Bonnie and ClydeDirector: Arthur Penn
Producer/star Warren Beatty had to convince Warner Bros. to finance this film, which went on to become the studio's second-highest grosser. It also caused major controversy by redefining violence in cinema and casting its criminal protagonists as sympathetic anti-heroes. Based loosely on the true exploits of Clyde Barrow and Bonnie Parker during the 30s, the film begins as Clyde (Beatty) tries to steal the car of Bonnie Parker (Faye Dunaway)'s mother. Bonnie is excited by Clyde's outlaw demeanor, and he further stimulates her by robbing a store in her presence. Clyde steals a car, with Bonnie in tow, and their legendary crime spree begins. The two move from town to town, pulling off small heists, until they join up with Clyde's brother Buck (Gene Hackman), his shrill wife Blanche (Estelle Parsons), and a slow-witted gas station attendant named C.W. Moss (Michael J. Pollard). The new gang robs a bank and Clyde is soon painted in the press as a Depression-era Robin Hood when he allows one bank customer to hold onto his money. Soon the police are on the gang's trail and they are constantly on the run, even kidnapping a Texas Ranger (Denver Pyle) and setting him adrift on a raft, handcuffed, after he spits in Bonnie's face when she kisses him. That same ranger leads a later raid on the gang that leaves Buck dying, Blanche captured, and both Clyde and Bonnie injured. The ever-loyal C.W. takes them to his father's house. C.W.'s father disaproves his son's affiliation with gangsters and enters a plea bargain with the Texas Rangers. A trap is set that ends in one of the bloodiest death scenes in cinematic history. The film made stars out of Beatty and Dunaway, and it also featured the screen debut of Gene Wilder as a mortician briefly captured by the gang. Its portrayal of Bonnie and Clyde as rebels who empathized with the poor working folks of the 1930s struck a chord with the counterculture of the 1960s and helped generate a new, young audience for American movies that carried over into Hollywood's renewal of the 1970s. Its combination of sex and violence with dynamic stars, social relevance, a traditional Hollywood genre, and an appeal to hip young audiences set the pace for many American movies to come.
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Cast & Crew
|Warren Beatty||Clyde Barrow|
|Faye Dunaway||Bonnie Parker|
|Michael J. Pollard||C.W. Moss|
|Gene Hackman||Buck Barrow|
|Gene Wilder||Eugene Grizzard|
|Denver Pyle||Frank Hamer|
|Dub Taylor||Ivan Moss|
|Evans Evans||Velma Davis|
|Martha Adcock||Bank customer|
|Mabel Cavitt||Bonnie's mother|
|Sadie French||Bank customer|
|Russ Marker||Bank guard|
|Ken Mayer||Sheriff Smoot|
|Ann Palmer||Bonnie's sister|
|Danny Lee||Special Effects|
|Raymond Paul||Set Decoration/Design|
|Jack N. Reddish||Asst. Director|
|Russ Saunders||Production Manager|
|Charles Strouse||Score Composer|
|Dean Tavoularis||Art Director|
|Theadora Van Runkle||Costumes/Costume Designer|
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Bonie and Clyde is Faye Dunaway's firt movie and the year was 1967! This is a poignant true to life story of two of America's greatest lovers who were theives in the late 1800s. The story revolve around the duo's mischiefs in robbing banks and people. Warren Beatty's and Faye's performance is superb and the cinematography is good. Arthur Penn's rendition of the death scene of the two crimininals was phenomenal and heart pounding. For biography fans, this movie is a must see and should not be missed. The scenes of the crime were tastefully done and touches the viewer.
Somehow, when I first saw that ad with that caption, I knew this was going to be a great film. But even I had no idea just how seminal this 1967 gangster film was going to be. The truly brilliant films are always the ones that take us by surprise and Arthur Penn's "Bonnie and Clyde" was one of those films. Made just as the old studio system had fallen apart and Hollywood was breaking free of The Hayes Code, "Bonnie and Clyde" is the re-telling of the two reckless 1930's criminals who became as legendary as Western outlaws. Yet, this motion picture appealed more to the counter-culture than to people who actually experienced The Great Depression. Looking back on it now, it has become as influential as "The Godfather", "Goodfellas" and "Pulp Fiction" and every bit as exciting. Warren Beatty (who also produced the film) portrays Clyde Barrow as cocky and insecure but completely sure that he'll never go back to prison, especially after chopping his toes off to get out of a work detail. Faye Dunaway makes Bonnie Parker appear at first as a bored individual who desires excitement without really thinking beforehand. Their crimes start out small but they soon escalate into more serious ones like murder. Clyde's jovial brother, Buck (a hilarious Gene Hackman), soon hooks up with Clyde in the hopes of getting him to change his ways. It goes without saying that Buck finds himself getting caught in Clyde's way of life, going through not one but several gun battles with the authorities. The appeal of 1930's gangsters is personafied in this movie. Yet, the film shows how Bonnie and Clyde makes mistakes that constantly get them tripped up, all the way to their tragic, violent end. The real Bonnie and Clyde were ambushed by the police in 1934 without even returning a shot. The movie reconstructs that unsettling moment thanks to the marvelous editting of the late Dede Allen, made at a time when everything in films was analog. It also makes you wonder if any Hollywood film today would produce such a climax that would leave its audiences stunned and speechless. Estelle Parsons won an Oscar for her portrayl of Buck's wife, Blanche, a skittish preacher's daughter who resents the criminal life but can't resist the perks just the same. This special edition features a booklet of photos and promotion. However, it also features a fascinating doc from The History Channel and you'd be surprised about some of the details the film couldn't (or didn't) get into---such as how Bonnie and Clyde were able to help break out a number of prisoners from a brutal prison camp where Clyde was once a prisoner. Also, the C. W. Moss character (played to the awkward hilt by Michael J. Pollard) was a composite of two different real characters---one who was captured by the authorites and cooperated with them and one whose father made a deal with the law in the hopes of getting his son a lenient sentence. Still, nothing can diminish the tremendous quality of this film, which shook up the stiff, staid Hollywood system the way "Psycho" and "Clockwork Orange" did. Who had any idea that "Bonnie and Clyde" would become such a legendary film? Well, I didn't. And you know something? Neither did Gene Wilder.
Everyone knows what's going to happen BUT, the story line and the acting are a breath from perfection down to the background extras....yeah, its' that good! You, the audiance actually goes on a 'ride' with Bonnie and Clyde. You'll be completely drawn to their self-distruction and find yourself hoping not to see the inevitable happen..Yeah,you'll become that involved which is a mark of a GOOD MOVIE..BUY IT!
"Bonnie and Clyde" is the superb 1967 milestone movie that changed much of the face and the mind of the films that followed. Producer-star Warren Beatty and director Arthur Penn have dealt with an American folk legend in almost ballad form and triumphed. Where the fact ends and the fiction begins is no longer decipherable or very relevant to the brief history of the couple who earned their niche in the hoodlum drifters, nobodies yearning to be some kind of somebodies, rebels with no cause beyond the moment's rebellion, when a third of the Depression-bruised nation, debilitated and apathetic, was ready to secretly admire those who could get away with striking at the Establishment. It is in retrospect that the pathos of this pair is evident--and this evidence provides the particular distinction of what might well have been just another gangster movie, another glorification of violence and rebellion, another bit of lip service to morality. Instead we have a story of two self-made outsiders, aspiring nothing beyond the moment's satisfaction, terrifying in their total dissociation from humanity. Warren Beatty and Faye Dunaway are flawless in underlining the universality and contemporary significance of the theme and Gene Hackman, Estelle Parsons (Oscar winner), and Michael J. Pollard offer superlative support--all to the rickety twang of a banjo and a saturation in time and place. Bonnie and Clyde are presented as social drop-outs, alienated from a society that is seen as devitalized and decayed. Clyde's brother Buck (Hackman), Buck's wife Blanche (Parsons) and a driver, C. W. Moss (Pollard), join them in their exploits. The gang takes to the road and lives out of the car in a way that many disaffected young people of the Sixties would recognize as analogous to their own formless lives. Bonnie and Clyde are presented as the hippies of an earlier generation, humiliating the established order, having fun, and generally acting out a vaguely directed program of social revolt that accords with a Sixties feeling of youthful protest, particularly against the Vietnam War. Feeding the film's fame was unquestionably the controversy it provoked. "Bonnie and Clyde" was accused of social irresponsibility, of romanticizing criminals and of encouraging violence (given the painfulness of the violence in the film, this latter charge is quite extraordinary). The gangster film has always been potentially the most subversive of film genres, because of its tendency to make heroes out of criminals and of its criticism of prevailing social conditions. "Bonnie and Clyde" was subjected to some of the most savage arguments since Howard Hawks's "Scarface" (1932). Critics were split down the middle. Indeed, in one famous incident, the critic of "Time" magazine, Joseph Morgenstern, savaged the movie one week as "a squalid shoot-'em-up for the moron trade", and then, in the following week's column, took it all back and talked of the movie's "dazzling artistry". The film has a controversial sexual motif. Clyde's impotence contributes to his sense of inferiority and it is implied that his criminal activities were partly attempts at self-assertion. Also the violence of the film is genuinely disturbing, for three main reasons. The film is structured in such a way that we are encouraged to identify with the Barrow gang before the extreme violence gets underway, so that when it comes, it is especially painful, as if we cannot avoid the bullets any more than the victims. The color highlights the amount of blood split: no gangster film before "Bonnie and Clyde" had so much red in it. Finally, the violence seemed both a contemplation and a prophecy of a mood of savage frustration that was slowly sweeping the country. The film was a colossal success. Budgeted at $2,500,000, it grossed a staggering $50 million in the U.S. alone. The reason for this is that, despite being a period
"We rob banks" "Ain't life grand?" A movie filled with dazzling nuance. Faye Dunaway does more in her first thirty seconds on screen than most actresses do during an entire movie. 90% of any respect I have for Warren Beatty is due to his involvement with this movie. Gene Hackman? Brilliant. I've seen the ending at least 20 times and it still has a shocking, mesmorizing effect on me. Great 60's movie based in the 1930's that is timeless.
Having just seen "Public Enemies" with Johnny Debb, I went home and put the DVD of "Bonnie and Clyde" on my player. I was astonished to see the huge difference in quality between this recent movie and a film that was made more than 40 years ago. "Bonnie and "Clyde" introduces the viewer to two interesting characters, played with tremendous verve and intelligence by Warren Beatty and newcomer Faye Dunaway. With impressive back-up performances by Gene Hackman, Michael J. Pollard and Estelle Parsons (who won an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress for this flick),and inspired direction by Arthur Penn, this movie shows the reckless, dangerous and lawless, but also fascinating decade of the Great Depression. The icing on the cake is the soundtrack, by Earl Scruggs and Lester Flatt. Put them all together, and you have a film that resonates with the viewer. "Public Enemies" never gives you any idea who John Dillinger is. He remains a enigmatic figure, and despite the fine cinematography, I found the film a pleasant way to spend 2 hours in a cinema, and not much more. "Bonnie and Clyde", on the other hand,remains unforgettable.
Beatty,Dunaway and Hackman do a very good job with a mediocre script and many times told tale. Interesting to watch. Glad I didn't live then!
I indeed did not complete this movie. I thought the film was decently written and horribly acted. When I say "decently", it's a low decently. Some of the actors didn't really portray the right expressions for the emotions they should be feeling in certain scenes and because of that, it almost feels as if these actors are terribly inexperienced. It wouldn't really surprise me if the writer of the film is a debut screenwriter. It seems as though the writing could have been better and that the writer was inexperienced as well. The lead roles of the film don't even really act well and if the leads don't act well, then how can one expect the film to be good?