Bonnie and Clyde

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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.

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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

Warren Beatty
as Clyde Barrow
Faye Dunaway
as Bonnie Parker
Gene Hackman
as Buck Barrow
Denver Pyle
as Frank Hamer
Dub Taylor
as Ivan Moss
Gene Wilder
as Eugene Grizzard
Evans Evans
as Velma Davis
James Stiver
as Grocery Store Owner
Joe Spratt
as Farmer
Ken Mayer
as Sheriff Smoot
Martha Adcock
as Bank customer
Mabel Cavitt
as Bonnie's mother
Sadie French
as Bank customer
Russ Marker
as Bank guard
Ann Palmer
as Bonnie's sister
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Critic Reviews for Bonnie and Clyde

All Critics (64) | Top Critics (12) | Fresh (56) | Rotten (8)

  • A hybrid, an ambivalence, an alternation of achievements and collapses, an attempt to have both ways something not clearly enough seen in either.

    August 10, 2016 | Full Review…
  • Destined to be among the year's most discussed, honored and profitable.

    August 14, 2015 | Full Review…
  • 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.

    January 14, 2013 | Full Review…
  • Bonnie and Clyde is the most excitingly American American movie since The Manchurian Candidate. The audience is alive to it.

    August 30, 2012 | Full Review…
  • Considered New Hollywood's moment of arrival, tipping square critic Bosley Crowther into retirement (The New York Times, they were a-changin').

    November 12, 2008 | Full Review…
  • Like Bonnie and Clyde themselves, the film rides off in all directions and ends up full of holes.

    August 22, 2008 | Full Review…
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Audience Reviews for Bonnie and Clyde

  • 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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