“Bonnie and Clyde” was another one of those movies I had yet to see, and am glad I did. While it is not one of the best movies I ever saw, it is still a classic.
Everyone knows the story, and, for that matter, the outcome. It is more about how the characters of Bonnie and Clyde (played so well by Warren Beaty and Faye Dunaway it is hard to catch them acting) get to their deaths (“It’s death for Bonnie and Clyde”). The movie starts out as the gang is put together, and gradually as the gang is dispersed (although not everyone will die). Michael J. Pollard), who is handy with cars. The movie gets even better as we meet Clyde’s brother Buck (a young, great Gene Hackman) and his wife Blance (Estelle Parsons, who won a Best Supporting Actress Oscar for her role here).
Sure these people steal, and (when need to) kill, but they are a family of friends. Notice how happy they seem when they are in a car after doing something fun (as when they take the picture of an unlucky police officer). One of the best scenes in the movie is when they need steal a car, and are “chased” by its owner Eugene (Gene Wilder, in his first screen role) and his girlfriend. They only get rid of them when Bonnie fines out they are undertakers.
It is strange to say, but what makes the characters in “Bonnie and Clyde” so appealing is that they have hearts. Maybe not hearts of gold, but hearts none the less. This is show in the scene where Bonnie and Clyde are taking target practice at an abandoned home, and the former owners come by to say goodbyes. Clyde gives the owner (and his servant) some target practice at the home the bank has taken from them.
Parents, the movie is rated R, but keep in mind it is the 1960s (this was actually the first movie to get a rating). There is also a little sexual stuff (Bonnie is seen nude from the back for a minute or two at the beginning, and there is some kissing that goes on, but nothing too horrible), and the violence is not any worse than that in video games these days. I say that if you have children in the teens (or maybe even preteens) who want to see a classic Hollywood gangster flick, let them (although you may want to watch it with them if you are still a little worried).
Overall:: 4 1/2 Stars ****1/2