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Bandits

Former prisoner Bruce Willis tends to act without thinking. Fellow escapee Billy Bob Thornton tends to think without acting. Together they become notoriously successful bank robbers whose exploits are mined for comedy and milked for drama, though what results is diminished by the very framing device contrived to punch it up. A crime-TV host does a follow-up on the fugitives—who'd forced him at gunpoint to interview them at the height of their career—and the segment, like the movie, opens climax first, with security-camera footage from their last job, then flashes back to show how disaffected housewife Cate Blanchett fell in with them. Barry Levinson directed a screenplay by Harley Peyton. 123 min.

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