Bonnie and Clyde (1967)

Pure Magic – Two of the greatest performances ever in a movie–Warren Beatty and Faye Dunaway will blow you away with their routine of lovers recruit other crazies and perform a string of deadly bank robberies proving that anybody can be infamous if they are crazy enough.

THRILL RIDE OF RECKLESSNESS

I saw this movie when I was a kid and I’ve seen in many times since…the acting in this movie is so authentically crazy.  Lover’s who are crazy about each other, and pursue a life of carefree, reckless abandon….stealing, spending, terrorizing, killing, and dodging the law along the way until the meet an unplanne death.

This movie is a thrillride…it’s like taking every ride at a carnival.  What stands out in this movie is how much fun Bonnie and Clyde and the Morrow gang get out of danger and downright sinister behavior.

Warren Beatty and Faye Dunaway are a perfect tandem delivering two memorable performances.  This masterpiece was nominated for 10 Academy Awards, including Best Picture, won two Oscars, one for Best Actress in a Supporting Role and another for Best Cinematography.

FALLING IN LOVE WITH KILLERS

This movie is one of the few movies where the “evil” characters endear themselves to you and in some strange, weird way—you are rooting for them!  You not only like them, but you find them irresistable.  They are funny, engaging, and daring–I think this movie expresses an emotion in all of us that we wish were a bit more “spontaneous” and maybe a bit more of a “risk taker.”  However, as the movie wears on they get crazier, deadlier, and downright stupid….Bonnie & Clyde shows how much fun a crime-filled life can be, but also the reality of how SHORT a life of crime usually is, especially one that involved armed robbery and murder.

GREED TAKES OVER

The message of this movie to me is how greed, power, and success can totally overrun a person.  Robbing banks was an addiction…just like gambling or pornography or drugs. Once they caught the thrill of it, they just couldn’t stop and they went bigger, bolder, and with les planning.

SHOCKING AND MEMORABLE ENDING

I have seen this movie many times, and everytime I say “I’m prepared” for the ending…and everytime it blows me away.  The ending is haunting and masterfully executed…its simply breathtaking…

SUMMARY

9 Stars but very close to 10 stars…one of the greatest film performances ever.  One of the first shows to prove that glamorizing violence could work if the characters were believable, charismatic, and funny.

Todd Morgan
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