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Bonnie and Clyde

1967 movie starring Warren Beatty and Faye Dunaway

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Take a rip-roaring two hour excursion with Bonnie Parker and Clyde Barrow.

  • Jan 23, 2010
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Frankly. it had been about 30 years since I had seen "Bonnie and Clyde".  I had fond recollections of this film as one of my favorite flicks of the 1960's.  This past week I had some time on my hands and some money and a coupon in my pocket so I stopped at Borders looking for a movie to buy.  As soon as I came across the "Two-Disc Special Edition" of "Bonnie and Clyde" I was sold.  My memory did not fail me as all these years later I found "Bonnie and Clyde" to be every bit as entertaining as I did when I first saw it as a teenager.

Clyde Barrow (Warren Beatty) is a daring young ex-con who meets up with Bonnie Parker (Faye Dunaway) in a nondescript Texas town.  The year was1930.  Bonnie and Clyde are young and restless and quite spontaneously decide to embark on a life of crime together.  They would rob banks.  A short time later the pair made the acquaintance of a quirky young man named C.W. Moss (Michael J. Pollard) and took him on as their driver.  The gang figured that robbing banks in these hick towns would be easy pickins'.  But things didn't quite go as planned and soon the trio would be wanted for the cold-blooded murder of a bank manager.  Under hot pursuit by law enforcement officials from five states including a tenacious Texas Ranger named Frank Hamer (Denver Pyle) Bonnie and Clyde would continue their wave of murder and mayhem for the next two years. Time and again the gang managed to elude capture.  Soon Clyde's brother Buck (Gene Hackman) and his wife Blanche (Estelle Parsons) arrive on the scene and join the gang.  Blanche is a whining, whimpering daughter of a preacher.  Blanche and Bonnie cannot stand each other and the tension between them is fascinating to watch for the remainder of the picture.  

There is a truly poignant moment in "Bonnie and Clyde" when Bonnie, frightened and angry, runs away from Clyde through a field of wheat.  Coincidentally as he pursues her a cloud sweeps across the field and shadows them.  Seen in a high, wide-angle shot it is one of those moments of serendipity given to few movies. These days that image could be generated by a computer but on that day in 1967 when the scene was filmed in Texas it was a perfectly timed accident of nature.  But ultimately Bonnie and Clyde were doomed and they knew it.  They were among "America's Most Wanted" and they understood that it was only a matter of time before the authorities would catch up with them.  They knew they were going to die. There is a another touching scene late in the film where Bonnie writes a poem about Clyde.  In her writing Bonnie has essentially captured the essence of their rather unusual relationship.  For one fleeting moment we get to see another softer side of Bonnie and Clyde.  

In 1992 "Bonnie and Clyde" was selected for preservation in the United States National Film Registry by the Library of Congress as being "culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant."
The beautifully remastered "Two Disc Special Edition" of "Bonnie and Clyde" released in 2008 is simply dazzling.  For me seeing the remastered version of the film was almost like seeing it for the very first time.  The colors are crisp and clean and the sound quality superb.  Also, I would be remiss if I failed to make mention of the use of Flatt & Scruggs legendary bluegrass tune "Foggy Mountain Breakdown" at key points throughout this film.  It captured the mood of the period perfectly and would introduce a whole new generation to the joys of bluegrass music.  But do not get the wrong idea.  "Bonnie and  Clyde" is an extremely violent film.  Also, be aware of the fact that an awful lot of artistic license was taken by director Arthur Penn and producer Warren Beatty in the making of this film.   Two generations later "Bonnie and Clyde" remains a great American movie.  If you are a guy who has never seen "Bonnie and Clyde" I urge you to give it a look.  While this is definitely a guy film women can enjoy it as well. The story of "Bonnie and Clyde" is the unusual juxtaposition of comedy and violence. It is a  groundbreaking movie on a great many levels.    Highly recommended! 
 

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February 08, 2010
I always love these kind of movies. Nice job
 
January 23, 2010
There's been talk for a couple of years now that Hilary Duff is going to play Bonnie in a remake of the movie. She looks like a young Faye Dunaway.
 
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Depression-era drifters Clyde Barrow (Warren Beatty) and Bonnie Parker (Faye Dunaway) embark on a life of crime. They crave adventure – and each other. Nothing in film history has prepared us for the cascading violence to follow. We learn they can be hurt – and dread they can be killed. The vivid title-role performances get superb support from Michael J. Pollard, Gene Hackman and Estelle Parsons, 1967 Best Supporting Actress Academy AwardÒ winner. Director Arthur Penn keeps the film’s tone tough but never cruel. It continually dazzles, especially in the work of cinematographer Burnett Guffey (winner of the film’s second OscarÒ) and editor Dede Allen. Generations later, it’s still a thunderous, thrilling ride. DISC 1: MOVIE Digitally Remastered for High-Impact Home Viewing Brilliance from Restored Original Film and Audio Elements • Theatrical Trailers Subtitles: English, Français & Korean (Main Feature. Bonus Material/Trailer May Not Be Subtitled.). DISC 2: SPECIAL FEATURES Additional Scenes • New 40th-Anniversary Commemorative Documentary in 3 Parts: Revolution! The Making of Bonnie and Clyde • The History ChannelÒ Documentary Love and Death: The Story of Bonnie and Clyde • Warren Beatty Wardrobe Tests.
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Director: Arthur Penn
Genre: Drama, Action, Adventure
Release Date: August 13, 1967
MPAA Rating: R
Screen Writer: David Newman
DVD Release Date: March 25, 2008
Runtime: 1hr 51min
Studio: Warner Home Video
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