Bonnie & Clyde

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Original title
Bonnie & Clyde (Bonnie and Clyde)
Running time
111 min.
United States United States
Robert Benton, David Newman
Charles Strouse
Burnett Guffey
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Warner Bros. Pictures.
Action. Drama. Thriller | Crime. 1930s. The Great Depression. Romantic Drama. Heist Film. Road Movie. Cult Movie
Movie Groups
Bonnie & Clyde
Synopsis / Plot
Producer/star Warren Beatty 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.

Bonnie Parker is bored with life and wants a change. She gets her chance when she meets a charming young drifter by the name of Clyde Barrow. Clyde has dreams of a life of crime that will free him from the hardships of the Depression. The two fall in love and begin a crime spree that extends from Oklahoma to Texas. They rob small banks with skill and panache, soon becoming minor celebrities known across the country. People are proud to have been held up by Bonnie and Clyde; to their victims, the duo is doing what nobody else has the guts to do. To the law, the two are evil bank robbers who deserve to be gunned down where they stand.

The film made stars out of Beatty and Dunaway, and it also featured the screen debut of Gene Wilder 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.
1967: 2 Oscars: Supp. Actress (Parsons), Cinematography. 8 nominations including Picture.
1967: 7 nominations for the Golden Globe, including Drama, Director, Actor and Actress.
1967: BAFTA Awards: Promising Newcomer (Faye Dunaway). 4 Nominations
1967: New York Film Critics Circle: Best Screenplay
1967: Directors Guild of America (DGA): Nominated for Best Director
1967: David di Donatello: Best Foreign Actor (Beatty) and Actress (Dunaway)
1968: Mar de Plata Film Festival: Best Film
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