Bonnie and Clyde (1967)

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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 begins as Clyde (Beatty) tries to steal the car of Bonnie Parker (Faye Dunaway)'s mother. Bonnie is excited by Clyde's outlaw … More

Rating: R (for violence)
Genre: Drama, Action & Adventure, Classics
Directed By:
Written By: Robert Benton, David Newman
In Theaters:
On DVD: May 5, 2008
Runtime:
Warner Brothers/Seven Arts

Cast


as Clyde Barrow

as Buck Barrow

as Bonnie Parker

as Frank Hamer

as Ivan Moss

as Eugene Grizzard

as Velma Davis

as Grocery Store Owner

as Farmer

as Sheriff Smoot

as Bank customer

as Bonnie's mother

as Bank customer

as Bank guard

as Bonnie's sister
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Critic Reviews for Bonnie and Clyde

All Critics (51) | Top Critics (11)

[A] film ... destined to be among the year's most discussed, honored and profitable.

Full Review… | August 14, 2015
Hollywood Reporter
Top Critic

Bonnie and Clyde don't really know that killing kills. The film does -- unlike the run of movies about violence now, which mostly know that killing sells.

Full Review… | January 14, 2013
New Yorker
Top Critic

Bonnie and Clyde is the most excitingly American American movie since The Manchurian Candidate. The audience is alive to it.

Full Review… | August 30, 2012
New Yorker
Top Critic

Considered New Hollywood's moment of arrival, tipping square critic Bosley Crowther into retirement (The New York Times, they were a-changin').

Full Review… | November 12, 2008
Village Voice
Top Critic

Like Bonnie and Clyde themselves, the film rides off in all directions and ends up full of holes.

Full Review… | August 22, 2008
TIME Magazine
Top Critic

It's by far the least controlled of Penn's films... but the pieces work wonderfully well, propelled by what was then a very original acting style.

Full Review… | July 2, 2007
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

Audience Reviews for Bonnie and Clyde

Heavy on the French New Wave influences, this surprisingly modern film showcases a compelling, dysfunctional romance amidst a decent amount of generic, albeit well executed pulpy crime tropes.

Kevin Cookman
Kevin Cookman

Super Reviewer

½

Clyde Barrow: This here's Miss Bonnie Parker. I'm Clyde Barrow. We rob banks.†

"They're young. They're in love. They rob banks."

Bonnie and Clyde is a loosely made, American classic that tells the story of the two bank robbers from their first meeting to their ultimate peril. Sure there are some easy to spot errors and omissions, but this is a brilliantly made, fun, crime film. There's not much to complain about with this one. The movie is quick moving and never leaves Bonnie and Clyde. A lot of movies like this like to show a subplot where detectives, FbI, or whatever else scheme to find the bad guys. In Bonnie and Clyde, we don't see that; and I love it for that reason and many others.

Plot is kind of secondary here as the story is known. Meet Bonnie and Clyde, they rob banks. We watch as they tour the country, picking up C.W., Clyde's brother, Buck and his wife Blanche. Along the way, they rob and occasionally kill when they have to. The film makes us sympathize with Bonnie and Clyde. We see them with each other and how they act to each other. It makes us see their nice side, and that pretty much forces us to sympathize with their ultimate demise at the hands of some one they trusted.†

This movie works as well as it does for more than one reason, but the biggest is the chemistry between Warren Beatty and Faye Dunaway. The two are as perfect a bank robbing duo as you could hope for. Beatty is... well Beatty. So you know you're going to get a phenomenal performance from him. And Dunaway is the sexy, blonde that can win our hearts and she does it with amazing grace, turning in one of her most memorable roles as Bonnie. There's a good supporting cast as well with Gene Hackman, Michael J. Pollard, and Estelle Parsons rounding up the Barrow Gang.

The movie may be most notable for its depiction of violence. At the time, it was more than just groundbreaking; it was shocking. Now, we're used to being shown violence in over the top kind of ways and that makes watching this even more believable. The violence is depicted in a realistic way, making the movie more authentic because of it.

Needless to say, this is an absolute much watch. Watching Dunaway and Beatty as Bonnie and Clyde is fun, emotional, and a cinematic pleasure. I don't know how many movies there are out there that are about Bonnie and Clyde, but I haven't seen or heard about any, and there's a good reason for that. We don't need any.†

blkbomb
Melvin White

Super Reviewer

½

Telling the story of notorious armed robbers Bonnie Parker and Clyde Barrow, this Oscar nominated script was actually offered to both Truffaut and Godard, but even they could not have done a better job. Warren Beatty's awkward and impotent Clyde who sees himself as some kind of self styled Robin Hood is perfectly matched with Faye Dunaway's Bonnie, who sees him as a way out of her dreary small town existence. Their dysfunctional relationship is far more interesting than the usual Hollywood sappiness and there is plenty of warmth and humour as they cut a swathe through a wonderfully reconstructed depression era America, making their inevitably brutal demise all the more shocking and powerful. One of the best crime dramas of the sixties and the template for the likes of True Romance and Natural Born Killers. And Faye is surely a better cure for impotence than Viagra...

garyX
xGary Xx

Super Reviewer

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