In 1848, a New York bank wants to put a railroad across Mexico, so it buys up small banks around Santa Rita, Durango, and evicts farmers on the proposed rail line who owe money. The bank's henchman is the murderous Jackson. He runs afoul of two women, María, the tough but uneducated daughter of a farmer, and Sara, the European-educated daughter of the owner of one of these banks. To feed the now landless people and to seek revenge, María and Sara become bank robbers, veritable Robin Hoods. But Jackson and his hired guns are after them. What are the women's options?Written by
In the film the character played by Penelope Cruz is the daughter of a Mexican farmer. In reality Cruz is from Spain. Selma Hayek's character in turn plays the daughter of a Don who has just returned from Spain. Hayek herself was born in Mexico. See more »
In the train car loaded with gold, there are many more gunshot sounds than there are gunshots, including two after Jackson (Dwight Yoakam) had exited the train car. By this time six shots had been shown on screen from Maria's (Penélope Cruz) gun. See more »
With gorgeous vistas, "Bandidas" is a fun to watch!
"Bandidas" is set during the Mexican Revolution
Cruz stars as María Alvarez, a gun-happy superstitious peasant who learns that her land has been sold to Tyler Jackson (Dwight Yoakam) by a corrupt Mexican banker Don Diego Sandoval (Ismael 'East' Carlo) until some higher authority intercedes
María always knew what she wants and she always knew she feels, however when she dared to accuse Don Carlos as a corrupt and a thief, as a result of that her father is wounded in his ranch and his house is burned to the ground
Sara Sandoval (Salma Hayek), who has been away at school in Europe for ten years, has left as a girl and came home as a woman The only problem of Don Diego is now to convince her to stay But Sandoval is poisoned following a real estate agreement with the avaricious Jackson
So the two girlsjoined by destinydecide to be trained by Sam Shepard, to shoot well and to learn the rules of robbing banks So they teamed up to get the people back on their land, and to come up with a plan, something that will benefit the people and destroy these murderers
But after Quentin Cooke (Steve Zahn) an expert from New York City is kidnapped by the two she-monsters, the ruthless Jackson brought in more reinforcements, real killers hunting the two girls like animals So every bank was seen more guarded now Sara saw herself desperate, running out of ideas Inside of herself she knew that she was raised to be a spoiled lady, not a renegade
Penélope and Salma have great chemistry, and they are totally adorable together The film has many memorable moments: the church catfight; the horse climbing a ladder; the two beauties in prostitute red cloth; Hayek getting off her chest her bloody corset which has been squeezing her gut her whole life; Salma teaching Penélope how to kiss a man right and how to capture that nuance
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