1967 Running time: 108 Certificate: 15 Rating: 5

Synopsis

Warren Beatty and Faye Dunaway play the young-and-in-love criminals who go on a trans-American crime spree in Arthur Penn's classic thriller. With accomplices Gene Hackman and Michael J Pollard along for the ride, the trigger-happy twosome leave a trail of devastation for the authorities to follow. Inevitably, they reap what they sow. The voguish violence heralded a new era in crime cinema, influencing filmmakers from Coppola and Scorsese to Quentin Tarantino as well as winning Oscars for best cinematography and Best Supporting Actress (for Estelle Parsons).

Director

  • Arthur Penn

Cast

  • Warren Beatty

  • Faye Dunaway

  • Michael J Pollard

  • Gene Hackman

  • Estelle Parsons

Review

One of the most exciting discoveries of its time. Director Arthur Penn shows all the dirt, sweat and above all desperation of the trade - outlawry - whose members lived by the very ends of shreds of nerves, knowing that death, sudden and painful, was never further away than a knock on a shuttered door in the night.

The disreputable, edgy, unreal atmosphere of the times and the disregard for the life that still remains precious is very well conveyed, with Warren Beatty keeping a tight grip on the moody Clyde, who robs banks (and kills as a result of it) only because he knows no other way of life.

Estelle Parsons won a Best Supporting Actress Oscar as Hackman's skittish wife. But the real find of the film was Faye Dunaway, giving a slow-burning performance as Bonnie, with one stand-out moment - mistily photographed against a yellow cornfield - when she realises she can never go back to her old life.

Also won the Oscar for Best Cinematography.

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