encounters.  Ringing in his ears, a brain tumor, paralysis and even a fear of antique furniture, plague him.

Seeing Thornton's character is worth the price of admission alone.  Especially, watching him dissolve onto a dance floor, as he thinks he's experiencing symptoms of a deadly disease.

Thornton is fast becoming one of my favorite actors.  From his work in Pushing Tin, Sling Blade, and A Simple Plan, his characters are colorful, interesting and full of emotion.

Cate Blanchette plays Kate, a confused woman who has a relationship with both men.  Bored with her life as a housewife to a business man who doesn't have time for her, she runs away and joins Terry and Joe as a lark.

Attracted to Joe's good looks at first, she also falls for Terry's sensitive personality.  It's a different role for Blanchette, with dark eye makeup and her blond hair dyed flaming red, she's a flighty addition to this unusual paring.

The story is told in flashbacks as Terry and Joe relate to their escapades to an America's Most Wanted type TV host.  They become famous for being non-violent and extremely polite crooks which, for bank robbers, is not always a good thing; especially, when one of the managers resists their orders saying they would never hurt her for doing do.

Directed by Barry Levinson, the film is a fine mixture of action, comedy and wonderful strange characters.

 
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