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The Bandit (1996)

Eskiya (original title)
Baran the Bandit, released from prison after 35 years, searches for vengeance and his lover.

Director:

Yavuz Turgul

Writer:

Yavuz Turgul
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Sener Sen ... Baran
Ugur Yücel Ugur Yücel ... Cumali
Sermin Hürmeriç Sermin Hürmeriç ... Keje (as Sermin Sen)
Yesim Salkim Yesim Salkim ... Emel
Kamran Usluer Kamran Usluer ... Berfo (as Kamuran Usluer)
Ülkü Duru ... Mother of Emel
Özkan Ugur ... Sedat
Necdet Mahfi Ayral ... Andref Miskin
Kayhan Yildizoglu Kayhan Yildizoglu ... Artist Kemal
Güven Hokna Güven Hokna ... Sevim
Kemal Inci Kemal Inci ... Mustafa
Melih Çardak ... Demircan
Settar Tanriögen ... Laz Naci
Celal Perk Celal Perk ... Deli Selim
Ümit Çirak Ümit Çirak ... Cimbom
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Storyline

The epic adventures of the legendary Baran the Bandit following his release from prison. After serving 35 years, it is no surprise that the world has changed dramatically. Still, Baran can't help but be shocked to discover that his home village is now underwater thanks to the construction of a new dam. He then heads for Istanbul to get revenge upon his former best friend, the man who snitched on him and stole his lover Keje. Along the way, Baran teams up with Cumali, a tough young punk who finds the thief's old-fashioned ways rather quaint. When Cumali gets into deep trouble with a crime boss, Baran adds another vengeful task to his roster. Written by Anonymous

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Crime | Drama | Thriller

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Country:

Turkey | France | Bulgaria

Language:

Turkish

Release Date:

29 November 1996 (Turkey) See more »

Also Known As:

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Filming Locations:

Istanbul, Turkey See more »

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Budget:

TRL1,200,000 (estimated)
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Mono | Dolby Digital (Restored version)

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.78 : 1
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Trivia

Official submission of Turkey for the 'Best Foreign Language Film' category of the 70th Academy Awards in 1998. See more »

Quotes

Baran: [to Keje after thirty years imprisonment] They shot me in the jail, I did not die. I got sick and lost one of my lung and I did not die again. They have beaten me, my mouth was full of blood but I did not die. I lived... I lived just to see you again one last time. They told me that you went silent after I jailed. Nobody heard your voice. Will you talk with me now? Can I hear your voice again.
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Connections

References Ince Cumali (1967) See more »

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Herseye Yabanci Olmak/ To be unfamiliar with everything
Written by Erkan Ogur
Courtesy of Kalan Muzik
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The Bandit
12 January 2012 | by MartinTellerSee all my reviews

After 35 years in prison, a mountain bandit goes to Istanbul to find the man who betrayed him and stole his lady. Nothing much new here, dredging up a lot of the usual gangster/revenge/fish out of water motifs, but it does a decent job of pulling you in and manages a certain freshness despite the familiarity of the material. Some of the larger dramatic scenes are painfully clichéd, but it's pieced together nicely and has some pretty good character moments. I get the feeling Turgul is a more talented director than a writer. Sener Sem (who I just realized was also in that lousy "Rascals" movie I recently watched) is a likable fellow, and his rapport with Ugur Yucel works well. Overall it's a somewhat mediocre film, but quite watchable with flashes of potential.


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