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Drama - Crime

Bonnie and Clyde (1967)

Duration 1h 51m Rating (UK) X
Source of story Actual events in the the real life of these two people – slightly more than “inspired by real events”.
Writers/Script David Newman, Robert Benton (and Robert Towne uncredited)
Additional Info The production costs are estimated at $2,500,00 and the film grossed more than $50,000,000, a result for Warren Beatty who was the producer.
Director Arthur Penn
Starring Warren Beatty, Faye Dunaway, Michael J. Pollard, Gene Hackman, Estelle Parsons, Denver Pyle, Gene Wilder,
Elevator Pitch During the depression years an ex-con meets an attractive young waitress, and when he produces a gun to impress her she dares him to use it, so he robbs a local shop and start the pair on the trail of murder and mayhem across the southern states. With the addition of a young mechanic and the ex-con’s brother and his wife they become “the Barrow gang”. As they become more notorious so the forces of law and order close in on them. It can’t end well.
Content A lot of bank robberies, some successful, some not, and the resulting car chases across the landscape; three or four intensive shoot-outs with increasingly heavy armament. What appear to be an almost whimsical series of events gradually descend into a bloodbath. Just a bit of almost nudity and some sexual references, some drinking and smoking.
A View This is a brilliantly constructed film, reflected in its many nominations and awards. Estelle Parsons won an Oscar for Best Supporting Actress and Faye Dunaway, who had been a model, is stunning as the sexy and sexually frustrated Bonnie. I have made it an “Almost Must See”, so if you have missed it, search it out. You will be rewarded.

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