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A somewhat romantized account of the career of the notoriously violent bank robbing couple and their gang. Studio: Warner Home Video Release Date: 09/26/2006 Starring: Faye Dunaway Warren Beatty Run time: 111 minutes Rating: R Director: Arthur Penn
One of the landmark films of the 1960s, Bonnie and Clyde changed the course of American cinema. Setting a milestone for screen violence that paved the way for Sam Peckinpah's The Wild Bunch, this exercise in mythologized biography should not be labeled as a bloodbath; as critic Pauline Kael wrote in her rave review, "it's the absence of sadism that throws the audience off balance." The film is more of a poetic ode to the Great Depression, starring the dream team of Warren Beatty and Faye Dunaway as the titular antiheroes, who barrel across the South and Midwest robbing banks with Clyde's brother Buck (Gene Hackman), Buck's frantic wife Blanche (Estelle Parsons), and their faithful accomplice C.W. Moss (the inimitable Michael J. Pollard). Bonnie and Clyde is an unforgettable classic that has lost none of its power since the 1967 release. --Jeff Shannon
- Faye Dunaway masterpiece
The acting is superb. It's the best thing about this movie. Faye Dunaway is sensational and so believable. Warren Beatty is also very good. The supporting cast does a great job too.
I don't like sad movies. But this one isn't really sad. We all know what happens to Bonnie and Clyde at the end, in that last memorable scene. But I just went to two wakes in the past week, two people who died of lingering diseases. I don't think Bonnie and Clyde went in a bad way. There was no suffering, no chemo, no worrying at the end, just a quick clean break, and off they go, back home, to where we all come from.
The happiest part of the movie occurs shortly before the final scene, when Clyde Barrow finally consummates their relationship, after being unable to do so, after giving up hope of ever experiencing physical love. Perhaps this scene was understated, and shouldn't have been. Perhaps it should have been more emotional. I don't know if showing emotion is Warren Beatty's forte.
The movie drags just a little bit at some points, is just about 15 minutes too long for my taste. I would have been a little more ruthless in the editing room. I wouldn't want anyone in the audience to feel for one moment that the story is starting to slow down.
In general, a really fine job, a movie not to be missed....more info
- Upgraded "Bonnie and Clyde" looks terrific in both Blu-ray and DVD editions
"This here's Miss Bonnie Parker. I'm Clyde Barrow. We rob banks"-Clyde Barrow (Warren Beatty) "I ain't no lover boy"- Beatty as Clyde Barrow to Bonnie Parker (Faye Dunaway).
"Bonnie and Clyde" looks better than a depression era robber baron in his finest clothes. The colors pop and while the images are a bit soft at times (due to the aging of the source materials), Warner has done a stellar job of cleaning up the film making a marked improvement over the previous DVD bare bones release from over a decade ago. Packed with some extra cool extras including a multi-part documentary on the making of the film, a documentary licensed from The History Channel on the real "Bonnie and Clyde", deleted scenes (sadly without dialogue because the soundtrack is missing)and wardrobe tests, this is one of the best jobs I've seen of a 60's classic reissued on DVD and Blu-ray.
He might not have been a "lover boy" but Warren Beatty as Clyde Barrow sure is pretty to look at on screen. Playing with his image as a pin-up, Beatty and the beautiful Faye Dunaway pull off their roles as Clyde Barrow and Bonnie Parker in Arthur Penn's "Bonnie and Clyde" despite their Hollywood looks. Penn has always been an adventurous filmmaker and his work with Beatty in "Mickey One" paid off with a solid, nuanced performance from Betty where others might have let the actor get away with a less thoughtful interpretation of the role. With "Bonnie and Clyde" Penn and Beatty (producer on the project) demonstrate a keen awareness of the French New Wave (originally director Francios Truffaut was approached to direct and its rumored that Jean Luc-Goddard the infant terrible of the New Wave movement was asked as well but his changes were so radical that he was rejected as a director for the film. Truffaut's most telling influence the elimination of Clyde Barrow's bisexuality in favor of making him impotent a choice that Penn also argued for when Beatty thought about going back to the original script by David Newman and Robert Benton) which influenced some of Penn's unusual visual choices for the film. The first time we meet Bonnie Parker we see only isolated close ups of her face as she puts on her make up and Penn gradually reveals the room as something less than the elegance that we might have expected from a Hollywood thriller like "Bonnie and Clyde". "Bonnie and Clyde" is notable for a shift with much more gruesome, violent sequences that Hollywood had seen before; in fact Penn claims that the sequence where Clyde shoots the manager of a bank in the face as he tries to stop their car was the very first time that a Hollywood film showed the shooter and the victim all in the same single shot. If that is so, it's a startling change that influenced the rest of Hollywood for good and bad over the course of the next forty some years.
Penn, Beatty, screenwriters Benton & Newman (and an uncredited Robert Towne who receives a "creative consultant" credit since he couldn't claim a writing credit for his work) do take some liberties with the story of bank robbers Barrow and Parker but in the interest of the drama those liberties work creating a film that examines the characters and the world of foreclosed mortgages, depression era poor people and the wealthy who just kept getting wealthier in fine detail. Featuring stellar support from actors Gene Hackman as Clyde's brother, Gene Wilder (in his film debut), Michael J. Pollard and Estelle Parsons, "Bonnie and Clyde" has aged gracefully. Penn's brilliant visual motifs stand up surprisingly well. They draw attention to the characters and saying as much with as little dialogue as possible. Even where the facts are skirted (such as the fact that Bonnie Parker was badly burned and had to be carried most places by Clyde Barrow after a car accident), there's a logical dramatic reason for doing so.
The Blu-ray looks stunning as well but fans should be aware of the age of the film as this doesn't look quite as stunning as a more contemporary film might. Nevertheless, my jaw dropped as I haven't seen a print look THIS good even when I worked at the UCLA archives or sat through the film for the first time in one of Howard Suber's classes on film genres.
Audio sounds quite good but, again, keep in mind the original soundtrack was recorded, mixed and mastered in mono as that was the standard when this film played in theaters. Interestingly enough, fans will probably hear a better sounding version here on the DVD than when it played in theaters. Warner had so little faith in the film that it was released to drive-in's and second tier theaters initially (they also offered Beatty nearly half of the domestic gross as his fee figuring the film wouldn't make a huge amount of money. Someone at Warner probably paid with their job for such a miscalculation).
This deluxe two disc edition treats this classic with the respect it deserves; special features producer Laurent Bouzereau was called in to create the featurettes for the two disc edition demonstrating how much love Warner was willing to give the film. Bouzereau does his usual top notch job here.
"Revolution: The Making of 'Bonnie and Clyde'" is a three part documentary that covers everything from the fights that director Penn had with his cinematographer for his unusual stylistic choices to the checkered history of the film's production.
"Love and Death: The Story of Bonnie and Clyde" has been licensed from the History Channel and gives fans of the film the REAL story of the couple which is a nice contrast to the reel one were given by Penn and Beatty.
Also included are two deleted scenes which I'm surprised have survived all this time. The clips are silent as the original audio recordings from the location have been lost but there are subtitles to give fans an idea of what is going on. ***
We also get to see Warren Beatty model clothes for us in the wardrobe tests.
One of Penn's finest films (along with "Night Moves", "The Miracle Worker" and his underrated oddity "The Missouri Breaks"), "Bonnie and Clyde" looks terrific in a remastered deluxe DVD edition. Fans will positively love the clean up job done on the video and while the audio doesn't sound much improved, it sounds as good as it's ever going to get. Highly recommended.
- a must have for the film buffs
A bargain at twice the price. This is a preview of the renegade filmmaking that would dominate the 70's and it is a must see. The extras are wonderful but it is the film itself that ranks as a masterpiece. Warren Beatty's first production effort shows he wasn't just a pretty boy anymore. ...more info
- Landmark of American Cinema
1967 was a watershed year for American film. The Best Picture nominees were "Bonnie and Clyde", "In the Heat of the Night", "The Graduate", "Guess Who's Coming To Dinner" and..."Dr. Doolittle". "In Cold Blood" wasn't nominated. "Bonnie and Clyde" was unlike any film that came before and that may account for it's spotty reception upon initial release. Is the film a treatise on the nature of violence? Is it a commentary on misguided hero worship? Whatever, it's a damn good movie. "Bonnie and Clyde" may not have influenced Peckinpah but it sure anticipated him. Director Arthur Penn does a terrific job of evoking the Great Depression, a time when it would be perfectly understandable for the mass public to embrace anti-social misfits like the Barrow Gang. Warren Beatty projects aw-shucks geniality as Clyde, a man who knows how to handle a six-shooter but shoots blanks in the bedroom. Faye Dunaway is sensuous as Bonnie, a waitress who joins Clyde not so much for altruistic reasons but more for thrill seeking. Terrific supporting cast includes Gene Hackman as Clyde's along for the ride brother, Buck, Estelle Parsons as Buck's highstrung wife, Blanche, and Michael J. Pollard as the lazy gaited mechanic who relishes the opportunity to rub elbows with notoriety. "Bonnie and Clyde" hasn't dated one iota from 1967 and is definitely deserving of it's status in the American Film Pantheon....more info
- Crime Doesn't Pay
The story line appears to have told the story of Bonnie and Clyde as it
really happened, i.e. how two average people can join together and make
a go of it. Still, regardless of how well they performed their chosen
field of endeavour it remains that it is a field not to be followed nor
encouraged since "Crime Doesn't Pay!"...more info
- A rare Gangster Film.
This movie was before the craze, mobster, super-gore film Pulp Fiction so I suppose it was almost impossible to suspect while being engrossed in Academy Award-like performances that such a horrendous fate would lie in wait for the characters of Bonnie and Clyde; Just as twistedly surprised as for the almost unsuspecting duo as well. The fates of all the ill fated characters in more traditional mob movies such as the very movie which set the bar for all others: The Godfather (Widescreen Edition) had a ticker for its characters and their ends, while shockingly delivered, were all part of the live by the gun die by the gun rule. But this film has you romantically envolved in its characters, to the point where villain and proctagonist are blurred and you wait for your tear-filled happy ending. The ending punishes you and dispells the step-by-step way about doing a Hollywood film. As brave as the legendary Director Stanley Kubrick in all his glory. A Glowing achievement for Warren Beaty and all responsible for this great movie....more info
- Love on the Run
This film is popular for its revolutionary use of violence. But if we're going to look deeper into the movie, we'll find that there's more heart in it than all the blood and bullets combined in the entire film. In one movie, it was able to combine all sorts of genre, from comedy to drama, to romance to thriller to road movie.
The strength of the movie is the relationship of Bonnie and Clyde itself. All of the scenes having to do with just the two of them are memorable notably their first encounter, the first time they tried to consummate their relationship after Clyde was moved by Bonnie's loyalty, Clyde searching for the missing Bonnie in the field and when he found her he told him heartbreakingly to not ever leave him again without saying anything, the first time they successfully consummated their relationship, and of course the finale where the final glance at each other sums up the impending doomed love story.
Faye Dunaway was perfection Her eyes were very expressive and she put so much charm, strength, and vulnerability to her character. And did I mention she's gorgeous after seeing this film I now regard her as one of the true beauties of Hollywood together with Michelle Pfeiffer, Grace Kelly, Sophia Loren, and Ingrid Bergman to name a few. Warren Beatty was ideal for the part He has a quality that makes us root for him. The chemistry of Beatty and Dunaway was superb. And of course the rest of the cast was memorable Gene Hackman, Michael J. Pollard and the screaming riot Estelle Parsons.
Grade: A...more info
- Time To Re-Evaluate this "Classic"
There is no denying that his film broke incredible new cinematic ground back in '67, but it has not aged well around the edges. This film lacks authenticity. I never believed once that the actors on screen were anything more than just actors. It reeks of a "Hollywood Movie." The acting is stilted and forced, and the faked "southern" accents are horrible. Unlike John Milius's "Dillinger" staring Warren Oates, there is a very synthetic feel to "Bonnie and Clyde". Perhaps it's the perfect looking lead actors, or the beautifully lit and composed cinematography that detracts from my suspension of disbelief. I am thankful though that this film helped clear the way for Sam Peckinpah's far superior "Wild Bunch." I fear that "Bonnie and Clyde" is held in such high regards, that people fear or refuse to truthfully re-evaluate the film with a more modern untainted, post earth shattering, '67 debut, sensibility. ...more info
- teaching children to be criminals
This is another 1960's film designed to subvert american values
and culture. Liberals, most notibly Warren Beatty, were
involved in the production of it. The message of the film is
that crime and violence against society is a great lifestyle.
Criminals are heroic figures while the police are an evil force
out to stop the "fun" of young people.
Liberals made films like this in the 1960s as part of an assault
by media on the foundations of freedom. Their attempts to build
communism had largely failed after the death of the socialist
Franklin Roosevelt. And after the movement collapsed in the
1950s, many of them took to promoting drugs and crime among the
young. The idea being that America could be prepared for
revolution if its young were turned into criminals running wild
rioting in the streets. This film was the real inspiration for
criminals like the weather underground, the SLA, the
Baider-Meinhoff gang in germany and numerous red brigade death
squads in europe.
The formula of the film was to pick two attractive leads and
then sell violence and crime for two hours in a slick advertising
package. Subvert the idea of love into a love of death and
make violent death an inevitable thing.
Better yet, package up the violence so that its "better than
real life". People say this film is more "realistic" in its
violence than previous hollywood films. Not true. There isn't
anything real about it because real violence is ugly and boring.
The film doesn't capture realism. It creates a new language of
stylized attractive violence for film.
Beatty revealed his true "colors" years later when he made the
openly pro-communist film "Reds". But he was working hard for
the cause when this film was made.
- Takin' A Ride With Bonnie And Clyde
They rode the dangerous way of life, taking a chance with every stride, she was young and she was pretty, the man was insane robbing every bank dry in the far away cities. Times were hard and times were rough, sometimes they had to kill for the money, there never was enough. The law was always on their tail, for they were following the road into hell. One day they never realized, and much to their surprise, they were waiting at the end of the line. - This would be the fatal day for Bonnie and Clyde. (a short story.) This special edition two disc dvd is a good one, remastered audio and video, excellent special features including interview's with the cast, most important of all, a History Channel documentary of the real Bonnie and Clyde, worth it for this alone, with some actual footage and rare photos of Clyde Barrow and Bonnie Parker. THE END...more info
- if only it wasn't based on real people
this would be a great movie if it weren't based on real people and real events. i simply cannot get past all of the inaccuracies (why is clyde killed outside of the car??!!) - even the details (why is bonnie blonde??!!)
if i hadn't read as much as i have on the real bonnie and clyde, i probably would have thoroughly enjoyed this movie as warren beatty and faye dunaway are amazing. it's also great to see gene wilder in a bit role.
it's a lot better than "dillinger", which i couldn't even finish watching it was so horribly inaccurate (although warren oates looked SO much like john dillinger).
i would recommend that people watch this movie before reading ANYTHING about bonnie and clyde so that they can fully enjoy it and it can pique their interest. it really is a good movie, just not enough like the real thing....more info
- What was so exciting long ago and seems a bit tarnished now
This movie was a cult movie of my college years. I saw it more than one time. I was taken with it without quite understanding 'why' and was too carried away with the general enthusiasm the people around me had for the movie.
Bonnie and Clyde are 'cool'. They are outlaws with style. Warren Beatty's inarticulate toughness, and the brash beauty of Faye Dunaway are 'fire'. This is a beautiful love story, with the reluctant shy Clyde wakened to manhood by the audacious and poetry- writing Bonnie. They rob banks with the assistance of a highly entertaining crew . There are highjinks and fun and yet great tension in the gang when things go wrong.
But above all there is the violence, the violence which has its climax in the Feds finishing off Bonnie and Clyde in the famed slow- motion scene where their car is riddled with hundreds of bullets.
A great part of the spirit of the movie is the banjo-music which speeds them on their capers.
Considering this movie with the distance of years I remember a certain unease which I felt with it. Too much violence and too much celebration of violence even when the good- bad guys Bonnie and Clyde are up to it.
This is a kind of movie I am unable to enjoy now. There is too much real violence in the world. The sight of fictional violence reminds of the horrible events which transpire in the real world.
And it raises in my mind a moral question, the question of whether it is right to take pleasure in such violence even if is only violence on the screen....more info
- Bonnie and Clyde DVD Review
Bonnie and Clyde is one of the finest American films ever made. The acting by everyone is outstanding, and in my opinion, Warren Beatty has given his best performance in this film. The dialog, music, cinematography, editing, etc., are all superb. I loved this film when I first saw it in 1967 and I still enjoy it even more on DVD. This is a timeless film....more info
- Good movie but many inaccuracies.
I hate to disagree with foks that said the two actors that played Bonnie and Clyde looked convincing, but Dunaway and Beatty were in actuality much older than the real Bonnie and Clyde and I have always felt, too old to play the character roles. Dunaway was 27 when she made the movie and Beatty was 30. The real Bonnie was 19 when she met Clyde, just out of high school the year before, and he was 20 and were 24 and 25 when they were killed. I guess those old photos just make them look older, or perhaps it was the way they dressed. But they were in fact what CW Mosses father said in the picture "just a couple of kids" Beatty and Dunaway were much older and more sophisticated than the real characters. Another character which was way off base was Blanche. I just finished reading "my life with Bonnie and Clyde" by Blanch Caldwell Barrow (a hell of a book and highly recommended) and she was a very attractive, once again a very young 21 year old girl when her and her husband Buck took off with her brother in law and Bonnie. She was nothing like the less than attractive and annoying character in the movie. The only other thing I had a problem with was Bonnies hair do. The real Bonnie was not blonde but a redhead and she did not wear her hair anything like Dunaways character. The hairstyles of the 30's were usually waves and very close to the head or bobbed. And if you really want to get technical, when Bonnie was killed she was wearing a red dress, red shoes and red hat, not white. Thats hollywood fo\r you I guess....more info
- Oh When Will a 2-Discs Set of this CLASSIC be available?
Warner Bros. is doing a magnificent job at releasing their classics in restore fashion on special feature laden DVD Special Editions, but why no Bonnie and Clyde, yet? Warren Beatty and Faye Dunaway should at least take a days worth of time out of their schedules and give their attention to the movie that put cemented their places in Hollywood (and if at all possible a SE of Network with a commentary from Dunaway would be great!!!!)....more info
- Models gone wild
For the first half of this film, it's just pretty to look at. Dunaway and Beatty are just too pretty for words even if the acting is questionable. I was amazed to find out that Estelle Parson won an Oscar for her portrayal of Blanche (the only member to live to a ripe old age.) Parson just runs around screaming--annoyingly so. Still the film manages to entertains and in the end that's all that counts....more info
- 3 stars out of 4
The Bottom Line:
Bonnie and Clyde was a cultural touchstone, but that does not make it a classic; while it is by no means a poor movie, it has a tendency to meander and does not resonate now the way it did in the 1960s....more info
- Re: teaching children to be criminals
Interesting points made regarding 60"s counter-culture movie making & this film. And I agree.
However, at the end of this film the "protagonists" are sprayed with bullets in a scene only matched by "The Godfather" when James Caan gets his at the toll-booth.
And on a personal note, I distinctly recall a childhood memory of watching this film at my grandmother's house on long-Island. At the end of the movie when the woman who was more or less tagging along with her husband and the bunch gets left alone in a room, permanantly blinded, and talking to herself I remarked that it was sad. To which my grandmother responded "crime DOES NOT PAY!" Which I believe to be the true lesson of the film....more info
- "Reach for the sky!" sweet-talkin' Clyde would holler...
"Bonnie and Clyde" is the correct answer to the trivia question: "What movie did CBS-TV air opposite the Billie Jean King/Bobby Riggs 'Battle of the Sexes' tennis match?" (King won, BTW.) "The Ballad of Bonnie and Clyde" was also a 1967 Top 40 pop hit for Little Georgie Fame (on EPIC records and 8-track tapes!).
Bonnie Parker and Clyde Barrow lived fast and died young and violently. Their final moments are the stuff of legend, and for anyone doubting the "hail of lead" scenario, I can only say that a LONG time ago, I saw the actual car that Parker was in essence executed in while Barrow caught a few dozen bullets as he stood nearby. You would not believe the number of holes that machine sustained!
This is one bloody darn picture, and not just at the end. For example, the fate of one Barrow gang member (Clyde's older brother Buck) shouldn't happen to a dog, as the saying goes. Every principal cast member gives here a stand-out performance. The story of a free-wheeling bank robber couple is fast-moving and at times positively gruesome. While director Arthur Penn does allow the blood to flow freely, he also chooses to gloss over the issue of Clyde's sexuality. A minor point.
Also from director Arthur Penn:
THE LEFT HANDED GUN (1958) is another take on the Billy the Kid story. With Paul Newman as William Bonney. Adapted from the Gore Vidal play.
THE CHASE (1966) is a prison break story set in a small Southern town. Stars Marlon Brando, Jane Fonda and Robert Redford.
THE MISSOURI BREAKS (1976) is a fine western featuring Jack Nicholson, Marlon Brando and Randy Quaid.
Parenthetical number preceding title is a 1 to 10 viewer poll rating found at a film resource website.
(8.1) Bonnie and Clyde (1967) - Warren Beatty/Faye Dunaway/Michael J. Pollard/Gene Hackman/Estelle Parsons/Denver Pyle/Dub Taylor/Evans Evans/Gene Wilder...more info
- A landmark it is...
My wife and I had decided that we would broaden our horizons and watch some films that got critical aclaim before our birth (and beings we were born in 85 we have a lot to choose from) so the first year we chose from was 67 and the first film we watched was Bonnie and Clyde. It's refered to as the landmark film of the 60's and I see why. As the first film to recieve an R rating (which is less than a PG-13 compaired to todays standards) it was one of the first films to showcase violence with bloody results. The story (loose as it may be) follows real life outlaws Bonnie and Clyde (played by Beaty and Dunaway) as they run from the law acompanied by a auto mech. C.W. (Pollard) and Clydes brother (Hackman in a roll that should have landed him an oscar) and his unwilling wife (played by Parsons in a roll I can't believe won her an oscar!) We see as they run from the law, but moreso we see as they grow as people in their relationships with one another and we see that what first attracted them to each other is what kept them going strong...this is seen when Bonnie and Clyde are lying in bed and Bonnie asks Clyde, if he could wake up a free man with no record, what would he do? He proceeds to say that he would do things differently, but as he elaborates you can see that his plan is still to be an outlaw. Bonnie turns away, obviously dissapointed, but she gives way to a smile, because this is the man she loves, and if he were any different she may not love him. I thought, for the time, everything was top notch. You cant compare this film, at least the acting and effects, to films of today for the caliber is not there. But, for shear story and production, Bonnie and Clyde was ahead of the times and desearved the praise it recieved. Faye Dunaway was brilliant and beautiful, and while Warren came off a bit stiff sometimes and Parsons was downright dreadfull, Hackman was brilliant and Beaty had his good scenes (like when he reads in the paper that he left his brother to die). What I also liked about the film was that, instead of playing Bonnie and Clyde as heartless criminals you can see how things really got blown out of perportion. You can see how they were linked to robberies they never commited mainly becuase there was no one else to accuse, and you can see how Bonnie starts to miss her mother deeply, and when she encounters her again you can read in her eyes the regret for starting her life in crime, especially when her mother says that she better keep running for if she were to stop she would be killed. Bonnie never intending all of this to happen, and for that matter, neither did Clyde, but one bad choice after another adds up, and the ending for Bonnie and Clyde was just as she predicted..."It's death for Bonnie and Clyde."...more info
- They're Young...They're In Love...They Kill People....
Bonnie and Clyde: The Ultimate Collector's Edition (Warner Home Video) gives us a chance to reexamine a classic film forty-one years after its initial release. If you're asking whether it's worth shelling out the money for this, the answer is a qualified "yes." Is it a "perfect package?" No, not by a long shot...no pun intended. My review will address the component parts of this product.
The film "Bonnie and Clyde" was released rather tepidly by Warner Brothers (which had been purchased by Seven Arts during post-production) in 1967. The film stands on its own (literally) in this box set, and unless improved picture quality is important to you, you would probably be satisfied with the earlier DVD issuance of the film.
Still, the film is astonishing enough. Unlike many 1960's films, it is ageless. "Bonnie and Clyde" is regarded by some reviewers as being one of two classic "anti-hero" films released that year ("The Graduate" being the other film). In case you haven't seen the film....
"Bonnie and Clyde" succeeded in reviving interest in the lives of two Depression-era outlaws, Clyde Barrow (1909-1934) and his girlfriend, Bonnie Parker (1910-1934). Skillfully combining some fact with quite a bit of fiction -- a device that's become commonplace in film -- "Bonnie and Clyde" boasts an outstanding cast. Warren Beatty, who also served as producer of the film, is Clyde -- a charming albeit criminal personality who is also impotent. Bonnie is portrayed by then newcomer Faye Dunaway as a tough young woman yearning for excitement even as she is frustrated by Clyde's lack of sexual interest or prowess ("You're advertising is just dandy," she tells Clyde in an early scene, "Folks would never guess you don't have a thing to sell."
The cast is rounded out by the always excellent Gene Hackman as Clyde's brother Buck alongside Oscar-winner Estelle Parsons as Blanche, his tightly-wound, unhappy and (portrayed rather shrewishly) wife. Michael J. Pollard portrays C.W. Moss -- the only fictional composite amongst the film version of the Barrow gang (he represents three of Clyde's real-life accomplices: Raymond Hamilton, W.D. Jones and Henry Methvin). Smaller roles feature Gene Wilder (his first film) and Evans Evans as a couple who are, in essence, kidnapped by the Barrow gang for a while and forced to accompany them until being released -- a slightly fictionalized incident that in real life involved Dillard Darby and Sophia Stone of Louisiana. Denver Pyle portrays Texas Ranger Frank Hamer and Dub Taylor portrays C.W.'s father. The film is directed by Arthur Penn.
One of the things that has always struck me about the film is the change in tempo and mood. The movie begins with Bonnie and Clyde flirting after Bonnie spies Clyde trying to steal her mother's car. There is the early comedic touch (Clyde trying to rob a bank that has failed). But then Clyde kills a bank teller during a bothched robbery, because C.W. has parked their getaway car and gets boxed in (a scene that goes from laughter to horror as effectively as the oft-mentioned scene in "Jaws" when Roy Scheider sees the shark for the first time aboard the Orca).
From that point on, the violence escalates and the comedic touches are gone. Instead, we are treated to various portents of what is to come. The Barrow gang escape their early shoot outs but then become increasingly bloody in subsequent engagements; dark clouds appear over a cornfield as Bonnie runs away from Clyde, missing her mother; Bonnie ejects the two captives (Wilder and Evans) after learning he is an undertaker -- death is now next to them. This culminates, of course, in the death ballet as Bonnie and Clyde are riddled with bullets.
I am sure others have commented on the historical inaccuracies in the film, but I'll mention a few:
* Bonnie and Clyde actually met at the home of a mutual friend in 1930, and Bonnie did not accompany Clyde on his criminal escapades until 1932.
* Contrary to the film depiction, Bonnie and Clyde seldom robbed banks. Most of their robberies involved small businesses.
* The motivation behind the formation of the Barrow gang was to perpetuate a raid on the Eastham Prison farm, where Barrow had been abused, and to free Raymond Hamilton.
* The most outrageous fictional event in the film, in my opinion, is the film incident where Clyde captures and humiliates Texas Ranger Frank Hamer -- who spits on Bonnie. In reality, Frank Hamer never met Bonnie and Clyde until May 23, 1934 when he was part of the posse that ambushed and killed them near Arcadia, Louisiana. Hamer had been hired as a special agent by the Texas Prison System, following Barrow's Eastham Prison raid, and he was assisted by five other men (B.F. "Manny" Gault, a former Texas Ranger colleague; Henderson Jordan and Prentiss Oakley from the Bienville Parish Sheriff's Office; and Robert Alcorn and Ted Hinton from the Dallas Sheriff's office).
The second disc in this edition is certainly worth the price of admission. There is a three part "Making of.../Marketing of" featurette with interviews of Beatty, Dunaway, Hackman, Parsons, Pollard, Evans, screenwriter Robert Benton (his co-writer, David Newman, is deceased), editor Dede Allen, director Arthur Penn...
While it has been noted by others that Benton and Newman's screenplay owed much to the French New Wave cinema and that they sought Francois Truffault's involvement (he passed, but mentioned the screenplay to Beatty), I was not aware that the original treatment included a menage-a-trois involving Clyde-Bonnie-C.W. This was dropped from the final screenplay at the suggestion of Arthur Penn.
I also was unaware (or had forgotten) that the film bombed on its first release, and that Beatty had taken over the publicity campaign and the film was re-released, garnering a rave review from Pauline Kael. It's a nice bit of film history....and Faye Dunaway still looks stunning!
The second disc also features the A&E documentary, "Love and Death: The story of Bonnie and Clyde." It is well done, and features comments from historians and Clyde's sister Marie -- who died just a few years ago.
There are two deleted scenes offered as an extra, both of them without an audio track. They're interesting but not essential and it is easy to see why each ended up on the cutting room floor. There is also a Warren Beatty wardrobe test.
There is a perfect bound "photo book" of stills from the movie, which is very nicely done. There is also a smaller "press book" which is a nice keepsake -- although some of the print is a tad small.
On the whole, I am happy I made the purchase. ...more info
- Beautiful, but misses a lot of the real story
As our nation teeters on the brink of what may be another Great Depression, it's poignant to look back on the last one. This movie was visually beautiful and artistically ground breaking, but the real story was much richer and darker.
They did not meet when Clyde was trying to steal Emma Parker's car; they met at a gathering of mutual friends and relatives when Bonnie was out of work.
Clyde was not gay or impotent, but an accomplished Cassanova who had serveral girlfriends, some serious, before he ever met Bonnie. Everyone who actually knew him testified to that. Also, banks were not his favorite target; convenience stores, gas stations, drug stores, and fruit stands were more his speed. He kept moving like a haunted man; when the owner got the death car back, she found he'd averaged 300 miles a day on the odometer. He was brutalized and sodomized at Eastham prison farm, and this experience gave him a mission he eventually carried out (which is not depicted in the movie): to go back and free as many cons as he could. It was the killing of a prison guard by a man he freed that set in motion the task force that would eventually ambush him. They never kidnapped or humiliated Frank Hammer, he never saw them till the day he helped kill them.
Clyde's gang was much bigger than the movie showed. C. W. Moss was a composite of W. D. Jones (a teenager who didn't drive as much as the movie showed), and Henry Methvin. Henry and his family would eventually betray Bonnie and Clyde in return for a plea bargain. We also don't see Raymond Hamilton, the gentleman bandit, or his unpopular girlfriend Mary O'Dare. It was she who was obnoxious and demanded a share of the loot, not Blanche. Hamilton was eventually captured and went to the Texas electric chair at 21, right after Joe Palmer who had killed the guard at Eastham. Ralph Fults, Floyd Hamilton, and many others are not mentioned in the movie. We also don't see Bonnie's limp from a horrendous burn in a car accident.
Blanche Barrow was much younger, slimmer, prettier and more charming than Estelle Parsons played her. She did wear riding breaches towards the end. In her memoirs there were two occasions where she pointed out to Clyde that people were acting funny, but he brushed her off. The gunfights at Platte City and Joplin could have been evaded if they'd listened to her. When Buck and Blanche went to meet Clyde, Buck had a full pardon and a paid-for car. If they'd left one day sooner, they could have died of old age together. Buck did not die at Dexfield, but five days later in a hospital, of infection following surgery. Blanche did time in prison where she wrote her memoirs, was eventually parolled, and remarried.
After Clyde got out of prison, and he did chop off two toes to escape Eastham farm duty, the Dallas police hassled him so frequently he couldn't hold a job. Clyde, Bonnie, Buck, and Blanche were slim, tiny people, and Clyde felt that this might be why there was so much violence around them, because they weren't taken seriously. Also there was no mention of the rabbit Bonnie got for her mother and carried around for a time. ("Keep him away from the police - he's been in two gunfights" when she handed him over)
The movie also didn't include the ghastly postmortem exam and embalming, the mobs at the funerals, and the harboring trial where even the moms got jail time. Bonnie's sister who nursed her burns, Henry Barrow the hard working ex-share cropper, and many other key figures were also absent. Faye Dunnaway did not look or dress at all like Bonnie. All in all, a warning of how NOT to cope with hard times.
My Life With Bonnie And Clyde Running With Bonnie and Clyde: The Ten Fast Years of Ralph Fults Depression Desperado: The Chronicle of Raymond Hamilton The Family Story of Bonnie and Clyde The true story of Bonnie & Clyde, (A Signet book, P-3437) Bonnie and Clyde: A Twenty-First-Century Update...more info
- Not a bad movie, but can we get a more authentic remake?
Some of the previous reviewers have already hit upon the historical errors, how Bonnie and Clyde met, Clyde killed outside the car, the real Bonnie being a rehead, the CW Moss composite character, the fact that they never met Hammer. One point I would like to bring up and that is that the movie failed to show Clyde's weapon of choice, the BAR or Browning Automatic Rifle. Clyde used it most of the time, as a Thompson machine gun fire couldn't penetrate a car like a BAR could. A BAR was also very loud and intimidating. Clyde even cut off part of the barrel and end stock so he could wield it with ease. Why the movie failed to show this was most likely a plain lack of research by the script writers.
The real story of Bonnie and Clyde should be the next blockbuster remake....more info
- Bonnie and Clyde
With its gritty outlook and unapologetic celebration of anti-authoritarianism, "Bonnie and Clyde" helped usher in the New Cinema of the 70s. Skittish about the film's violence, Warner Bros. almost soft-pedaled the movie's release into an early, anonymous grave, but producer/star Beatty fought to make sure audiences got their say--and of course, they loved it. In just her third film role, Dunaway captivated men and women alike, holding her own scene by scene with veteran star Beatty. Her costumes also set off a brief retro-twenties fashion craze. ...more info
- "but it's death for bonnie and clyde"
warren beatty(who also produced) and faye dunaway star as the title charters in this still haunting movie about being poor and wanting more than you can have. b&c both fit that mold,young and looking for more action than their lives were giving them.when they met it set in motion a chain of events that would take them to places they had never been but at a steap price.
while the film starts out as just two wild kids out for a good time and even a few laughs slowly you begin to see that the "game" they are playing is getting out of hand.with clyde's brother and wife in tow along with c.w. moss(buck'clyde's brother is played by gene hackman estele parsons plays buck's shrill wife and michael j. pollard is c.w.)the gang sets out to rob banks across the soutwest. the fun turns deadly after one of their hideouts is found and a shootout takes place. a policeman is killed and now the fun becomes a fight to stay alive. from this moment on the violeance is turned up and the humor of the movie is replaced with the grim truth that the people we are watching are doomed and we can do nothing to stop it.the shootout become blood things as cops and even buck and his wife are shot. the death of buck is one of the most heart breaking death you will ever see and hackman and parsons are stuning in their last few frames of film.
being shot and badly wounded them selves, bonnie and clyde hide out at c.w.'s fathers farm, which sets up the final shootout, an all out bloodbath that is shot in slow motion and leaves you just limp with saddness of the two lives that wre wasted .
a true classic and should be in everyones collection...more info
- Good Film Bad DVD!
This is an interesting film that attempts to tell the tale of the famous Depression era bank robbers the Barrow Gang with special focus on the founder members Clyde Barrow and Bonnie Parker. Although the gunfights are loud and rather graphic for the times, they pale in comparison with upcoming future films like "Shaft" and "Dirty Harry" and indeed when compared with most Westerns and even James Cagney gangster films. Interesting that people took notice and some even offence at the gun-related violence here when blonde and blue-eyed people are involved but when many, many more native American Indians are shot at and massacred in the old cowboy Westerns nobody seemed to raise even an eyebrow. Still this film has been named as an inspiration to later more graphic gun-related violence in films and the opening semi-nude scene with Dunaway probably inspired more graphic nudity in future scenes as well.
What starts out as a dare becomes for a couple of bored amoral Southerners a one way ticket to destruction. We become sympathetic with the characters though as we realise that killers or not, they are still human beings and at the end you are left wondering if what Hamer does isn't just a "legal" version of murder. There are a number of poignant scenes that stand out such as the Bonnie composed poem about Bonnie and Clyde which she so matter-of-factly ends with the knowledge of their eventual destruction and burial and the scene with Bonnie's mother when they realise that they can never go back to the way things were ever again.
Too bad this dvd version is so poor though as the picture quality is full of imperfections and the sound quality comes only in Mono not to mention the complete lack of any bonus features worth mentioning as well. I've not seen the Blu-ray release yet but I hope that these issues have been addressed.
This is a good adventure and although not a completely accurate tale of the life of Bonnie and Clyde is still fun to watch and is worthy of a place in your dvd library. However, this dvd version leaves much to be desired and you should look at getting the restored and improved version while giving this one a miss....more info
- Blu-ray is the way to go...
I'm not going to review the film, chances are you have already seen it and if not then there are plenty of glowing reviews to read over out there. Instead I'm going to review the Blu-ray Disc itself.
The transfer is glorious, the grain structure is intact as it was during Bonnie and Clyde's original theatrical run - thankfully Warners Bros have avoided using the grain removal techniques that other studios use on there Blu-ray Discs.
In short, Bonnie and Clyde has never looked better.
One area where Warner COULD have improved would to of included a better audio track than the lossy Dolby Digital track that is used here but that's a minor gripe and I'm just glad they did not convert it into a 5.1 soundtrack.
There are also numerous special features to watch over which makes this Blu-ray one heck of an evening killer!
To close, if you are a fan of the film then the Blu-ray Disc blows the DVD out of the water in terms of visual quality, this looks as good as it did when it was first screened in cinemas.
- A good crime movie with a great ending
This a very enjoyable film as long as you don't think too hard about it. It is your classic 70's campy feeling film about a couple of Brigands. (Its okay to take off and go on a crime spree because of the Great Depression and those nasty banks)But if you stop and think about it, the trail of destruction and death they left behind them, you sober up real fast. That is why I always like the ending with the ambush of these two. Frankly they deserved it in real life. Altogther a great cast and a great movie....more info
- ''We Rob Banks!''
This is one of those movies that I always wish i had never seen , Solely because I envy those seeing it for the first time . In the mid 6o,s this wonderfully crafted piece blasted on to our cinema screens , blowing away all prior images of the gangster genre (For a little while at least , We still go back to Caggers ,Bogie and Eddie G , for our infusions of escapist gangsterism ) This film has a little of everything in its portrayal of irresponsible ineptitude during a period where the public were led to believe in the faultless guile and practise of these supposed matinee idols . The movie constantly reminds us of our fallabilities and we end up loving the cast for them . the early opportunities to see the futures of the fabulous ''Two Genes'' , Hackman and Wilder reveal the talent spotters skills in promoting these to to the A list as the 60.s drew to a close . for many , me included Warren Beatty was never better , how many of us then adolescent were comforted by the fallabilities portrayed here along with his glamourous aspirations which thank god few followed to its extreme one has to believe !! Faye Dunaway , well this was her zenith to on reflection and how these two slipped thru the academy,s lists remains to me a puzzle yet to be completed . This collectors piece has everything the enthusiast could hope for in a collectors edition , fabulous . if I am forced to criticise , the actual packaging is not up to region 1 standard . After all US packagiung gives so much more added value that British releases normally this package could have been designed with a clipped budget perhaps ?? get this into your shopping basket now !! ...more info
- Perhaps the ultimate masterpiece from the 60s
This extremely original, milestone of a film still packs a wallop almost 40 years later. This is the kind of film that will force even the most casual film viewer to notice the acting, the direction, the script, the editing, the cinematography and the soundtrack. Everything that goes into master filmmaking was applied to this film. It is positively a work of art, and it's mighty influence is still being utilized in the new millineum. Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, and although many have copied, none have quite captured the uniqueness of Bonnie and Clyde.
The entire cast is brilliant, with Faye Dunaway's performance being one of the absolute best in the history of film. She is beyond incredible with this role and in a mistake free world, she would have won the Academy award that year.
High praise must go to director Arthur Penn. What this man created and accomplished with this film truly changed the art of filmmaking forever. I dare anyone to view this film and not be impressed with it's technical achievements, or, it's emotional impact. This is unquestionably a "must see" film for any student of filmmaking, or, for anyone whom appreciates an innovative film that succeeds on every level and remains a timeless film. Highly recommended, indeed....more info
- The most classic of classic movies
This is my favorite film of all time, and for good reason. Watching it again today, I realized that there is not one scene in Bonnie and Clyde that could have been cut. Every single scene is essential for character or plot development. This movie does not spell things out for you; it shows you things and lets you draw your own conclusions. Faye Dunaway and Warren Beatty's performances are simply incredible; so are everyone else's. There is not one bad actor in the batch, not even among the extras. The film has an authentic look: apparently it was filmed in towns where the real Bonnie and Clyde visited some thirty years earlier. Criminals can feel and love and laugh and hurt too, just as much as any law-abiding person, and this movie will remind you of that. You will be as frustrated with Blanche as Bonnie is; you will grin tolerantly at Buck's milk joke; you will gasp at the carnage and feel your heart soften at the naive sweetness of C.W. Moss.
This is a must-see movie for anyone who enjoys good acting, plotting, filming, editing, scripting, music and scenery. One of the best films ever made....more info
- Love the photogenic quality
the photo quality of this movies blows me away - it's superb!!! Of course it helps when you have two fine actors - great movie!!!!!!!!...more info
- CLASSIC AMERICAN CINEMA. BEST PRESENTATION
THE GREAT THING ABOUT BLU RAYS IS THAT: THEY CAN'T LOOK BETTER.
SO IF YOU DON'T OWN THIS MOVIE ON DVD AND WANT TO HAVE IT. BUY IT ON BLU RAY. IT'S THE BEST OPTION.
ONE OF THE MOST SHOCKING MOVIES OF THE 60s AND A GREAT CLASSIC....more info
- This Movie Fails As A "Dark Comedy " or Drama!!!
This movie was frst canned by the critics when it was released. Then Warren Beatty got his publicity machine rolling and Lo and Behold all of the critics then thought it was a so called "Masterpiece".This movie is neither "fish nor fowl" as it fails as both a Comedy and a Drama. Warren Beatty plays Cyde Barrow in this movie who is sadly impotent most of the time. In real life he does not have this problem from what I have read about his numerous sexual exploits.Perhaps he should have devoted as much time and energy in making this film as he does in seducing women in Hollywood. I give this movie 5 stars because I have always liked Ms. Dunaway although she has appeared in much better movies than this one....more info
- This film transformed Hollywood, and launched a dozen or so major careers.
One morning, as she wakes up, Bonnie Parker (Faye Dunaway) notices that a man is trying to subtly break into her car. She quickly dresses up and runs down. The man looks up at her embarrassed and we are than revealed Clyde Barrow (Warren Beatty). The two of them go for a walk down the road but when Clyde tells Bonnie that he is a robber, she doesn't believe him. So, he decides to prove to her that he isn't lying and robs a small grocery shop right away. As soon as he exits the store, he shows Bonnie the money and they escape in a car that they steal. And so begins an adventure they will never forget.
This film is what I would consider to be, the movie that let loose violence in cinema. Arthur Penn's based on a true story classic of violence, sexuality, and crime, was excellent thirty-two years ago when it first came out, is excellent today, and will be excellent for decades to come. Plus, it is one of those rare movies that are at the same time a landmark for cinema history as well as a true classic for more than just its landmark aspect. This movie earned five nominations only for acting and won best supporting-actress for Estelle Parsons.
"Bonnie and Clyde" is beautifully acted and expertly directed. After "Bonnie and Clyde", Arthur Penn directed some other good movies such as "Little big man" but as good as they were all, none ever equaled "Bonnie and Clyde". If you haven't seen it yet, you should put it first on your "Next movies to watch" list.
- Announced details for The Ultimate Collector's Edition available for a limited time starting March 25th, 2008
Warner Home Video is releasing a newly remastered transfer of Bonnie and Clyde in several editions, including an Ultimate edition with some special extras for collectors. The new transfer has been made from the "original elements," meaning original negatives, original prints, or the like.
The Ultimate edition will be on standard DVD. There will also be a standard DVD Special Edition, and Blu-ray and HD editions. All will share the following special features:
-- the full-length History Channel documentary about the real Bonnie and Clyde called "Love and Death: The Story of Bonnie and Clyde"
-- a new three-part documentary about the making and releasing of the film and its relation to the real Bonnie and Clyde: "Bonnie and Clyde's Gang," "The Reality and Myth of Bonnie and Clyde," and "Releasing Bonnie and Clyde"
-- two newly discovered deleted scenes
-- two trailers
-- Warren Beatty's wardrobe tests
In addition, the Ultimate Collector's Edition will include these non-DVD extras:
-- a 36-page hard-cover book of behind-the-scenes photos
-- a 24-page reproduction of the press book for the original 1967 release
-- a mail-in offer for a poster
The artwork I've seen for the HD and Blu-ray releases doesn't show all the non-DVD materials included in the artwork for the Ultimate edition, so it appears for now that the Ultimate extras will only be available with standard DVDs. I see no pages at Amazon for an HD or Blu-ray Ultimate edition, and none was announced.
However, according to Amazon, the HD and Blu-ray editions will include as a "high-def exclusive" a 34-page hardcover book with a detailed production history, star/director filmographies and rare archival behind-the-scenes photos. That sounds a lot like the 36-page book for the Ultimate edition, possibly leaving as the main differences the press book and poster offer.
The Ultimate edition will reportedly only be available for a limited time. Amazon is taking pre-orders here.
No commentary was announced, so I wouldn't call this an "ultimate" edition myself, but maybe the making-of features will partially make up for the lack of commentary.
The movie is a classic, but there are already plenty of helpful reviews about that here ....
(You can find the announcement of this info, with larger photos of the Ultimate and other editions, at dvdactive, dvdtimes and other sites--just do a web search for "bonnie and clyde" plus "ultimate collector's edition." Amazon apparently doesn't allow external links in reviews.)...more info
- A Great Movie...But....
As a movie alone it's great.Plenty of action. But if your looking for true facts about Bonnie & Clyde, go buy a biography dvd. I read a book that was written by Buck Barrow's wife Blanche - called "My Life With Bonnie & Clyde" [ an excellent read ], and in it she says that the movie is anything but the true story of Bonnie & Clyde...and it is so vey inaccurate historically. As for an example, the scene where B & C capture Texas Ranger Frank Hamer and humiliate him...Blanche says that never happened. In fact, the only time Hamer ever saw B & C was when he and 5 other law men killed them in Louisiana. But, I guess thats Hollywood for ya. Always stretching the truth to the max. ...more info