1934. Young adults Bonnie Parker, a waitress, and Clyde Barrow, a criminal just released from prison, are immediately attracted to what the other represents for their life when they meet by chance in West Dallas, Texas. Bonnie is fascinated with Clyde's criminal past, and his matter-of-factness and bravado in talking about it. Clyde sees in Bonnie someone sympathetic to his goals. Although attracted to each other physically, a sexual relationship between the two has obstacles. They decide to join forces to embark on a life of crime, holding up whatever establishments, primarily banks, to make money and to have fun. They don't plan on hurting anyone or killing despite wielding loaded guns. They amass a small gang of willing accomplices, including C.W. Moss, a mechanic to fix whatever cars they steal which is important especially for their getaways, and Buck Barrow, one of Clyde's older brothers. The only reluctant tag-along is Buck's nervous wife, Blanche Barrow, a preacher's daughter....Written by
Warner Brothers had so little faith in the film that, in an unprecedented move, they offered first-time Producer Warren Beatty forty percent of the gross, instead of a minimal fee. The movie went on to gross over fifty million dollars. See more »
Bonnie and Clyde drive into a hay field (in 1933) and are surrounded by modern (for 1967) hay bales tied with twine. The type of hay baler needed to make these bales didn't come into use until the 1940s. See more »
For a long, long time this was a memorable film and one of my favorites. It was one of the first VHS tapes I bought. After a long hiatus, I bought the DVD, watched it again and - wow, it wasn't so hot anymore.
Oh, Warren Beatty, Faye Dunaway and Michael J. Pollard are still very good in their respective roles as Clyde, Bonnie and C.J. What annoyed me were the characters played by Gene Hackman and Estelle Parsons. Hackman has gone on to have a very distinguished career but he is just a stupid moron in here he's no fun to watch. However, it's a picnic watching him compared to listening to Parsons shrieking and screaming through her abrasive role. Those two ruin the film for me now.
I'll still have fond memories and I'll always remember the time I first saw this in the theaters when it came out. The violent ending caused quite a stir at that time. Nobody had seen blood and bullets on screen like that before. Now, it's commonplace....even tame compared to many of today's scenes!
This was another of those films that began in the '60s in which the bad guys were portrayed as the good guys and vice-versa. It's still highly-recommended for those who have never viewed it.
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