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Bonnie and Clyde Details

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Producer/star [[Performer~P81105~Warren Beatty~warrenbeatty]] had to convince Warner Bros. to finance this film, which went on to become the studio's second-highest grosser. It also caused major controversy by redefining violence in cinema and casting its criminal protagonists as sympathetic anti-heroes. Based loosely on the true exploits of Clyde Barrow and Bonnie Parker during the 30s, the film begins as Clyde (Beatty) tries to steal the car of Bonnie Parker ([[Performer~P20518~Faye Dunaway~fayedunaway]])'s mother. Bonnie is excited by Clyde's outlaw demeanor, and he further stimulates her by robbing a store in her presence. Clyde steals a car, with Bonnie in tow, and their legendary crime spree begins. The two move from town to town, pulling off small heists, until they join up with Clyde's brother Buck ([[Performer~P29486~Gene Hackman~genehackman]]), his shrill wife Blanche ([[Performer~P55233~Estelle Parsons~estelleparsons]]), and a slow-witted gas station attendant named C.W. Moss ([[Performer~P57242~Michael J. Pollard~michaeljpollard]]). The new gang robs a bank and Clyde is soon painted in the press as a Depression-era Robin Hood when he allows one bank customer to hold onto his money. Soon the police are on the gang's trail and they are constantly on the run, even kidnapping a Texas Ranger ([[Performer~P58123~Denver Pyle~denverpyle]]) and setting him adrift on a raft, handcuffed, after he spits in Bonnie's face when she kisses him. That same ranger leads a later raid on the gang that leaves Buck dying, Blanche captured, and both Clyde and Bonnie injured. The ever-loyal C.W. takes them to his father's house. C.W.'s father disaproves his son's affiliation with gangsters and enters a plea bargain with the Texas Rangers. A trap is set that ends in one of the bloodiest death scenes in cinematic history. The film made stars out of Beatty and Dunaway, and it also featured the screen debut of [[Performer~P116771~Gene Wilder~genewilder]] as a mortician briefly captured by the gang. Its portrayal of Bonnie and Clyde as rebels who empathized with the poor working folks of the 1930s struck a chord with the counterculture of the 1960s and helped generate a new, young audience for American movies that carried over into Hollywood's renewal of the 1970s. Its combination of sex and violence with dynamic stars, social relevance, a traditional Hollywood genre, and an appeal to hip young audiences set the pace for many American movies to come. ~ Don Kaye, Rovi

  • Release date:August 4, 1967

Awards

Awarded by
Nominee
Category
Year
Status
Hollywood Foreign Press Association Warren Beatty Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture - Drama 1967 Nominee
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Warren Beatty Best Actor 1967 Nominee
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Warren Beatty Best Picture 1967 Nominee
British Academy of Film and Television Arts Arthur Penn Best Film - Any Source 1967 Nominee
Hollywood Foreign Press Association Arthur Penn Best Director 1967 Nominee
Directors Guild of America Arthur Penn Best Director 1967 Nominee
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Arthur Penn Best Director 1967 Nominee
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Burnett Guffey Best Cinematography 1967 Winner
British Academy of Film and Television Arts Faye Dunaway Most Promising Newcomer 1967 Winner
Hollywood Foreign Press Association Faye Dunaway Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture - Drama 1967 Nominee
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Faye Dunaway Best Actress 1967 Nominee
National Society of Film Critics Gene Hackman Best Supporting Actor 1967 Winner
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Gene Hackman Best Supporting Actor 1967 Nominee
New York Film Critics Circle Robert Benton Best Screenplay 1967 Winner
Hollywood Foreign Press Association Robert Benton Best Screenplay 1967 Nominee
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Robert Benton Best Original Screenplay 1967 Nominee
Hollywood Foreign Press Association Michael J. Pollard New Star of the Year - Male 1967 Nominee
Hollywood Foreign Press Association Michael J. Pollard Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture 1967 Nominee
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Michael J. Pollard Best Supporting Actor 1967 Nominee
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Estelle Parsons Best Supporting Actress 1967 Winner
New York Film Critics Circle David Newman Best Screenplay 1967 Winner
Hollywood Foreign Press Association David Newman Best Screenplay 1967 Nominee
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences David Newman Best Original Screenplay 1967 Nominee

Cast

Warren Beatty
as Clyde Barrow
Faye Dunaway
as Bonnie Parker
Michael J. Pollard
as C.W. Moss
Gene Hackman
as Buck Barrow
Estelle Parsons
as Blanche
Gene Wilder
as Eugene Grizzard
Denver Pyle
as Frank Hamer
Dub Taylor
as Ivan Moss
Evans Evans
as Velma Davis
Russ Marker
as Bank guard
Ann Palmer
as Bonnie's sister
Clyde Howdy
as Deputy

Crew

Arthur Penn
Director
Warren Beatty
Producer
David Newman
Screenwriter
Robert Benton
Screenwriter
Vincent Saizis
Cinematographer
Burnett Guffey
Cinematographer
Dede Allen
Editor
Dean Tavoularis
Art Director
Raymond Paul
Set Designer
Robert Jiras
Makeup
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