Recently, there was a television miniseries entitled "Bonnie and Clyde." While it may have boasted some strong performances, its impact will likely be short-lived. The release of the 1967 film with the same name turned out to be a cinematic and cultural phenomenon.
"Bonnie and Clyde" is based on a true story. It is set in the early 1930s and stars Faye Dunaway and Warren Beatty in the lead roles. They are bank robbers who start a gang that also includes Clyde's energetic brother Buck (played by Gene Hackman) and his wife Blanche (played by Estelle Parsons). Another gang member is C.W. Moss (played by Michael J. Pollard), a mechanic. On their crime spree, they become famous, and police work hard to bring them down.
The performances in "Bonnie and Clyde" are all first-rate. All five actors earned Academy Award nominations. Estelle Parsons won the Oscar for her impressive work as Blanche, Buck's emotionally unhinged wife. There are many great supporting performances. Gene Wilder is excellent in a small role.
There are many great action scenes in the film. For a movie of the late 1960s, the shootouts are quite violent. This caused a lot of controversy at the time. The violence adds to the realism of the story.
"Bonnie and Clyde" is very well-directed by Arthur Penn. In the last part of the film, as the police are getting closer to them, Penn does a good job showing the danger the characters are in.
With its gritty realism, "Bonnie and Clyde" set new standards for filmmakers, and anyone interested in movie history should study this classic.