January 18th, 2006



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In turn-of-the-century Mexico, two very different women become a bank-robbing duo in an effort to combat a ruthless enforcer terrorizing their town.

Release Year: 2006

Rating: 5.6/10 (16,560 voted)

Director: Joachim Rønning

Stars: Penélope Cruz, Salma Hayek, Steve Zahn

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?

Writers: Luc Besson, Robert Mark Kamen

Penélope Cruz - Maria Alvarez
Salma Hayek - Sara Sandoval
Steve Zahn - Quentin
Dwight Yoakam - Tyler Jackson
Denis Arndt - Ashe
Audra Blaser - Clarissa Ashe
Sam Shepard - Bill Buck
Ismael 'East' Carlo - Don Diego
Gary Carlos Cervantes - Pedro (as Carlos Cervantes)
José María Negri - Padre Pablo
Lenny Zundel - Bernardo
Edgar Vivar - Expl. Bank Manager
Ernesto Gómez Cruz - Brujo
Filiberto Estrella - Midget
Yomo Tlazotlalli - Gordo (as Yomo Tlazotlally)

Taglines: Wild, sexy, and action packed!


Official Website: Europe Corp. [France] | Official site [Germany] |

Release Date: 18 January 2006

Filming Locations: Durango, Mexico

Box Office Details

Budget: €32,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend: €49,552 (Netherlands) (19 March 2006) (20 Screens)

Gross: $18,381,890 (Non-USA) (20 April 2008)

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Did You Know?

Originally set for a wide US theatrical release in late 2005 and then early 2006; the film was finally given a 22 September 2006 date and was an exclusive Cinema Latino Theatres chain release.

Anachronisms: The action in this film is supposed to be taking place in 1848, When Sara tries to rob the bank she hums the tune of An Den Schonen Blauen Donau. This tune was composed by Johan Strauss in 1867, almost 20 years later.

Sara Sandoval: I might not know who I am but I know who I'm not, I'm not someone who lets her country down.

User Review

Nice movie to have a break out of ordinary life.

Rating: 7/10

This is a typical "just fun to watch" movie. Nothing for hardcore movie freaks, more but i find it rather well done. Not to much clichés, some gags are very good and some nice lines of text... The action is also in balance and sometimes rather funny. The 2 Bandidas are of course quit sexy and nice looking, but especially Penélope Cruz (Maria) performs well and has that very groovy "archtype" Spanish look that makes you wonder where to hide if she ever get's mad at you. The story and characters are not so well developed, but that's hardly a problem for this type of movie. So if you are looking for a fun movie to relax with and have a good time with your girl/boy/pet and you like some humor and action, check it out. But don't expect a "cinematic masterpiece".


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