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Bandidas
Bandidas
is a 2006 French-Mexican-American Western action comedy film starring Salma Hayek
Salma Hayek
and Penélope Cruz
Penélope Cruz
directed by Norwegian directors Joachim Rønning and Espen Sandberg and produced and written by Luc Besson. It tells the tale of two very different women in late 19th century Mexico
Mexico
who become a bank robbing duo in an effort to combat a ruthless enforcer terrorising their town. This is the first film that Cruz and Hayek starred in together. It was a co-production among France, the United States
United States
and Mexico.

Contents

1 Plot 2 Cast 3 Release and reception 4 See also 5 References 6 External links

Plot[edit] In 1890s Mexico, María Álvarez (Penélope Cruz) is an uneducated, poor farm-girl whose caring father is being forced off his land by a cruel U.S. land baron named Tyler Jackson (Dwight Yoakam). Sara Sandoval (Salma Hayek) is the highly educated, wealthy daughter of the arrogant owner of the nearby properties, and has recently returned from Europe where she attended numerous grade schools and colleges in England, Spain, and France
France
for several years. In one fell swoop, both María's and Sara's fathers fall under attack by the baron, (Sara's father is killed, María's is shot but survives) giving him free rein in the nearby territories. As an act of revenge, María and Sara team up to become bank robbers, stealing and giving back to the poor Mexicans who have lost their lands. At first, the pair's relationship is characterized by petty cattiness stemming in part from their different backgrounds, but under the tutelage of famed bank robber Bill Buck they learn to trust each other. During their crucial training session at the edge of a cliff, the two women test their strength by hanging from a metal bar over a wide river. At the point of exhaustion María tells Sara she cannot swim before losing her grip on the bar. Sara voluntarily drops into the river and saves her. The two women put aside their differences and agree that, while they are not friends yet, they can at least work together as partners. María turns out to be a crack shot and, while Sara can barely hold a gun, she shows that she is an expert with throwing knives. Angered by the recent attacks by two women, who are now known by the public as the "Bandidas", Jackson brings in a specialist criminal investigator named Quentin Cooke. When Sara and María learn this, and they capture Cooke and seduce him to help them. He has already figured out that Sara's father was murdered and therefore discovers that his client is a criminal. The trio embark upon bigger, more ambitious heists, during which María and Sara compete for Quentin's affections. In a move to make the money they have stolen useless, Jackson moves the gold that backs the money on a train up towards U.S. territories. Midway, he decides to steal the gold, betraying the Mexican government. The Bandidas
Bandidas
hunt him down, but when they get their chance to kill him, they decline to do so, feeling it would make them no better than him. Jackson manages to draw his gun and almost gets a shot off at María but Sara shoots first, killing him. Quentin meets with his fiancée, much to María's heartbreak. She and Sara ride off into the sunset, their eyes set on Europe, where Sara says the banks are bigger. Cast[edit]

Salma Hayek
Salma Hayek
as Sara Sandoval Penélope Cruz
Penélope Cruz
as María Álvarez Steve Zahn
Steve Zahn
as Quentin Cooke Dwight Yoakam
Dwight Yoakam
as Tyler Jackson José María Negri as Padre Pablo Audra Blaser as Clarissa Ashe Sam Shepard
Sam Shepard
as Bill Buck Ismael 'East' Carlo as Don Diego Sandoval Edgar Vivar
Edgar Vivar
as bank manager

Release and reception[edit] Bandidas
Bandidas
earned $18,381,890 worldwide[1] including $3,153,999 in Mexico
Mexico
and $2,380,000 in Russia. The film earned mixed to positive reviews, with a 62% out of 13 reviews on Rotten Tomatoes.[2] See also[edit]

Viva Maria!

References[edit]

^ " Bandidas
Bandidas
(2006) - International Box Office Results - Box Office Mojo". Boxofficemojo.com. Retrieved 1 October 2017.  ^ " Bandidas
Bandidas
(2006)". Rotten Tomatoes. Retrieved 7 September 2013.

External links[edit]

Bandidas
Bandidas
on IMDb Bandidas
Bandidas
at AllMovie Bandidas
Bandidas
at Box Office Mojo OhmyNews Film Review

v t e

Films directed by Joachim Rønning and Espen Sandberg

Roenberg

Bandidas
Bandidas
(2006) Max Manus: Man of War (2008) Kon-Tiki (2012) Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales (2017)

v t e

Luc Besson

Directed

Le Dernier Combat
Le Dernier Combat
(1983) Subway (1985) The Big Blue
The Big Blue
(1988) Nikita (1990) Atlantis (1991) Léon: The Professional (1994) The Fifth Element
The Fifth Element
(1997) The Messenger: The Story of Joan of Arc (1999) Angel-A
Angel-A
(2005) Arthur and the Invisibles
Arthur and the Invisibles
(2006) Arthur and the Revenge of Maltazard
Arthur and the Revenge of Maltazard
(2009) Arthur 3: The War of the Two Worlds (2010) The Extraordinary Adventures of Adèle Blanc-Sec (2010) The Lady (2011) The Family (2013) Lucy (2014) Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets
Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets
(2017) Anna (2018)

Produced

Le Dernier Combat
Le Dernier Combat
(1983) Subway (1985) Atlantis (1991) Cold Moon
Cold Moon
(1991) Nil by Mouth (1997) Taxi (1998) Taxi 2
Taxi 2
(2000) Kiss of the Dragon
Kiss of the Dragon
(2001) Wasabi (2001) La Turbulence des fluides (2002) The Transporter
The Transporter
(2002) Fanfan la Tulipe (2003) Les Côtelettes
Les Côtelettes
(2003) Michel Vaillant (2003) Taxi 3
Taxi 3
(2003) District 13 (2004) Taxi (2004) Revolver (2005) The Three Burials of Melquiades Estrada (2005) Transporter 2
Transporter 2
(2005) Unleashed (2005) Angel-A
Angel-A
(2005) Arthur and the Invisibles
Arthur and the Invisibles
(2006) Bandidas
Bandidas
(2006) Love and Other Disasters
Love and Other Disasters
(2006) Nuovomondo
Nuovomondo
(2006) Tell No One
Tell No One
(2006) The Secret (2007) Taxi 4
Taxi 4
(2007) Hitman (2007) Taken (2008) Transporter 3
Transporter 3
(2008) District 13: Ultimatum (2009) Home (2009) Staten Island (2009) Arthur and the Revenge of Maltazard
Arthur and the Revenge of Maltazard
(2009) Arthur 3: The War of the Two Worlds (2010) From Paris with Love (2010) 22 Bullets
22 Bullets
(2010) Colombiana
Colombiana
(2011) The Source (2011) A Monster in Paris
A Monster in Paris
(2011) The Lady (2011) Lockout (2012) Taken 2
Taken 2
(2012) No Limit (2012) Collison (2013) Jack and the Cuckoo-Clock Heart (2013) 3 Days to Kill
3 Days to Kill
(2013) The Family (2013) Brick Mansions
Brick Mansions
(2014) The Homesman
The Homesman
(2014) Taken 3
Taken 3
(2015) The Transporter
The Transporter
Refueled (2015) The Warriors Gate
The Warriors Gate
(2016) Renegades (2016) Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets
Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets
(2017) Taxi 5
Taxi 5
(2018) Anna (2018)

Written

Taxi (1998) Taxi 2
Taxi 2
(2000) Kiss of the Dragon
Kiss of the Dragon
(2001) Wasabi (2001) Yamakasi (2001) The Transporter
The Transporter
(2002) Fanfan la Tulipe (2003) Taxi 3
Taxi 3
(2003) Michel Vaillant (2003) Crimson Rivers II: Angels of the Apocalypse (2004) District 13 (2004) Revolver (2005) Transporter 2
Transporter 2
(2005) Unleashed (2005) Angel-A
Angel-A
(2005) Bandidas
Bandidas
(2006) Taxi 4
Taxi 4
(2007) Taken (2008) Transporter 3
Transporter 3
(2008) District 13: Ultimatum (2009) From Paris with Love (2010) Colombiana
Colombiana
(2011) Lockout (2012) Taken 2
Taken 2
(2012) 3 Days to Kill
3 Days to Kill
(2014) Brick Mansions
Brick Mansions
(2014) Lucy (2014) Taken 3
Taken 3
(2015) The Transporter
The Transporter
Refueled (2015) The Warriors Gate
The Warriors Gate
(2016) Renegades (2017) Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets
Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets
(2017) Anna (2018)

TV series

No Limit (2012-2015) Taxi Brooklyn
Taxi Brooklyn
(2014) Taken (2017)

See also

Film

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