The outlaws made headlines. The lawmen made history. From director John Lee Hancock (The Blind Side), THE HIGHWAYMEN follows the untold story of the legendary detectives who brought down Bonnie and Clyde. When the full force of the FBI and the latest forensic technology aren't enough to capture the nation's most notorious criminals, two former Texas Rangers (Kevin Costner and Woody Harrelson) must rely on their gut instincts and old school skills to get the job done.Written by
A scene from the trailer does not appear in full in the finished cut of the film. Kevin Costner's character says to Woody Harrelson's character that he hasn't even packed to which he produces his toothbrush. This scene appears in the final cut but a condensed version of it. See more »
In some of the stakeout scenes, Hamer appears to be eating pistachio nuts, the tan shells piling up outside the car. Pistachios were available in the U.S. in the '30s, usually in penny gumball-type vending machines, but they were nearly always dyed red to mask imperfections. Undyed pistachios weren't common in this country until domestic production took off in the late '70s. See more »
[Describing his son, Clyde Barrow, as a child and youngster]
You know, he wasn't always a bad boy. I had high hopes.
People don't always know who they are... 'til it's too late.
Oh, you mean one turn on the trail, huh? That what you mean? He stole a chicken... and the law took him for bad seed. And from that day forward he was dogged by the law.
Dogged him or watched him?
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During the first part of the closing credits, photos are shown of the real people and scenes portrayed. See more »
Bass Man Jive
Written by Cecil Mullins
Performed by Ocie Stockard and His Wanderers
Courtesy of Epic Records
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The other side of the isle
This story is told from the other perspective that we are used to see. Two aged, recommissioned(or, actually half-recommissioned) Texas Rangers take on Bonny and Clyde and hunt them in the end using same tactics that B&C used to kill lawmen. The tempo is slow at the beginning and builds up gradually until the climax. The sedate style of storytelling is intentional to give it a more realistic feel. The director Mr. Hancock achieves that masterfully! Set-design is excellent! Camerawork follows the happenings from the perspective of Pancho and Manny, and you get a clear idea of what they are facing while dealing with such criminals. There are some intense moments that will keep you on the edges of your seats!
Finally, the acting. Superb! A plus straightaway! The screen chemistry of Costner and Harrelson works like magic, and their banter wont let you feel that you are actually watching a hunting party involving some deep criminals. The last scene is simply impeccable! I'd say its a solid eight-outta-ten!
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