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Bonnie and Clyde
Director: Arthur Penn (Dir)
Release Date:   Sep 1967
Duration (in mins):  111
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Cast: Warren Beatty  (Clyde Barrow)
  Faye Dunaway  (Bonnie Parker)
  Michael J. Pollard  (C. W. Moss)
 

Summary: During the Depression in the early 1930s, Bonnie Parker meets Clyde Barrow when he tries to steal her mother's car. Intrigued by his brazen manner and bored with her job as a waitress, she decides to become his partner in crime. Together they stage a series of amateur holdups that provide them with excitement but little monetary reward. Eventually they take on C. W. Moss, a dimwitted garage mechanic, who serves as their getaway driver. Finally they are joined by Clyde's brother Buck, recently released from prison, and his wife, Blanche, a whining preacher's daughter. As they add bank robbery and murder to their list of crimes, the quintet quickly becomes the object of statewide manhunts. While holed up in a rented apartment in Joplin, Missouri, they make the first of their incredible escapes from the police. Fascinated by the legendary reputation growing around them, they brag about their exploits, take pictures of each other, and, on one occasion, force a Texas Ranger to pose with them. Through it all a love relationship develops between Bonnie and Clyde that endures despite Clyde's impotence. After a visit with Bonnie's mother, the gang is surrounded in Dexter, Iowa. Buck dies with half of his face shot away, Blanche is blinded and captured, and Bonnie is wounded in the shoulder. The three survivors find a temporary hideout with C. W.'s father in a Louisiana town, and there Bonnie and Clyde finally consummate their love. Bonnie recovers from her wounds, and they plan to move on again; but C. W.'s father, hoping to lighten his son's punishment, has cooperated with the police in setting a trap. In May of 1934, Bonnie and Clyde ride into a police ambush and die as their bodies are riddled with a thousand rounds of ammunition. 

Distribution Company: Warner Bros.--Seven Arts, Inc.
Production Company: Tatira--Hiller Productions
Director: Arthur Penn (Dir)
  Jack N. Reddish (Asst dir)
Producer: Warren Beatty (Prod)
Writer: David Newman (Wrt)
  Robert Benton (Wrt)

Subject Major: Bank robberies
  Clyde Barrow
  The Depression, 1929
  Fugitives
  Impotence
  Murder
  Bonnie Parker
  Texas
 
Subject Minor: Ambushes
  Betrayal
  Blindness
  Brothers
  Dexter (IA)
  Escapes
  Farmers
  Gangs
  Garages
  Gold Diggers of 1933 (Motion picture)
  Hospitals
  Joplin (MO)
  Louisiana
  Motels
  Mothers and daughters
  Photographs
  Police
  Reunions
  Shootouts
  Sisters-in-law
  Texas Rangers
  Waitresses

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