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PenÚlope Cruz , Salma Hayek , Espen Sandberg , Joachim R°nning    PG-13 (Parental Guidance Suggested)   DVD
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Salma Hayek and Penelope Cruz have never been sexier as they team up for this hilarious, action-packed western! Determined to avenge the deaths of their fathers, Sara Sandoval (Hayek) and Maria Alvarez (Cruz) vow to seize the ill-gotten gains of robber baron Tyler Jackson (Dwight Yoakam). So, with help from a retired bank robber (Sam Shepard) and a jittery criminologist (Steve Zahn), these two beauties become unlikely outlaws, blazing a trail of larceny and laughter across Mexico! Special Features: Commentary byCommentary by Salma Hayek and Penelope Cruz "Burning up the Set with Salma and Penelope" Featurette Theatrical Trailer Both widescreen and full screen versions on the same disc "First screened in Europe and scheduled for limited release in the U.S., Bandidas can now be viewed by all fans of the visually stunning duo, Penelope Cruz and Salma Hayek. Set in Mexico 1888, Bandidas is a Western spoof about two women, Maria Alvarez (Penelope Cruz) and Sara Sandoval (Salma Hayek), who seek to avenge the tragedies befallen both their fathers under robber baron, Tyler Jackson (Dwight Yoakam). Jackson, employed by the Bank of New York, is sent to Mexico to buy land and open banks to the detriment of local culture. Jackson kills Sara's corrupt father, Don Diego, while bandits burn down Maria's home. The two ladies band together for the community's cause. Under the tutelage of Bill Buck (Sam Sheperd), Sara and Maria develop bank robbery skills. When criminologist, Quentin Cooke (Steve Zahn), hunts them, they convert him with their strong moral sense and good looks. Like any Thelma and Louise-ish tale of women who take charge, Maria and Sara are foil characters who eventually become an invincible, sisterly team. This comedy is built around their bickering. For Sara, with European education and penchant of designer clothing, Maria is a hick who lacks refinement, yet Maria, horse whisperer, can fire a gun." -- Trinie Dalton

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars fun but not great Aug. 5 2007
Maria (Penelope Cruz) and Sara (Salma Hayek) have good reasons to become bank robbers, and will get help from Quentin (Steve Zahn) and Buck (Sam Shepard). They soon will be wanted dead or alive.

While this requires a *heavy* suspension of disbelief, this movie is not as funny as it is thought to be. Its "action" side is rather limited, especially between the two actresses.

I do like Hayek as an actress, but do not care for Cruz's acting.

Fun entertainment to watch on a rainy day... or if you have absolutely nothing else to watch.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Light, formula-driven comedy May 5 2007
By Eric Lawton TOP 500 REVIEWER
More of a comedy than the action movie I expected from the cover. The movie is the formula of bad guys tripped up by the good-guys: not a surprise in the whole show, but who can resist the stars at their most charming. If you're in the mood for light fun and a happy ending, this is for you.
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5.0 out of 5 stars great Nov. 7 2013
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
Great dvd; I loved it. I realy like both Penelope cruz and Salma Haymek. I watched it, and loved it.
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36 of 38 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Just have your Sense of Humour switched on and you will Enjoy Bandidas Nov. 14 2006
By Thor - Published on Amazon.com
Bandidas is the film where the two most famous latina stars of Hollywood, Penelope Cruz and Salma Hayek, team up as a dynamite cowgirl duo fighting evil in Mexico, 1888.
There has been a large negative buzz about this film which is a bit unfair. Bandidas is just not to be taken seriously and is just good old entertainment where you have to have your sense of humor switched on. If you are expecting a serious western-drama, you have to look someplace else.

The film, which was releashed in cinemas all over Europe in January and March 2006, wasn't a huge hit. The thing with people was that they were expecting something without so much humour but did get that, which dissapointed them. The humour is indeed a bit too much sometimes, but there are some hilarious moments in the film that are absolutely enjoyable.
The chemistry between Cruz and Hayek is delicious and you can see in the way they are acting that they had a fun time on the set making the film. Next to Cruz and Hayek there is Steve Zahn. Zahn does what he does best: playing a comedic sidekick. He is funny and plays his part well. Dwight Yoakam feels a bit miscast in the film but he does an okay job as the main villian.
There is some drama in the film that feels a bit outnumberd compairing it with the comedic moments which gives the film a kind of messy feeling sometimes. That is too bad, but overall doesn't bother you.

The film has been professionally made and looks good. The special effects, the lush Mexican locations and cameramovements are beautifully done which gives great cinematography. Also the music, composed by Eric Serra is very nice and gives some scenes a nice powerboost and a fun western flavour.

Still the best reason to buy the film are two elements: Cruz and Hayek. They are sexy, funny and make the film worth to take a look at. Some things are a bit over the top, but who cares: it entertains, and it is nice to kill 1 and a half hours of boredom and replace that with nice popcorn fun.
And most importantly: Bandidas leaves you with a smile on your face, and that is what entertainment is all about.
31 of 35 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Starring Salma Hayek...Need I Say More? Sept. 27 2007
By Caesar M. Warrington - Published on Amazon.com
I'm going to be honest with you folks, if this western spoof about good-girls-turned-bankrobbers featured, let's say, Cameron Diaz and Kate Beckinsale instead of Salma Hayek and Penelope Cruz, I wouldn't have given it a second thought.

Set in 1880s Mexico, Sara Sandoval (Salma Hayek), a banker's daughter, and Maria Alvarez (Penelope Cruz), a poor farmer's one, have nothing in common but their Mexican heritage and a desire for revenge on the American railroad interests who've sent a thug named Tyler Jackson (played country music superstar Dwight Yoakam) to steal the locals' land, and in the process kill Sara's father and seriously injure Maria's.

You'll have to do much suspension of disbelief and be in a goofy mood for this movie:
On the run from Jackson's men, Sara and Maria enlist the services of veteran bankrobber (Sam Shepard) to teach them all that he knows. Afterwards and bumbling their way through holdups, the ladies attempt to blackmail a Sherlock Holmes wannabe NYPD detective (an extremely miscast Steve Zahn), who is also the fiance of the railroad owner's daughter; however, being at heart nice sweet gals, Sara and Maria instead resort to a much more effective style of 'friendly persuasion' to enlist the dorky-but-crafty New York cop.

BANDIDAS has its moments of cliff hangers and hilarious situations, but overall falls flat, leaving an ending which more than hints at an intended sequel. Still, I've wasted 2 hours on worse product. Salma Hayek's beauty, Penelope Cruz's grace, and a very cool and really smart horse didn't make this movie so bad to watch after all.
22 of 27 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Jan. 28 2007
By Wm19 - Published on Amazon.com
If you like action movies with comedy, you'll like this. I liked Salma Hayek's performance in Ugly Betty, so I picked this up at the video store. It's basically a cowboy movie set in Mexico, with Salma Hayek and Penelope Cruz as the partner cowboys robbing banks to save their people. I thought the action and comedy were really well done. Salma Hayek is a rich heiress, newly returned from a European education to her banker father's Mexican home. Penelope Cruz is a Mexican farm girl with an affinity for horses and guns. Some bad guys come into the story and force the farmers to sell their farms for 1 peso, or be shot (or both). Salma and Penelope's fathers get murdered/injured by the bad guys and the two ladies go on the road for some revenge. They rob the bad guy's banks and give the money to support the displaced Mexican people. Salma and Penelope get training in bank robbing, come up with some hilarious schemes to rob armed banks, and even get the crime scene investigator to help them rob banks. The story is set in a beautiful Mexican (I think it's actually shot entirely in Mexico) landscape where the people are good and honest, and the bad guys are out to swindle them. Salma and Penelope, needless to say, are beautiful and hilarious. Their outfits are particularly attractive and they have some great comedic stunts. There's one part that's probably not suitable for children though - at one point the two ladies dress up in brothel dance outfits and take scandalous photos with a unclothed bound man (for purely blackmail purposes). There's a cute dog, a smart horse who can even go up ladders, and lots of beautiful shots of scenery, horses and great music. The movie has a lot of slapstick comedy, two heart-of-gold heroines who bicker with each other, and enough action (gunfights, explosions and horse riding) to keep my husband happy. If you're looking for a comedic action movie with heart in a beautiful historical setting, this is it.
11 of 13 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars "Get Your Hands In The Air!" Jan. 13 2007
By Mel Odom - Published on Amazon.com
Penelope Cruz and Salma Hayek are two of the most beautiful women on the screen today, and they serve up a double helping of South of the Border sex and sizzle in BANDIDAS. The story is definitely B-grade, but once expectations are properly dialed in, it's a hoot watching Cruz and Hayek chew up the scenery as they play mismatched and hot-tempered Mexican women of the 1880s who are out for revenge.

Cruz stars as Maria Alvarez, the daughter of a dirt-poor farmer, while Hayek plays spoiled Sara Sandoval, the daughter of the region's richest man. When they first meet, neither of them like each other. But when Maria's father is gunned down and left for dead while their farm is taken from them and Sara's father is murdered in cold blood, they gradually bond for revenge.

Country star Dwight Yoakum stars as the bad guy, Tyler Jackson, whose in charge of getting a railroad ran through the heart of Mexico by whatever means it takes. Sam Shepard plays Bill Buck, a former bank robber who teaches Maria and Sara to rob banks and forge a friendship. Steve Zahn stars as Quentin Cooke, a forerunner in forensic detection that gets caught up in Maria and Sara's schemes. The film was produced and co-written by Luc Besson, who has headed up several action pictures such as THE PROFESSIONAL, THE TRANSPORTER, KISS OF THE DRAGON.

Seeking revenge, Sara and Maria start robbing all the banks Tyler Jackson has taken over. Each of them bring skills to their efforts. Maria has a trick horse that she plays tic-tac-toe with and can talk to. The horse also tells other horses what to do. She's also a great pistol shot. Sara, though she can simper over a manicure, is also a great planner and can be driven to see things through on a large scale.

Although this film isn't going to change your life or address any social problems in a meaningful way (although there is a line in the movie that basically says the United States should keep their noses in their own affairs), BANDIDAS is easy on the eyes and fun to watch. The plot takes predictable turns, but that's made up by the pacing. You see everything coming, but it happens so quickly that you're already onto the next thing in record time.

The predictable cat-fighting that goes on between the two leads doesn't get tiresome because it never takes itself seriously or overstays its welcome. Likewise with the kissing scene (although Steve Zahn must have loved the retakes) where they competed for Quentin Cooke's attention.

Everything comes comfortably together within ninety minutes, and the movie is a romp that involves sexy clothing, girls fighting, some real fighting, feats of derring-do that involve riding horses up ladders, swinging across courtyards, and blowing up buildings. The dialogue is brisk and fun.

BANDIDAS is a great buddy flick, and maybe even one for a light couples night because there's enough comedy and action to satisfy everyone.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Bandidas DVD Feb. 1 2007
By Dale Smith - Published on Amazon.com
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This review is going to be real simple. If you are a fan of Selma Hayek, (After the Sunset) or Penelope Cruz (Sahara) then you'll want to get the movie Bandidas.

If you like comic westerns, (like Blazing Saddles), action movies, or movies with beautiful women. Then you should give then you should give Bandidas a try.

The movie also features, Steve Zahn from (That Thing You Do).

Also, be sure to listen to the audio commentary in some ways. It's even funnier than the movie.
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