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Bonnie and Clyde (1967)
USA / English
"They're young... they're in love... and they kill people. "
A somewhat romantized account of the career of the notoriously violent bank robbing couple and their gang.
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
Director: Arthur Penn
Producer: Warren Beatty
Writer: David Newman,Robert Benton
Violence can be beautiful
If we look at film history, we can observe that after the mid-40s, American movies have given way to exceptional foreign films. And according to Lee Bobker, a film historian, `not until 1967, with the appearance of such films as Bonnie and Clyde and The Graduate, did the United States again produced films so original that they influenced the state of the art.' In fact, Bonnie and Clyde was so original that it startled film critics and received only a few ecstatic opening-day review. Fortunately, the film was well received by the public; it became a huge box office success and received 10 Oscar nominations.

In the depression-era southwest, Bonnie Parker (Faye Dunaway) and Clyde Barrow (Warren Beatty) embark on a life of crime. They meet when Bonnie catches Clyde stealing her mother's car, and she immediately saw in him the chance to escape her boring life as a waitress. Clyde, on the other hand, saw a chance for companionship with Bonnie, and soon enough, they rob their first bank together.

Soon after that, Clyde's brother Buck (Gene Hackman) and his wife Blanche (Estelle Parsons) along with a mechanic named C.W. Moss, joins the group forming a bank robbing troop named the Barrow gang. Because of their clashes and escapes from the law and Bonnie's suggestion of giving their pictures to the papers, they soon became famous. `We're the Barrow gang,' says Clyde before each robbery to make sure they get credit.

Bonnie is the most intriguing character the movie. Since she saw a life of crime an escape from her dull life, she relishes the adventure. After Clyde raves to C.W. in a movie house about his first murder, Bonnie just shushes them because she doesn't care and is enjoying the film. Clyde offers Bonnie a chance to get out now that murder is involved, but Bonnie pleads him to let her stay. In later scenes, Bonnie shows signs of change. After picking up a stranger and finding out that he is an undertaker, Bonnie suddenly realized the danger that they are in and immediately requests to see her mother. She tries to convince Clyde to get married and settle down, but they both know that it is too late.

One of my first observations in this movie was how great Warren Beatty and Faye Dunaway looked. It's certainly nice to see these great actors in their prime. Another strong point in the movie is the dazzling cinematography of Burnett Guffey (which won the Oscar); it captures vivid images and beautiful backgrounds.

I do have some minor criticisms. This movie seems to have not perfectly blended comedy with terror and violence because I did not find most of it funny. I did not receive the same exhilaration that I usually get from four star movies because of the above reason and probably because I have seen a number of recent movies that have a similar story (e.g. Natural Born Killers), which is a big disadvantage that I have since I watch these great movies out of order. Maybe if I view the movie again, I can appreciate it more, but as I have learned, its better to rate a movie based on initial reaction.

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Nr of disks/tapes:1
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Storage device:DVD
Imdb rating: 8.0
Musician: Charles Strouse
Running time: 111 min
Subtitles: Svenska
Audio tracks: Dolby Digital 5.1 [English]
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Last modified: 2008-01-14 13:17:15