Bonnie and Clyde (1967)


“All I can say is, they did right by me – and I’m bringin’ me and a mess of flowers to their funeral. ” – Farmer

Number of Times Seen – at least twice (Cable in the 90’s and 12 Jun 2017)

Brief Synopsis – Biographically retelling of the famous bank robbing couple of the 1930’s that made headlines as their escapades got more and more violent along the way.

My Take on it – This is a film that I saw years ago and didn’t remember so much about it besides the amazing chemistry between the two leads played by Warren Beatty and Faye Dunaway.

The two of them are perfect for these roles and we get a clear sense of the motivations of both of them in becoming part of the most notorious gang of bank robbers in the 1930’s.

The plot is presented really well and they show us how easily things can slowly escalate to a point where they get extremely violent and out of hand.

besides the two leads, the supporting cast is also superb with Gene Hackman, Michael J. Pollard and Estelle Parsons all doing amazing jobs here.

All 5 of the actors here were nominated for Oscars for their roles along with the film itself, Cinematography, writing, costumes and Director.

Despite being nominated for a total of ten Oscars, Parsons was the only one of the 5 who managed to walk home with a statue that year tho.

They also got an award for Cinematography.

It should also be noted that this film features the debut of Gene Wilder in a small role as a man who’s car is stolen by the gang of bank robbers.  The scene is quite a memorable one.

Bottom Line – The thing that makes this film so great is the chemistry between the two leads played by Beatty and Dunaway.  The way that the plot is presented works really well because we see how things can slowly escalate in situations like this until they get completely out of hand.  The supporting cast is just as good as the leads and its great seeing how Hackman, Parsons and Pollard each hold their own against the two powerhouse actors they are paired with.  All 5 of them got Oscar nominations for their roles, but only Parsons walked away with gold that year. Recommended!

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – Gene Hackman was on the set one day when he noticed a guy standing behind him and staring. The man said, “Hell, Buck would’ve never wore a hat like that.” Hackman turned around and looked at him and said, “Maybe not.” He looked like an old Texas farmer. The man introduced himself and said, “Nice to meet you – I’m one of the Barrows.” (From IMDB)

Rating – Globe Worthy

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4 thoughts on “Bonnie and Clyde (1967)

  1. I’m a bit shocked that you didn’t remember much more than the chemistry between the leads after your first viewing. I remembered everything! I saw it when it came out and probably a dozen times since. Own the DVD. A gem. This was all Beatty – who put the project together and fought for it all the way. Including after a screening when he realized that a sound mixer had dulled down the LOUDNESS of the gun shots (which he had specifically requested. He wanted each one to sound like a cannon shot). He went right to the editing room and made him put back the original sound EFX. Superb cast. Hackman went on to win 2 Oscars. Beatty also (but for producing and directing – REDS – not as an actor) and Faye Dunaway would win for NETWORK. This movie would land somewhere in my personal Top 25 of all time.

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