Original release: 1967
Running length: 111 minutes
Action, Biography, Crime
See it as a double feature with Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid
A paradigm-shifting classic of American cinema, Bonnie and Clyde packs a punch whose power continues to reverberate through thrillers five decades later.
Adrift in the depression-era Southwest, Clyde Barrow and Bonnie Parker embark on a life of crime. They mean no harm. They crave adventure – and each other. Soon we start to love them too. But nothing in film history has prepared us for the cascading violence to follow. Bonnie and Clyde turns brutal. We learn they can be hurt – and dread they can be killed.
Bonnie and Clyde balances itself on a knife-edge of laughter and terror, thanks to vivid title-role performances by Warren Beatty and Faye Dunaway and Estelle Parsons, who won 1967’s Best Supporting Actress Award for her role opposite Gene Hackman. Director Arthur Penn keeps the film’s sensibilities tough but never cruel. It continually dazzles, especially in the work of cinematographer Oscar winner Burnett Guffey and editor Dede Allen. And as film lovers discover again and again, this is no ordinary gangster movie.