in about 100 words or less
USA 111m, Colour
Director: Arthur Penn; Cast: Warren Beatty, Faye Dunaway, Michael J. Pollard, Gene Hackman, Estelle Parsons
Although Bonnie and Clyde is far from an accurate depiction of the lives of the Barrow Gang of the 1930s, this production was years ahead of its time, and remains a ground-breaking film in its portrayal of sex and violence. While relatively tame by today’s standards, it set a new standard in Hollywood, and was for the 1960s, what Natural Born Killers would be for the 1990s. Dunaway’s performance as Bonnie is a standout – whose character was excited by her bank-robbing and murderous lifestyle, while simultaneously yearning for a normal life that would let her be near family. Despite the oversimplification of the events, and the choice of a style of blue-grass music which was not popular until long after their deaths, this movie offers a highly entertaining look at two of America’s most infamous criminals (Klaus Ming January 2010).