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Bonnie and Clyde [1967 film] by Arthur Penn

Bonnie and Clyde [1967 film]

by Arthur Penn (Director), Robert Benton (Screenwriter), David Newman (Screenwriter)

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One of the landmark films of the 1960s, Bonnie and Clyde changed the course of American cinema. Setting a milestone for screen violence that paved the way for Sam Peckinpah's The Wild Bunch, this exercise in mythologized biography should not be labeled as a bloodbath; as critic Pauline Kael wrote in her rave review, "it's the absence of sadism that throws the audience off balance." The film is more of a poetic ode to the Great Depression, starring the dream team of Warren Beatty and Faye Dunaway as the titular antiheroes, who barrel across the South and Midwest robbing banks with Clyde's brother Buck (Gene Hackman), Buck's frantic wife Blanche (Estelle Parsons), and their faithful accomplice C.W. Moss (the inimitable Michael J. Pollard). Bonnie and Clyde is an unforgettable classic that has lost none of its power since the 1967 release. --Jeff Shannon
  papacromer | Nov 15, 2009 |
A landmark movie, this account of the lives of the 30s outlaws Bonnie Parker (Faye Dunaway) and Clyde Barrow (Warren Beatty) keeps the audience in a state of eager, nervous imbalance; it holds our attention by throwing our disbelief back in our faces. In a sense it’s the absence of sadism—it is the violence without sadism—that throws the audience off balance. The brutality that comes out of the innocent “just-folks” Barrow-family gang is far more shocking than the calculated brutalities of mean killers. And there is a kind of American poetry in a stickup gang seen chasing across the bedraggled backdrop of the Depression—as if crime were the only activity in a country stupefied by poverty.
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Author nameRoleType of authorWork?Status
Penn, ArthurDirectorprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
Benton, RobertScreenwritermain authorall editionsconfirmed
Newman, DavidScreenwritermain authorall editionsconfirmed
Allen, DedeFilm editorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Beatty, Warrensecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Dunaway, Fayesecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Guffey, Burnettsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Hackman, Genesecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Parsons, Estellesecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Strouse, CharlesComposersecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
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A mixture of comedy and brutal violence, this film is based on the exploits of the notorious American outlaws of the 1930's, Bonnie Parker and Clyde Barrow.

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