Bonnie and Clyde (1967)




Director:    Arthur Penn. 

Starring:   Warren Beatty (Clyde Barrow), Faye Dunaway (Bonnie Parker), Michael J. Pollard (C.W. Moss), Gene Hackman (Buck Barrow), Estelle Parsons (Blanche), Denver Pyle (Frank Hamer), Dub Taylor (Ivan Moss), Evans Evans (Velma Davis), Gene Wilder (Eugene Grizzard).

Small-time robber team that gained fame in the United States through their flamboyant encounters with police and their promotion by the nation's newspapers.



Great film, one of the best crime films ever.  A couple in love become a bank-robbing pair along with their gang.  It's the small, poor guys against the big banks during the poverty of the Depression.  Warren Beatty and Faye Dunaway are top-notch.  Estelle Parsons is great as the hysterical Blanche.  (Of course, Gene Hackman is good, but I always thought a man as big as he might tend to dominate the gang; so I always thought he was miscast.)  Gene Wilder and Michael J. Pollard are also great as curious fellows. 

And what a dramatic ending for Bonnie and Clyde (and true to life also). 

Patrick Louis Cooney, Ph. D.




Historical Background:


Clyde Barrow and Bonnie Parker

1909  --  born Clyde Barrow, Telico, Texas.  Becomes a young robber.

1911  --  born Bonnie Parker, Rowena, Texas.

1930, January 1930  -- Clyde meets Bonnie.

1930-32  --  Clyde is arrested and imprisoned for 20 months; when let out he teams up with Bonnie.  Their reign of terror lasts only 21 months.

Gets a team together, including his brother, Buck Barrow, and Buck's wife, Blanche; Ray Hamilton; and W. D. Jones. The gang robs gas stations, restaurants, and small-town banks (their take never exceeding $1,500), chiefly in Texas, Oklahoma, New Mexico, and Missouri.

1934, May 23  --  Bonnie and Clyde are betrayed by a friend; the police set up an ambush; they riddle their car with bullets, killing the duo, near Gibsland, Louisiana.




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