Bonnie and Clyde

1967 R 1h 51m Blu-ray / DVD

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Bonnie and Clyde

1967 R 1h 51m Blu-ray / DVD
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Serial bank robbers, sometime lovers and folkloric heroes Bonnie Parker (Faye Dunaway) and Clyde Barrow (Warren Beatty) barrel across Depression-ravaged America on a shooting spree that ends in a deadly rain of bullets and tragedy. Directed by Arthur Penn, this stylish and sexy film shattered the mold when it came to crime pictures, layering comedy onto mayhem and youthful criminality. Gene Wilder makes his big-screen debut.
Format
Blu-ray DVD
Screen
Full Screen 1.33:1
Subtitles
None
CC
Yes
Audio
English: Dolby Digital Mono
Screen
Widescreen 1.85:1
Subtitles
English SDH, French, Spanish (Neutral), Korean
CC
No
Audio
English: Dolby Digital Mono
Rating
R - Under 17 requires accompanying parent or adult guardian. Contains some adult material. Parents are urged to learn more about the film before taking their young children with them.
age 15+
Common Sense rating OK for kids 15+
  • Warren Beatty
  • Faye Dunaway
  • Michael J. Pollard
  • Gene Hackman
  • Estelle Parsons
  • Denver Pyle
  • Dub Taylor
  • Evans Evans
  • Gene Wilder
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Reviews

age 15+

Common Sense Note

Parents need to know that this was one of the first movies to get the newly minted R-rating. There are lots of shootouts and a violent finale in a hailstorm of bullets that was compared by commentators to the Vietnam War (yes it was) for graphic bloodshed -- though far gorier movies have since arrived to "entertain." There is a glorification of the anti-social outlaw lifestyle (but an awareness of how criminals manufacture such myths themselves, for the positive PR), and the main characters smoke and drink. Bonnie is sexually frustrated (discretely topless in her opening scene) with Clyde, who seems to have intimacy-impotence problems (in the original script he was gay, or at least bisexual). Their bedroom dysfunction is a recurring theme, though it's coached in tasteful euphemism.

Sexual Content

Bonnie is dressed only in panties in her introductory sequence, though camera angles and editing obscure her breasts. Bonnie and Clyde's unsatisfying sex life is a reoccurring theme; she's sexually hotwired, perhaps a nymphomaniac, and Clyde is possibly homosexual, but the script wraps these diagnoses up in euphemisms and evasive dialogue (Clyde saying he's "no lover boy").

Violence

Considerable shooting, as well as pistol-whipping and reckless driving. Once this movie was considered the utmost in graphic carnage -- though far bloodier movies have come along since. Nonetheless, we are shown blood-reddened bullet wounds (a rare thing in those days) and an infamous climax with a lethal hailstorm of ammunition.

Language

Pretty mild under the circumstances, with "hell" uttered a few times.

Social Behavior

Plenty of glorification of the outlaw lifestyle here. The titular criminals are played by two good-looking actors who create characters that are a lot more sympathetic (and sexy) than the lawmen in pursuit of them, many of whom they kill. Two supporting characters sadly contrast their criminal lives with their religious upbringings (it may say something that these two are the weak links who will bring down the gang).

Consumerism

Mention of store names, products with mostly a 1930s vibe.

Drugs / Tobacco / Alcohol

Lots of smoking. Some drinking and talk of drunkenness.

  • Age appropriate
  • Not an issue
  • Depends on your child and your family
  • Parents strongly cautioned
  • Not appropriate for kids of the age

This information for parents is provided by Common Sense Media, a non-profit organization dedicated to improving kids' media lives.

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