Bonnie And Clyde (1967)


Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBBB

USA, 1967.  Warner Brothers/Seven Arts, Tatira-Hiller Productions.  Screenplay by Cinematography by .  Produced by .  Music by .  Production Design by .  Costume Design by .  Film Editing by .    

Arthur Penn’s electrifying account of the famous criminal couple is still a ripping good film, and after years of endless gunfire in films it is quite amazing how shocking the violence still manages to be. (making his first film as producer) plays Clyde Barrow and a debuting  the gorgeous Bonnie Parker, the two of them taking off from their dusty little American town and ripping across the country robbing banks and murdering civilians.

They eventually get together quite a little band of criminals, including  as Clyde’s brother and a hilariously shrieky as Hackman’s wife. The gorgeous photography and scintillating editing by Dede Allen only further serve this very scary story about two people who are reprehensibly immoral but sympathetically human at the same time.

Much has been done to clean up the story and make the two of them more cinema-friendly, especially considering that many of the physical hardships of the duo’s spree is lightened up for the film and Barrow’s (alleged) bisexuality has been turned into impotence.

A more recent television movie that claimed to tell the “real” story of Bonnie and Clyde wasn’t nearly as successful, as it did not capture the spirit of the experience successfully whether it was more accurate or not.

Academy Awards:  Best Supporting Actress (Estelle Parsons); Best Cinematography
Nominations: Best Picture; Best Actor (Warren Beatty); Best Actress (Faye Dunaway); Best Supporting Actor (Gene Hackman); Best Supporting Actor (Michael J. Pollard); Best Director (Arthur Penn); Best Original Story and Screenplay; Best Costume Design

Golden Globe Award Nominations:  Best Picture-Drama; Best Actor-Drama (Warren Beatty); Best Actress-Drama (Faye Dunaway); Best Supporting Actor (Michael J. Pollard); Best Director (Arthur Penn); Best Screenplay


One thought on “Bonnie And Clyde (1967)

  1. A bit dated, but still very compelling in the way it actually develops Bonnie and Clyde, rather than just going by the legend they’re so known by. Good review.

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