Bandit Queen
Bandit Queen (1995)

This gripping Indian-British film relates the true story of Phoolan Devi, an Indian woman arrested in the state of Uttar Pradesh in January 1983 for kidnapping and murder. Dissatisfied with caste-restrictions and her dull marriage, Devi… More

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Rated: R
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Release Date: June 30, 1995
DVD Release Date: December 7, 2004
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Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader

This is an eye-filling and often stirring movie.

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Richard Corliss
TIME Magazine

An exciting movie that brings Devi's story to life with passion but without passing judgment.

Emanuel Levy

A controversial film due to its provocative portrait of the legendary Indian female warrior; even its subject later repudiated it.

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David Jenkins
Time Out

The numerous, unflinchingly filmed scenes of public and gang rape make this a visceral, if gruelling, experience, especially when juxtaposed with sprawling, beautifully photographed vistas of the Indian deserts and mountain ranges.

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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times

Seema Biswas is convincing in the role: small, fierce, dark-eyed and indomitable.

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Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

Lavishly directed as an historical biopic by Shekhar Kapur.

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Kevin Thomas
Los Angeles Times

An astonishing, overpowering piece of rabble-rousing, consciousness-raising, epic-scale filmmaking.

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John Hartl

At the center of the movie are two fine actresses who make Phoolan's unsettled character seem inevitable.

Jim Hall

In comparison with most of the Indian cinema that breaks through to the Western mainstream, Bandit Queen stands out for its political attitude and willingness to take on Hollywood sensibilities in its storytelling.

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Randy Tippy
Violent, disturbing and true. A hardcore docu-drama that doesn't pull any punches.