The Highwaymen

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The Highwaymen depicts law enforcement's side of the Bonnie and Clyde manhunt -- a story that's unfortunately not quite as entertaining despite its marquee leads.

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Movie Info

Former Texas Rangers Frank Hamer and Maney Gault join forces to try and capture notorious outlaws Bonnie Parker and Clyde Barrow.

Cast & Crew

Kevin Costner
Frank Hamer
Kathy Bates
Governor Ma Ferguson
Kim Dickens
Gladys Hamer
Thomas Mann
Ted Hinton
W. Earl Brown
Ivy Methvin
Emily Brobst
Bonnie Parker
Edward Bossert
Clyde Barrow
David Furr
John Quinn
John Fusco
Screenwriter
Michael J. Malone
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John Lee Hancock
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Woody Harrelson
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Kevin Costner
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Rod Lake
Executive Producer
John Schwartzman
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Robert Frazen
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Critic Reviews for The Highwaymen

All Critics (139) | Top Critics (41) | Fresh (80) | Rotten (59)

  • A lot of why this works is because of [Kevin Costner and Woody Harrelson's] chemistry together.

    September 23, 2019 | Full Review…
  • Kevin Costner and Woody Harrelson on a mission to hunt down Bonnie and Clyde? It's a hard idea to hate, and this Netflix movie is easy enough to enjoy.

    April 12, 2019 | Full Review…
  • It's hardly an insult to acknowledge that The Highwaymen is no classic on the level of Bonnie and Clyde. But it is, in its way, the perfect corrective to Penn's film.

    April 2, 2019 | Full Review…
  • No film is ever going unseat Bonnie and Clyde as the "definitive" telling of the crime duo's exploits but The Highwaymen's different outlook makes it a worthy, if lesser, companion piece.

    March 31, 2019 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…
  • It's a little disconcerting watching a film that begs you to root for killer American cops in the era of Black Lives Matter.

    March 30, 2019 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
  • The narrative, occasionally, perhaps in a bid for authenticity, moves fitfully. But the ending is tense and Costner and co-star Woody Harrelson (as his former partner) enjoy a robust onscreen chemistry.

    March 29, 2019 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for The Highwaymen

  • May 07, 2019
    The film purposely stays close to the two men hunting Bonnie and Clyde, while the infamous gangsters remain nearly faceless phantoms up until the finale. While we barely hear or see about their crimes, the movie also fails to explain the common man's fascination with the couple, especially when the highwaymen are facing resentment during their investigations. That makes for an oddly shallow and one sided result. Unfortunately it's also pretty slow-paced. The chemistry between Costner and Harrelson is good, but the film doesn't make enough use of it. There have been tremendously exciting films about historic events you already knew how they ended. Sadly, this is not one of them.
    Jens S Super Reviewer
  • Apr 02, 2019
    Opportunity missed. Costner and Harrelson are decent as the cops dogging Bonnie & Clyde (and their buddy cop movie vibe carries the film) but the script steers clear of depth, goes for merely passing, merely getting by, and unfortunately achieves just that. To amp the desultory proceedings, the kids are portrayed as psychos - the easy way out. Now if only the pursuing lawmen were portrayed as psychos, then this would've had some bite. Que sera sera.
    Kevin M. W Super Reviewer

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