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Bonnie & Clyde

Score: 88%
Rating: Not Rated
Publisher: Sony Pictures Home
                  Entertainment

Region: 1
Media: DVD/2
Running Time: 174 Mins.
Genre: Action/Historical/Mini-series
Audio: English 5.1 Dolby Digital
Subtitles: English, English SDH, French,
           Spanish


Features:

  • Iconography: The Story of Bonnie & Clyde
  • Becoming Bonnie
  • Becoming Clyde

For a made for TV mini-series, Bonnie & Clyde really packs a punch and delivers a finely acted and well crafted story that has intrigued Americans for decades. Set in the Depression era where most Americans were just trying to survive, Bonnie Parker (Holliday Grainger) and Clyde Barrow (Emile Hirsch) initially burst onto the scene as exciting rebels willing to stand up to the wealthy banks of America and take what they believed was theirs. As their bravery grew and their robberies became bolder, so did the violent fallout from those heists. At the same time, the couple was being glamorized in the media by newspaper writer P.J. Lane (Elizabeth Reaser, the Twilight series), and this only served to feed Bonnie Parkerís quest for fame. While Clyde was no angel in his own right, Bonnieís thirst for violence and fame pushed the couple to commit increasingly more dangerous crimes while leaving a steady stream of corpses in their wake, usually those of policemen, or as they were called back in the day, "the laws." Of course, everyone knows that Bonnie and Clyde died in a hail of gunfire, but it was very interesting to see where they came from and just how and why they became Americaís most wanted couple in their time.

. One of the reasons I was really interested in seeing Bonnie & Clyde was because it was filmed in and around St. Francisville, Louisiana, the town where my husband grew up and a place I called home for several years. It is always cool to see if you can recognize areas of a familiar town and that was part of why I wanted to see the film, but I was pleasantly surprised at how well the film was acted and at the high production value and fantastic costumes.

Emile Hirsch and Holliday Grainger have great chemistry and although they are far more attractive than the actual characters from history, they nailed the attitude, or at least what is portrayed in photos from the time period. Other outstanding actors include Dale Dickey (True Blood) as Clydeís mother, Holly Hunter as Bonnieís mother, and William Hurt as the famed Marshall Frank Hamer. Special features are slim and only include three featurettes, but they were all interesting and worth a watch. One covered the imagery of the Bonnie and Clyde story, while the other two discussed how each actor got into the respective roles of Bonnie and Clyde.

If youíve ever been curious about this bloody portion of American history, you should check out Bonnie & Clyde as itís a very entertaining 2 hours or so. Iím not a historian, so I canít speak to whether or not Bonnie & Clyde is historically accurate, but it definitely captured the visual style of the couple and offers an interesting look at the infamous pair. While not something I would necessarily recommend as a purchase, it is definitely worth a watch.



-Psibabe, GameVortex Communications
AKA Ashley Perkins

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