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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 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 ... 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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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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bandit | money | prison | bar | mafia | See All (31) »

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Crime | Drama | Thriller

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This movie is exclusively regarded as the savior and the turning point of the Turkish cinema which was desperately struggling against the foreign films since 1980 and having difficulty to attract the domestic audience. See more »

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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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Herseye Yabanci Olmak/ To be unfamiliar with everything
Written by Erkan Ogur
Courtesy of Kalan Muzik
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A classic Turkish action/drama movie for all to see !
7 March 2006 | by kuzgunsovalyesiSee all my reviews

I've seen this movie in the cinema ten years ago when I was younger and now, after seeing it again, I'm surprised that I still get the same emotions from it. In my review, I'll try to stay away of spoilers but I'll also give you a good treatment of the plot as well (just the big-picture).

Movie starts as Baran, an old eskiya (a honorable bandit) is getting out of prison after 35 years of jail to find his village and his home under the waters of Firat river. He then learns that his confinement was due to an old comrade's betrayal, and that his comrade took away and married his lover, Keje. Baran comes to the biggest city of Turkey, Istanbul to seek his old comrade and maybe to take revenge...

Due to an unlikely coincidence, he meets Cumali, a young man that has no family and is living in Istanbul, earning his life with criminal acts. Baran the Eskiya is not familiar with the city-life but Cumali is willing to help him because of his debt.

Baran the eskiya has a deep character, despite his criminal past, he looks like a naive person in the metropolitan city of Istanbul. Despite that he is an uneducated person, he may be the most honorable and wise person in this big city. Sener Sen (Baran) and Ugur Yucel (Cumali) each gives spectacular acting performance and their talents combined with an intelligent script breathe life into this "Eskiya" myth. Baran is the last of the Eskiyas !

The movie has a slow start but towards the ending, the mood gets stronger. The movie reaches it's climax at the dramatic scenes to the finish. This is a story about honor and the power of love. This is a story about two strangers that are becoming tied emotionally, like the father and the son. A classic Turkish Action/Drama movie for all to see !

PS. also check out another Turkish movie "Kabadayi" by the same director/writer (Yavuz Turgul) and the same actor (Sener Sen).


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Country:

Turkey | France | Bulgaria

Language:

Turkish

Release Date:

29 November 1996 (Turkey) See more »

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Filming Locations:

Istanbul, Turkey See more »

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Budget:

TRL1,200,000 (estimated)
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1.78 : 1
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