Bonnie and Clyde

Bonnie and Clyde

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Director: Arthur Penn

Cast: Arthur Penn, Warren Beatty, Faye Dunaway, Michael J. Pollard


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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…  See more details below


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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Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Rachel Saltz
With Bonnie and Clyde, producer Warren Beatty and director Arthur Penn served notice to Hollywood that it was time to "get with it," and audiences duly backed them up: The movie hit like a cultural tornado and made a commercial killing (it was Warner Bros.' second biggest box-office hit up to that time). Groundbreaking in its use of violence and narrative stylization -- influenced by the French New Wave in general and Jean-Luc Godard in particular -- the film's most daring gambit was to make Bonnie and Clyde sympathetic, misunderstood antiheroes: a bull's-eye notion for 1967. Beatty plays the impotent, none-too-bright Clyde, who has Robin Hood-type impulses, and Faye Dunaway is at her best as Bonnie. Slowly stultifying in a dusty small town, Bonnie is turned on by the speedy fun and danger promised by Clyde; together their exploits make them folk heroes. There are also memorable performances by Michael J. Pollard, Estelle Parsons (who won an Oscar for Best Supporting Actress) and Gene Hackman. Burnett Guffey, who shot for Warner Bros. in the 1940s and '50s, won the Best Cinematography Academy Award for his work on the film.
All Movie Guide - Lucia Bozzola
The turning point from Hollywood's moribund studio system to the impending youthquake of the 1970s, Arthur Penn's Bonnie and Clyde (1967) audaciously broke conventions, upset critics, and revealed a young audience's box office power. With its unstinting violence and sympathy for the glamorous, gun-toting criminals, Bonnie and Clyde sharply divided critics over whether it was strikingly innovative or reprehensibly amoral and nihilistic. The increasingly rebellious youth audience, however, embraced the doomed heroes, and both Time and Newsweek recanted their initial negative negative reviews as other critics continued to savage it. Though Warner Bros. had dumped the film, star Warren Beatty badgered the studio into a second release. Bonnie and Clyde grossed over $20 million, landing on the cover of Time as the harbinger of the "New Cinema" as Theadora Van Runkle's costumes inspired a 1930s fashion craze. Heavily influenced by the European art movies of the early 1960s, writers Robert Benton and David Newman intended to make a revisionist gangster movie in the spirit of the French New Wave, to be directed by Jean-Luc Godard or François Truffaut; the film openly sympathized with its glamorous gangsters, who became analogues of hip 1960s counter-culture protestors, and its tone veered unexpectedly between slapstick comedy and serious consequences, galling more conventional critics who wanted the film to enforce a clear morality. Faye Dunaway's strong-willed Bonnie and Beatty's impotent Clyde were hardly a traditional couple, and their gory demise in rapid-fire, slow motion montage went far beyond previous Hollywood bloodshed. Nominated for ten Oscars including Best Picture, Bonnie and Clyde won for Burnett Guffey's cinematography and Estelle Parsons as Supporting Actress. The impact of its violence and youth appeal was confirmed by the ensuing successes of The Wild Bunch and Easy Rider, while outlaw couple films from Badlands (1973) to Thelma and Louise (1991) have ensured its continuing legacy.

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Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Warren Beatty Clyde Barrow
Faye Dunaway Bonnie Parker
Michael J. Pollard C.W. Moss
Gene Hackman Buck Barrow
Estelle Parsons Blanche
Gene Wilder Eugene Grizzard
Denver Pyle Frank Hamer
Dub Taylor Ivan Moss
Evans Evans Velma Davis
Roy Heard Man
J.J. Lemmon Sheriff
Joe Spratt Farmer
James Stivers Butcher
Martha Adcock Bank customer
Mabel Cavitt Bonnie's mother
Sadie French Bank customer
Clyde Howdy Deputy
Russ Marker Bank guard
Ken Mayer Sheriff Smoot
Ann Palmer Bonnie's sister

Technical Credits
Arthur Penn Director
Dede Allen Editor
Warren Beatty Producer
Robert Benton Screenwriter
Burnett Guffey Cinematographer
Robert Jiras Makeup
Danny Lee Special Effects
David Newman Screenwriter
Raymond Paul Set Decoration/Design
Jack N. Reddish Asst. Director
Vincent Saizis Cinematographer
Russ Saunders Production Manager
Charles Strouse Score Composer
Dean Tavoularis Art Director
Theadora Van Runkle Costumes/Costume Designer

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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Bonnie and Clyde
1. Snapshot Credits [1:54]
2. Things That Turn Up [4:30]
3. What Armed Robbery's Like [2:02]
4. Not Much of a Lover Boy [5:06]
5. We Rob Banks [3:46]
6. Hard Luck at the Bank [3:54]
7. CJ's Not Afraid [3:50]
8. First Blood [2:59]
9. At the Movies [1:17]
10. Least I Ain't A Liar [4:36]
11. Photo Session [3:00]
12. In Confidence [2:14]
13. Don't Sell That Cow [1:23]
14. Homebodies [2:28]
15. Under Fire [3:23]
16. Heated Words [2:25]
17. Texas Ranger Frank Hamer [6:22]
18. Barrow Gang Greetings [3:37]
19. Equal Share For Equal Risk? [2:19]
20. Velma and Eugene [6:40]
21. Bonnie's Kin [6:26]
22. Tourist Cabin Blues [2:55]
23. Telltale Gun [1:41]
24. Ambush [3:34]
25. Blood Field [2:45]
26. Buck and Blanche Surrounded [3:05]
27. Shanty Town Helping Hand [2:24]
28. Ivan Moss' Hospitality [3:55]
29. Questioning Blanche [2:55]
30. The Story Of Bonnie And Clyde [2:38]
31. Trip to Town [1:09]
32. Honest Dreams [2:08]
33. Nobody Catches Clyde [3:14]
34. Birds and Bullets Fly [3:05]
35. Cast List and Exit Music [:45]

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Bonnie and Clyde 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 15 reviews.
alexphilAU More than 1 year ago
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.
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poughkeepsiejohn More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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!
Guest More than 1 year ago
"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
Guest More than 1 year ago
"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.
Molly2 More than 1 year ago
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.
TallPaul More than 1 year ago
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!
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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?