Synopsis: Two convicts, one charismatic (Willis) and the other a hypochondriac (Thornton), break out of prison and immediately start a bank robbing spree, kidnapping bank managers, spending the night with their families, then going with the managers in the morning to rob the banks. Using a dim-witted stunt man as their getaway driver and lookout, the three successfully pull off several jobs (even gaining the attention of a television show about American criminals), and become known as "The Sleepover Bandits." Things are going great until the bank managers begin to realize that the robbers are non-violent and therefore no threat to them or their employees, changing the game for the Bandits. To add to the complications, a bored & unhappy housewife (Blanchett) ends up in the hands of the criminals, and begins to have romantic feelings for both Willis and Thornton, causing a sticky love triangle.
Genre: Comedy, Crime, Drama
Director(s): Barry Levinson
Production: MGM Pictures
  Nominated for 2 Golden Globes. Another 4 wins & 5 nominations.
Rotten Tomatoes:
123 min


Joe Blake and Terry Collins.

This is lieutenant McCormick...

...of the Los Angeles Police Department.

Put down your weapons

and come out of the bank...

...with your hands in the air.

"One last big heist."

What a great idea!

Yeah, Joe knows best.

Yes, siree.

Joe knows exactly what he's doing.

Exactly what he's doing.

What is Joe getting me?

Stuck in a bank called The Alamo...

...surrounded by the entire

Los Angeles Police Department.

Look out there!

Remember now people.

These guys haven't been prone to

violence yet, in any of these incidents.

So, everybody just stay real calm.

All right?

Joe Black and Terry Collins

have finally met their match.

I think they're running out of luck

very quickly.

They're gonna need more tricks up

their sleeves than Siegfried & Roy...

...if they think they're gonna

get out of this one.

If you're just turning in, we're in front

of the Alamo Savings and Loans...

right here in Century City.

The place looks like a war zone.

The troops are moving in here...

...the SWAT team is moving in,

the helicopters...

Lao Tzu says,

that even the softest of things...

...can pass through a horse

like invisible water.

Thank you for that completely

useless bit of information, Joe.

You know what your problem is?


My problem?


I'm trapped like a rat!

Destined for an early grave.

Kate Wheeler.

You remember Kate.



...queen of double-cross...

...empress of deceit.

Hey, duchess.

I get your point. OK?

Oh, do you Joe?

Do you really?

Because as I recall,

I remember warning you... the strongest language possible

...that taking on a full time hostage

was an error of epic proportion.

- We had no choice. OK?

- Yes, we did!

Shoot her, and burry her body

in the woods. That was a choice.

Hey! You brought her in!

I recall that!

You know what?

If we had let her go...

...she would have gone

right to the cops. OK?

Joe, look outside.

She did.

That's exactly what she did.

Kate Wheeler is gonna get the thanks

of a grateful nation.

Not to mention a sizeable reward.

We've got shots fired in the location.

Good evening everybody,

I'm Darren Head...

...and tonight

we have an incredible story for you.

It's a story that's part soap opera,

part crime drama.

A story of betrayal and greed.

It's part Bonnie and Clyde...'s part Barnum and Bailey.

It's a story of Joe Blake

and Terry Collins...

...the most successful bank robbers... the history of the United States.

Now, shortly before the bloody

shoot-up that took their lives...

...I had the opportunity to interview

these men in an exclusive interview...

...when they broke into my house...

...and, by gunpoint,

made me tell their story...

...from their point of view.

Now, the reason I bring this up, is

that the footage you're about to see...

...was shot on a home video camera

by my personal assistant, Julio.

So, it's a little shaky and

a little wobbly...

...not exactly professional.

Now, what happened in the wide range

of exchange, is Blake and Collins...

...revealed to me

for the first time anywhere...

...the inside story,

of the daring robberies...

...that made themselves famous.

24 hours later,

Blake and Collins were dead.

Now, we have an exclusive...



24 hours later,

Blake and Collins were dead.

So, tonight,

on a very special edition...

...of "Criminals at Large"...

...the inside story,

the true story...

...of the "Sleep-Over Bandits".

And... fade to black.

That was great, guys. I wanna keep

that one. All right.

You got it.

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Harley Peyton

Harley Peyton is an American television producer and writer. He worked in both capacities on Twin Peaks and was nominated for an Emmy Award for his writing on the series. He went to Harvard and Stanford. more…

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