Bonnie and Clyde

bonnie and clydeBonnie and Clyde is a 1967 American crime thriller film directed by Arthur Penn and starring Warren Beatty and Faye Dunaway as the title characters Clyde Barrow and Bonnie Parker.

The film also stars Michael J. Pollard, Gene Hackman, Estelle Parsons, Denver Pyle, Dub Taylor, Gene Wilder, Evans Evans and Mabel Cavitt.

The screenplay for the film was written by David Newman and Robert Benton, and is adapted from the exploits of legendary crime duo Bonnie and Clyde. Robert Towne and Warren Beatty himself (who plays Clyde Barrow) provided uncredited contributions to the script, while Warren Beatty also produced the film. The soundtrack was composed by Charles Strouse.

Bonnie and Clyde is considered a landmark film, and is regarded as one of the first films of the New Hollywood era, in that it broke many taboos and was popular with the younger generation. Its success motivated other filmmakers to be more forward about presenting sex and violence in their films.

Bonnie and Clyde received Academy Awards for Best Supporting Actress (Estelle Parsons) and Best Cinematography (Burnett Guffey). It was among the first 100 films selected for preservation in the United States National Film Registry.


Time Line

  • 1926: Bonnie marries Roy Thornton, who is later imprisoned
  • November 1929: Clyde is arrested, and later released, for a series of robberiesJanuary 1930
  • Clyde and Bonnie meetFebruary 1930
  • Clyde is arrested and incarcerated in the McClennan County jail
  • March 8, 1930: Bonnie smuggles a gun to Clyde, which he uses to escape.
  • March 19, 1930: Clyde is captured in Ohio, extradited to Texas, and sentenced to 14 years
  • February 2, 1932: Clyde is paroled due to the efforts of his mother.
  • April 18, 1932: The Barrow gang robs a hardware store in Kaufman. Bonnie is arrested on April 19 and then released after 3 months.
  • April 30, 1932: The Barrow gang robs a store in Hillsboro, TX, killing the owner, John Bucher.
  • August 5, 1932: At an outdoor dance in Stringtown, OK, Sheriff Eugene Moore is killed, and Sheriff C. G. Maxwell is wounded.
  • October 11, 1932: Clyde kills a grocery store owner, Howard Hall, during a robbery.
  • December 25, 1932: Doyle Johnson is killed as his car is stolen.
  • January 6, 1933: Malcolm Davis is killed after attempting to arrest them in Dallas.
  • April 13, 1933: A shootout occurs at their hideout in Joplin, MO. Officers Wesley Harriman and Harry McGinnis are killed. The famous
  • June 10, 1933: The gang is involved in a car wreck. Bonnie is severely burned and crippled.
  • June 23, 1933: After a slight wreck, a shootout occurs, and Marshall Henry Humphrey is killed.
  • July 19, 1933: A shootout occurs at some tourist cabins in Platte City, MO. Buck Barrow is severely wounded, and his wife, Blanche, is partially blinded.
  • July 24, 1933: The Barrow gang is camping out at Dextfield Park, IA when a large posse opens fire. Buck dies in custody several days later, and Blanche is imprisoned.
  • November 22, 1933: On the way to a visit with their families, Bonnie and Clyde are ambushed by Dallas police. They escape with minor wounds.
  • January 16, 1934: A prison break is staged by Clyde to get Ray Hamilton out. One officer, Joseph Crowson, is killed, and four other prisoners escape.
  • February, 1934: Frank Hamer is hired to catch Bonnie and Clyde.
  • April 1, 1934: Two Grapevine police officers, E. B. Wheeler and H. D. Murphy, are killed by Clyde and Henry Methvin. Bonnie reportedly steps out of the car and shoots the dying officers again.
  • April 6, 1934: Two police officers stop to investigate their stalled car. Constable Calvin Campbell is killed. Police chief Percy Boyd is kidnapped, but later released.
  • May 23, 1934: Hamer and his posse, using information provided by a gang member's father, ambush and kill Bonnie and Clyde in Gibsland, LA.