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Genre: Comedy/Action
Starring: Salma Hayek, Penelope Cruz,
Steve Zahn, Dwight Yoakam, Sam Shepard, Denis Arndt
Director: Joachim Roenning, Espen Sandberg
Rating: NC-16 (Some Violence)
Year Made: 2006




- Audio Commentary by Salma Hayek and Penelope Cruz
- Behind-the-scenes featurette on the making of the movie
- Burning Up the set with Salma and Penelope' featurette



Languages: English/Spanish
Subtitles: English/Spanish
Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
Sound: Dolby Digital 5.1
Running Time: 1 hr 29 mins
Region Code: 1




Determined to avenge the deaths of their fathers, Maria and Sara vow to seize the ill-gotten gains of Tyler Jackson. With help from a retired robber and a jittery criminologist, these two beauties become unlikely outlaws, blazing a trail of larceny and laughter across Mexico!


I couldn’t come up with a better reason to catch “Bandidas” except well, to see two gorgeous beauties, Salma Hayek and Penelope Cruz roughing it out in a Western. Unfortunately, this is all the movie has. The plot is lame, the dialogue is hokey and the acting, juvenile. But still, there’s plenty of cleavage revealing to soften the blow.

Before I’m accused of being a “hum-sup-lo” (Cantonese for lecherous old man), let us delve deeper into other aspects of the movie.

Written and funded by Luc Besson, “Bandidas” is so-called a dream project for the two beauties to finally collaborate on the big screen despite being friends for several years prior to it. But apparently neither Besson nor the pair of Norwegian directors has any deep understanding of the genre. Every cliché found in Westerns are thrown in. The usual robbing the bank scenario, riding on horseback, gun-slinging, tussle on the railway are all here. I wouldn’t be surprised if they revive John Wayne from the grave.

I couldn’t comprehend how the girls took things so lightly despite their main motive was to avenge their fathers in the first place. Maybe it’s the script or perhaps they are too pretty to be angry. The baddie, Tyler Jackson played by Dwight Yoakam has an easy task to sneer in front of the camera in close up whenever it’s his cue onscreen. Sam Shepard has a cameo appearance as an ex-bank robber who imparts the girls with survival fighting skills. And every heterosexual man in the world will wish to be Steve Zahn because he gets to kiss both beauties in the one and only truly hilarious screen moment in the movie.

The movie didn’t get a major release outside Europe despite two very well-know marquees. Blame the French and the Norwegians for messing things up. But please forgive the Spanish babe and Mexican beauty. They are too cute to be faulted.


One of the main culprits for this disaster Luc Besson is surprisingly missing here in the features.

While the movie itself is a lackluster affair, you might like to on the Audio Commentary by Salma Hayek and Penelope Cruz and listen how the girls crack jokes and giggle over the making of the movie. You can panned the movie but you can’t deny their friendship.

Behind-the-scenes featurette on the making of the movie lasts 14 minutes and includes snippets from the gala premiere of “Bandidas” in Paris.

Burning Up the set with Salma and Penelope' featurette is a short 4 minutes interview session with Salma and Penelope.


The lush cinematography of Mexico where the movie is shot translates very well on the small screen. Colours, contrast is good and Salma and Penelope never look so gorgeous before despite the sandy terrain.

The 5.1 dolby track does justice to the gun shots and explosions. Dialogue is not an issue either.



Review by Linus Tee


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