Bonnie and Clyde

1967, Drama/Crime, 1h 51m

65 Reviews 50,000+ Ratings

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A paradigm-shifting classic of American cinema, Bonnie and Clyde packs a punch whose power continues to reverberate through thrillers decades later. Read critic reviews

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Small-time crook Clyde Barrow (Warren Beatty) tries to steal a car and winds up with its owner's daughter, dissatisfied small-town girl Bonnie Parker (Faye Dunaway). Their crimes quickly spiral from petty theft to bank robbery, but tensions between the couple and the other members of their gang--hapless driver C.W. (Michael J. Pollard), Clyde's suave older brother Buck (Gene Hackman) and Buck's flibbertigibbet wife, Blanche (Estelle Parsons) --could destroy them all.

Cast & Crew

Warren Beatty
Clyde Barrow
Faye Dunaway
Bonnie Parker
Gene Hackman
Buck Barrow
Denver Pyle
Frank Hamer
Dub Taylor
Ivan Moss
Evans Evans
Velma Davis
Gene Wilder
Eugene Grizzard
James Stiver
Grocery store owner (uncredited)
Clyde Howdy
Deputy (uncredited)
Garry Goodgion
Billy (uncredited)
Ken Mayer
Sheriff Smoot (uncredited)
Lester Flatt
Original Music
Earl Scruggs
Original Music
Charles Strouse
Original Music
Mitch Murray
Original Music
Burnett Guffey
Cinematography
Dede Allen
Film Editing
Dean Tavoularis
Art Director
Raymond Paul
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Critic Reviews for Bonnie and Clyde

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  • Aug 17, 2020
    One of the funniest and most entertaining crime films I've ever seen!!
    Serge E Super Reviewer
  • Dec 07, 2013
    With new attention being drawn to the story, having spawned a History Channel miniseries, I thought it time to visit the acclaimed 1967 Bonnie and Clyde. Receiving large praise for its ingenuity and boldness, Arthur Penn's Bonnie and Clyde can rightly be called a classic. It's a film ahead of its time in approach, style, and execution. Watching Penn's Bonnie and Clyde, one might forget the way it redefined cinema for its time. This is a testament to how it has aged, being almost indistinguishable, and in many ways better, than modern films. The violence in this film is unflinching, not sanitized, but also not over-glamorized. The characterizations are surprisingly fresh and bold, casting two anti-heroes, both with deeply flawed personas and hints of even social taboos. The film progresses at a brisk pace, yet never feels rushed. Penn guides the narrative in a way that feels organic and engaging, giving us necessary back-story, but never feeling the need to pander. The hallmark of the film is the central performances from Warren Beatty and Fay Dunaway. Both have a palpable chemistry, and both bring an enormous amount of charisma to the screen. Dunaway is perfect as the lonely, thrill-seeking, and self-destructive Bonnie Parker, and Beatty is superb as the vulnerable, yet dogged Clyde Barrow. These performances are set against strong action scenes, and within a script that emphasizes the characters, never attempting to force-thrills. The one criticism of Penn's Bonnie and Clyde is the historical accuracy. To be sure, we expect liberties to be taken, and Penn's version is certainly more true than others, yet the film subscribes to some of the more dubious notions about the couple. The hints of Clyde's impotence, for example, seem to be a substitute for other questions regarding his sexuality, yet substance for this is lacking, with an actually and intense romantic relationship between the two being likely more accurate. A strong film overall, largely befitting its classic status. 4/5 Stars
    Jeffrey M Super Reviewer
  • Jun 18, 2013
    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 C Super Reviewer
  • Apr 14, 2012
    "Bonnie and Clyde" is a lot different than what I expected for it to be, and I guess that's a good thing. There's a lot to like about it. Sure, the editing and cinematography are a little off and Estelle Parsons is annoying as all god-given hell, but "Bonnie and Clyde" has this brutal and fast-paced nature to it that's just exhilarating. Warren Beatty and Faye Dunaway both give great performances, although Dunaway certainly does a better job, and Arthur Penn's direction is stylish and on-track. "Bonnie and Clyde" may be a little dated, but it's never boring.
    Stephen E Super Reviewer

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