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Monday, July 02, 2007

Bonnie and Clyde

****½ Bonnie and Clyde. Drama.

Directed by: Arthur Penn.

Starring: Warren Beatty, Faye Dunaway, Michael J. Pollard, Gene Hackman, Estelle Parsons.



We got this one from Netflix. I believe I put it in the queue when I was on my Gene Wilder spree. The boys spent the first half of the movie asking when Gene Wilder would show up. Turns out, it was his film debut. I hadn't seen this before, but I do remember all the
controversy around it when it first came out. Funny, it seems so tame now.

Warren Beatty is Clyde Barrow; Faye Dunaway is Bonnie Parker. They rob banks during the depression, and they're joined by Clyde's brother Buck (Gene Hackman), Buck's wife Blanche (Estelle Parsons), and a young gas station attendant (Michael J. Pollard) they recruit as a driver.

They go on their merry way, with preacher's daughter Blanche's protests their only problem, until things start to catch up with them.

It's a wonderful blend of exciting action, humor, and pathos--the sort-of lovers racing gleefully toward their doom. Clyde in particular is almost innocently childlike in his self-centeredness and lack of consideration of the consequences of his actions, not to mention his ambiguous sexuality. I'm not that well-versed in evaluating acting performances, but I believed all these characters.

Which is not to say that I believe Beatty and Dunaway were just like the actual Barrow and Parker. Far from it, I'd say--rather than a portrayal of actual fact, the movie is more fiction based on the true story.

Oh, and Gene Wilder? He was wonderful as a man who's briefly caught up in the gang when they steal his car.

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I gave you an award!
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Love, Tink
 
I think Bonnie and Clyde was one of the movie I have not seen but I heard alot about (controversy and all). Been meaning to put this in my netflix but I keep forgetting. Thanks, Darla for reminding me. It seem to turn out to be a good movie, since you gave it a good grade :) Great review as always, Darla!
 
Little piece of trivia: Bonnie and Clyde was the first film to be rated under the modern rating system.
 
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