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Plot, Details & Awards

Bonnie And Clyde

(1967)

Rated R for violence.

R In Theaters 06/1/1992 , 111min.
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Plot & Details

Producer/star Warren Beatty had to convince Warner Bros. to finance this film, which went on to become the studio's second-highest grosser. It also caused major controversy by redefining violence in cinema and casting its criminal protagonists as sympathetic anti-heroes. Based loosely on the true exploits of Clyde Barrow and Bonnie Parker during the 30s, the film begins as Clyde (Beatty) tries to steal the car of Bonnie Parker (Faye Dunaway)'s mother. Bonnie is excited by Clyde's outlaw demeanor, and he further stimulates her by robbing a store in her presence. Clyde steals a car, with Bonnie in tow, and their legendary crime spree begins. The two move from town to town, pulling off small heists, until they join up with Clyde's brother Buck (Gene Hackman), his shrill wife Blanche (Estelle Parsons), and a slow-witted gas station attendant named C.W. Moss (Michael J. Pollard). The new gang robs a bank and Clyde is soon painted in the press as a Depression-era Robin Hood when he allows one bank customer to hold onto his money. Soon the police are on the gang's trail and they are constantly on the run, even kidnapping a Texas Ranger (Denver Pyle) and setting him adrift on a raft, handcuffed, after he spits in Bonnie's face when she kisses him. That same ranger leads a later raid on the gang that leaves Buck dying, Blanche captured, and both Clyde and Bonnie injured. The ever-loyal C.W. takes them to his father's house. C.W.'s father disaproves his son's affiliation with gangsters and enters a plea bargain with the Texas Rangers. A trap is set that ends in one of the bloodiest death scenes in cinematic history. The film made stars out of Beatty and Dunaway, and it also featured the screen debut of Gene Wilder as a mortician briefly captured by the gang. Its portrayal of Bonnie and Clyde as rebels who empathized with the poor working folks of the 1930s struck a chord with the counterculture of the 1960s and helped generate a new, young audience for American movies that carried over into Hollywood's renewal of the 1970s. Its combination of sex and violence with dynamic stars, social relevance, a traditional Hollywood genre, and an appeal to hip young audiences set the pace for many American movies to come.

Awards

Academy Awards

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
1967 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Actor Warren Beatty Nominated
1967 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Original Screenplay Robert Benton Nominated
1967 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Picture Warren Beatty Nominated
1967 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Director Arthur Penn Nominated
1967 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Costume Design Theadora Van Runkle Nominated
1967 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Cinematography Burnett Guffey Won
1967 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Original Screenplay David Newman Nominated
1967 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Supporting Actor Gene Hackman Nominated
1967 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Supporting Actress Estelle Parsons Won
1967 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Supporting Actor Michael J. Pollard Nominated
1967 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Actress Faye Dunaway Nominated

British Academy of Film and Television Arts

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
1967 British Academy of Film and Television Arts Most Promising Newcomer Faye Dunaway Won
1967 British Academy of Film and Television Arts Best Film - Any Source Arthur Penn Nominated

Golden Globes

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
1967 Hollywood Foreign Press Association New Star of the Year - Male Michael J. Pollard Nominated
1967 Hollywood Foreign Press Association Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture Michael J. Pollard Nominated
1967 Hollywood Foreign Press Association Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture - Drama Faye Dunaway Nominated
1967 Hollywood Foreign Press Association Best Screenplay David Newman Nominated
1967 Hollywood Foreign Press Association Best Director Arthur Penn Nominated
1967 Hollywood Foreign Press Association Best Screenplay Robert Benton Nominated
1967 Hollywood Foreign Press Association Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture - Drama Warren Beatty Nominated
1967 Hollywood Foreign Press Association Best Picture - Drama Nominated

American Film Institute

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
1998 American Film Institute 100 Greatest American Movies Won

Berlin International Film Festival

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
2007 Berlin International Film Festival Film Presented Nominated

British Academy of Film and Television Arts

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
1967 British Academy of Film and Television Arts Most Promising Newcomer Faye Dunaway Won
1967 British Academy of Film and Television Arts Best Film - Any Source Arthur Penn Nominated

Directors Guild of America

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
1967 Directors Guild of America Best Director Arthur Penn Nominated

Library of Congress

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
1991 Library of Congress U.S. National Film Registry Won

National Society of Film Critics

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
1967 National Society of Film Critics Best Supporting Actor Gene Hackman Won
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