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Bonnie & Clyde: Machine-gun Blasts of Talent!
I'd seen bit and snippets, but never the entire film until recently. That's when Clyde (Beatty) and Bonnie (Dunaway) tear it up! The story's two main characters are lost...until they find each other. There is something about being happily miserable with someone else that beats being happily miserable alone. The acts of crime are secondary to their constant attempt to lighten up and love each other. And just when they do, they have to pick up and run again. And again. And again. Gene Hackman eats up the screen as Clyde's brother as does his co-star who won an Oscar for playing his neurotic wife. Gene Wilder is in here as a kidnapped undertaker who they quickly unload upon finding out his profession. The actor who plays the getaway driver is quirky and crazy. Denver Pyle is relentless as the Sheriff on their tail. And the last look Bonnie and Clyde share before their eventual end is like a second, but feels like a lifetime. Really good flick.
BONNIE AND CLYDE , THE HOLLYWOOD LEGEND
Highly Over Rated as a Ground Breaking film that set a new standard in violence on screen? Bull. Has nobody seen Public Enemy, White Heat, The Wild Bunch, or The Fighting Sixty Ninth? ( True, a war film but , shows the horrors of senseless war) or LEWIS MILESTONES masterpiece ALL QUIET ON THE WESTERN FRONT. What it Did do was make cult anti heroes out of two of the worst criminals of the 1930s. I remember when this film came out,it was disgusting . Bonnie and Clyde clothing, records ( songs) and would you believe pillows! It was, to be fare a very well made Hollywood action movie in the tradition of ( film the legend, not history). The End came pretty close to the truth. They were shot to pieces, which is what they had coming to them.
Bonnie and Clyde
Overall-3 1/2 out of 5Lead Performers-4/5Supporting Cast-4/5Director-3/5Score-3/5Screenplay-3/5Cinematography-4/5Importance-4/5Recommendation for fans of the genre-3 1/2 out of 5
A high-brow sow, but no lipstick here
- Jeff Boston
The Barrow character is real, he always has a piece on him, and he sticks with his schtick. Like Barrow, this film is a real piece of schtick. The profound Parker line "I thought we were goin' somewhere, but this is it - we're just goin'" is almost as good as when old man Moss declares his distaste for his offspring's "body art". The two lines speak of the hirsute hippie movement (with the tattoo subbing for long hair). This film does as well. In fact, it speaks more of the late 60's (with the growing death rate in Vietnam, mocking of authority, hooliganism, etc) than it does the early 30's.
The One That Raised The Bar
- Bruce Reber
"Bonnie and Clyde" set a new standard for crime films in 1967, with its scenes of intense violence that had never before been seen in American film. This somewhat fictionalized account of Depression-Era bank robbers Clyde Barrow and Bonnie Parker earned Oscar nominations for all five of the stars; Warren Beatty (Best Actor), Faye Dunaway (Best Actress), Gene Hackman and Michael J. Pollard (both for Best Supporting Actor), and Estelle Parsons (Best Supporting Actress), who was the only one who won, for her fine performance as Blanche. BAC also depicts the sexual tension between Bonnie and Clyde (its implied that he's either impotent and/or a latent homsexual), and she's poor white trash who's never been in a meaningful relationship with a man. The final scene when Bonnie and Clyde are ambushed by machine gun fire is one of the most visually graphic death scenes in film history. Hackman and Parsons co-starred three years later in "I Never Sang For My Father", and Hackman would win a Best Actor Oscar for "The French Connection" (1971). Beatty's career soared in the 70's, i.e. "McCabe and Mrs. Miller", "$(Dollars)", "The Parallax View", "Shampoo" and "Heaven Can Wait".
Bonnie & Clyde
- Dashiell B.
One of the films that literally revolutionized film in terms of narrative structure, sex & violence. The film shows a more sympathetic look at the lives of real-life bank robbers, Clyde Barrow & Bonnie Parker. Beatty & Dunaway, more good-looking than the real people they played, are excellent in performances that earned them nominations; Pollard & Hackman were nominated for their supporting performances, but Parsons was the only performer to win an Oscar. As mentioned; the film was ground-breaking in terms of sex & violence, which greatly interested the counter-culture audiences. An energetic look at the affects of violence on individuals. I give it a 5/5.
Bonnie and Clyde (1967)
- Mr. Blandings
Historically inaccurate gore-fest that was not so much "ground breaking" as it was the herald of the downfall of American classic film. After this, movies would spiral into the cheap, gritty junk of the seventies, with its sub-par acting overcompensated by excessive violence. The one shining light in this dull film with the "shock climax" is Gene Wilder.
Good movie, lots of action
I remember the controversy in 1968 when it was released, but compared to contemporary movies of today, it is not nearly as bloody as the Godfather, nor is as good in any respect. Still it is a very good movie for an evening of escapism. The interesting part is about the sexual relationship between Bonnie and Clyde, which implies he was very inexperienced.
I wrote a criticism of this movie back in 1982 for a film criticism class at UNC CHapel Hill. I have always loved the movie, and the interesting and jolting way the fun and laughs are juxtaposed with violence and blood.Somehow Penn and the actors, with a great script and cinematography, pulled off how to make us love these two attractive killers. we are mesmerized with their ride, and somehow we know it can't end well. But we enjoy the journey anyway.Ms Parsons is excellent in her supporting role. A well deserved Oscar. She often provides comic relief, but then pulls on our heart when her husband is mortally wounded, and especially in her final sequence unwittingly giving information to the sheriff while her eyes are covered with bandages. Her moaning is and crying is devastating.Gory, violent, but at the same time a folk tale with sexual tension woven in along the way. works on many levels. a real gem.
Good Afternoon, We're the Barrow Gang !
One of the best gangster films ever made. Ranks up there with THE GODFATHER and the best work of James Cagney and Humphrey Bogart. A definite classic. Even thought this film isn't quite historically accurate, it is a must see. This is the definitive film about the Barrow Gang.Bonnie Parker (Faye Dunaway) is a bored waitress who meets up with ex-con Clyde Barrow (Warren Beatty) while he is attempting to steal her mother's car. They team up for a series of small time robberies brought on by Depression Era poverty and a desire for a few thrills, with mixed results. The tension builds when they bring in dim-witted CW Moss (Michael J. Pollard) as a getaway driver and committ their first murder. The gang is complete when Clyde's brother Buck (Gene Hackman) and sister in law Blanche (Estelle Parsons) join up, despite the fact that Bonnie and Blanche do not get along. The gang discovers they are being pursued by Texas Ranger Frank Hamer (Denver Pyle) who is shown as something of an opportunist since he is out of his jurisdiction. A series of gun battles ensue during the course of the film that seem to get more violent with each confrontation with the law and end in tragic results.
- lisa smith
bonnie and clyde is an excellent movie.warren beatty and faye dunaway are superb in the title roles.and the supportingactors are just as good.The movie instantly draws you in.
b @ c
best classic movie of all time