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I can't say I enjoyed watching this film very much. It was actually the first time I've seen it (and the last), but I was still bored through most of it. I'm not a fan of gangster stories (I was also bored watching The Godfather) and I get no pleasure out of watching car chases or gun fights. The film was probably a little scandalous and considered sexy when it was made, but nowadays it seems very puritan (I'm also not a fan of excessive nudity or pointless sex scenes (pretty much anything HBO), but where it does make sense, why not). To me, it doesn't work anymore in modern times even though it was nice to see Faye Dunaway in such an early role (I'm giving an extra star just for her cheekbones). And I probably wouldn't like a modern version of the same story very much either ...
A classic, both as movi and book - the story is well known and tragic both still worth seeing.
|Warren Beatty||Clyde Barrow|
|Faye Dunaway||Bonnie Parker|
|Michael J. Pollard||C.W. Moss|
|Gene Wilder||Eugene Grizzard|
|Gene Hackman||Buck Barrow|
|Denver Pyle||Frank Hamer|
|Dub Taylor||Ivan Moss|
|Evans Evans||Velma Davis|
|Mabel Cavitt||Bonnie's mother|
|Dean Tavoularis||Art Direction|
|Burnett Guffey||Director of Photography|
|Raymond Paul||Set Decoration|
|Theadora Van Runkle||Costume Design|
|Lester Flatt||Original Music Composer|
|Charles Henderson||Original Music Composer|
|Earl Scruggs||Original Music Composer|
|Charles Strouse||Original Music Composer|
|Mitch Murray||Original Music Composer|
"They’re young...they’re in love...and they kill people."
"The strangest damned gang you ever heard of. They're young. They're in love. They rob banks."
"They met in 1930. She was stark naked, yelling at him out the window while he tried to steal her mother's car. In a matter of minutes they robbed a store, fired a few shots and then stole somebody else's car. At that point they had not yet been introduced."
In the middle of the Great Depression, Clyde Barrow (Warren Beatty) and Bonnie Parker (Faye Dunaway) meet when Clyde tries to steal Bonnie's mother's car. Bonnie, who is bored by her job as a waitress, is intrigued with Clyde, and decides to take up with him and become his partner in crime. They pull off some holdups, but their amateur efforts, while exciting, are not very lucrative.
The duo's crime spree shifts into high gear once they hook up with a dim-witted gas station attendant, C.W. Moss (Michael J. Pollard), then with Clyde's older brother Buck (Gene Hackman) and his wife, Blanche (Estelle Parsons), a preacher's daughter. The women dislike each other on first sight, and their feud only escalates from there: shrill Blanche has nothing but disdain for Bonnie, Clyde and C.W., while gun-moll Bonnie sees Blanche's flighty presence as a constant danger to the gang's well-being.
Bonnie and Clyde turn from pulling small-time heists to robbing banks. Their exploits also become more violent. When C.W. botches a bank robbery by parallel parking the getaway car, Clyde shoots the bank manager in the face after he jumps onto the slow-moving car's running board. The gang is pursued by law enforcement, including Texas Ranger Frank Hamer (Denver Pyle), who is captured and humiliated by the outlaws, then set free. A raid later catches the outlaws off guard, mortally wounding Buck with a gruesome shot to his head and injuring Blanche. Bonnie, Clyde and C.W. barely escape with their lives. With Blanche sightless and in police custody, Hamer tricks her into revealing C.W.'s name, who was up until now still only an "unidentified suspect."
Hamer locates Bonnie, Clyde and C.W. hiding at the house of C.W.'s father Ivan Moss (Dub Taylor), who thinks the couple — and an ornate tattoo — have corrupted his son. He strikes a bargain with Hamer: in exchange for leniency for the boy, he helps set a trap for the outlaws. When Bonnie and Clyde stop on the side of the road to help Mr. Moss fix a flat tire, the police in the bushes open fire and riddle them violently. Hamer and his posse then come out of hiding, looking pensively at the couple's bodies.
Theatrical : 1967-08-13 : United States of America
DVD : 2008-05-05