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Bonnie & Clyde: The True Story (1992)

Bonnie Parker is estranged from her husband while still only just barely eighteen. Clyde Barrow, a handsome charmer who is in love with Bonnie, is a small-time thief, 'borrowing' cars to ... See full summary »

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Bonnie Parker is estranged from her husband while still only just barely eighteen. Clyde Barrow, a handsome charmer who is in love with Bonnie, is a small-time thief, 'borrowing' cars to teach Bonnie to drive. He falls in with WD Jones, and their crime levels quickly rise. Soon Bonnie is dragged in with them, due to her love for Clyde, and within a short space of time, everyone is baying for the blood of Bonnie and Clyde. Written by Liz Jordan <c9310494@alinga.newcastle.edu.au>, RavenGlamDVDCollector, ElectricLadyLand

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At 5' 11" Tracey Needham is a full foot taller than the diminutive Bonnie Parker. See more »

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When Ted Hinton and the other officers kill Bonnie and Clyde, his face is covered with insect bites from spending the night outside. Minutes later when the car is being towed into town, the insect bites are gone. See more »

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18 July 2015 | by (Ohio/PA border) – See all my reviews

Released to TV in 1992, "Bonnie and Clyde: The True Story" stars Tracey Needham and Dana Ashbrook in the titular roles chronicling the criminal exploits of the duo and their equally simpleton associates from 1930-1934. Their crime spree comprised the last two years before their sudden executions. Billy Morrissette plays Clyde's main accomplice W.D. Jones while Michael Bowen & Michelle Joyner play Buck & Blanche, Clyde's brother and sister-in-law. Betty Buckley and Louanne Stephens are also on hand as the mothers of the duo with Doug Savant as the sheriff who tracks 'em down.

While this version is more accurate than the 1967 film with Warren Beatty and Faye Dunaway, it lacks the gloss and style of that more popular rendition. Furthermore, it still deviates from the facts in some ways. Characters and events are combined due to the short runtime. For instance, W. D. Jones and Henry Methvin are combined into the character played by Morrissette, W.D., obviously to limit the size of the gang to five for dramatic purposes. While the way Bonnie and Clyde are portrayed in this version is more appropriate than the glamor of Beatty and Dunaway, particularly their ages, the actors are still way too tall for the parts. Bonnie was barely 5' feet tall and Clyde was only 5'6". In the movie Bonnie (Needham) is 5'11" and Clyde (Ashbrook) is 6'. In addition, Clyde walked with a limp because he needlessly cut off his big toe in prison and seriously injured the other one to get out of hard labor. I say needless because he was released early a mere week later. The fact that Barrow was willing to mutilate his body to avoid labor (or to be transferred to another facility, whatever the case) shows how desperate, impulsive and dimwitted he was as a person. Also, Bonnie never fully recovered from her severe leg wounds after being trapped in a burning vehicle. She either had to be carried or walked with a limp until her death.

Speaking of which, this version scores points for depicting important events that were conspicuously omitted from the 1967 movie, such as the stoo-pid accident that resulted in Bonnie's injury and the brutal shooting of two law enforcement officers by Clyde and W.D. at a dance in Oklahoma. Many other events are accurate, like the ending of Bonnie's relationship with her husband, Roy Thornton, whom she actually never officially divorced; the initial meeting of Bonnie and Clyde in 1930 at Clarence Clay's house and the sparks thereof; Clyde's victimization in prison (where he used a lead pipe to crush the skull of his molester, which was Clyde's first killing, albeit justified); and the execution of Bonnie & Clyde and the aftermath.

With a historical TV movie like this, I ask myself: Do the script and the actors bring me into the world of the characters? While the film starts out slow to establish the main players, the answer is a resounding yes. Although Needham and Clyde are way too tall for the roles and Needham in particular lacks the semi-sinister look of Bonnie, they deliver the goods. Not to mention, Billy Morrissette's outstanding performance as W.D., who was merely 16 during the crime spree.

The movie runs 93 minutes and was shot entirely in Texas.

GRADE: B+


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