History Film / BonnieAndClyde

1st Jan '18 4:55:29 AM ClintEastwood
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* StopOrIWillShoot: Bonnie and Clyde are gunned down without warning in a police ambush this was TruthInTelevision. It should be noted that Barrow had shot his way out of several previous attempts to capture him, and his gang had killed nine lawman and several civilians during their crime spree.


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* VerbalBusinessCard: "This here's Miss Bonnie Parker. I'm Clyde Barrow. We rob banks."
* VeryLooselyBasedOnATrueStory: Beyond the significant Historical Hero Upgrade it gives the titular Outlaw Couple and the equally significant HistoricalVillainUpgrade it gives to Frank Hamer, many things in the film were flatly made up. The film's C.W. Moss is a CompositeCharacter of two actual gang members, W.D. Jones and Henry Methvin, and omits many other gang members. Clyde is portrayed in the film as impotent, though there's no basis for this in reality. A nasty car accident that left Bonnie with a permanently lame leg is not in the film, nor is the frequent visits they made to their families. Clyde's motivation for the gang's crime spree is portrayed as anger at the banks for their role in TheGreatDepression, but in reality it was over his abuses at the hands of both guards and inmates during his two-year imprisonment at [[HellholePrison Eastham Prison Farm]], and the gang often targeted small stores and gas stations over banks.
1st Jan '18 4:33:36 AM ClintEastwood
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1st Jan '18 4:33:34 AM ClintEastwood
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* CatchPhrase: "We rob banks."



* DownerEnding: A ForegoneConclusion.

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* DownerEnding: A ForegoneConclusion.The titular OutlawCouple ends up on the recieving end of an [[ThereIsNoKillLikeOverkill absolutely disproportionate amount of]] [[MoreDakka dakka]]. TruthInTelevision.



* MohsScaleOfViolenceHardness: It rates a 7, which is pretty high for a 1967 movie, largely due to the blood splatter from Clyde Barrow (Warren Beatty) pistol-whipping the man in the grocery show in the head, the bank teller's bloody headshot through a car window, and, of course, the [[spoiler: the deaths of the two main characters at the end, complete with a small chunk of Clyde's scalp flying off, if you look carefully enough]].

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* LostInTheMaize: Bonnie runs away through one because she misses her momma.
* MohsScaleOfViolenceHardness: It rates a 7, which is pretty high for a 1967 movie, largely due to the blood splatter from Clyde Barrow (Warren Beatty) pistol-whipping the man in the grocery show in the head, the bank teller's bloody headshot through a car window, and, of course, the [[spoiler: the deaths of the two main characters at the end, complete with a small chunk of Clyde's scalp flying off, if you look carefully enough]].


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* ParallelParking: While the title characters rob a bank, C.W. parallel parks down the street and has trouble getting out as they make their getaway. This gives one of the bank tellers enough time to jump on the car's running board, and when Clyde shoots him he becomes the first murder victim of their crime spree.


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* RealWomenDontWearDresses: Blanche Barrow is portrayed as TheLoad in contrast to Bonnie Parker and, in the real Blanche's own words, [[HystericalWoman "a screaming horses's ass."]] Significant in that the two male leads, Clyde Barrow and Buck Barrow, aren't foiled against each other to the same extreme.
24th Nov '17 11:25:29 AM nombretomado
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* PresentDayPast: The writers and director deliberately downplayed period accuracy to make the film more of a commentary on the '60s. The world of the movie is partly inspired by the '30s and partly by the movies of the FrenchNewWave.

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* PresentDayPast: The writers and director deliberately downplayed period accuracy to make the film more of a commentary on the '60s. The world of the movie is partly inspired by the '30s and partly by the movies of the FrenchNewWave.UsefulNotes/FrenchNewWave.
31st Oct '17 9:55:45 PM ImperialMajestyXO
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** Buck also gets this treatment. He was described as the most hot-tempered of the Barrows, often advocating [[LeaveNoWitnesses killing hostages]] and had once tied two police officers they had captured to a tree with ''barbed wire'', something that even Clyde found distasteful. Buck often got into heated arguments with Clyde as well, as he was uncomfortable taking orders from his younger brother.

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** Buck also gets this treatment. He was described as the most hot-tempered of the Barrows, often advocating [[LeaveNoWitnesses killing hostages]] and had once tied two police officers they had captured to a tree with ''barbed wire'', something that [[EvenEvilHasStandards even Clyde found distasteful.distasteful]]. Buck often got into heated arguments with Clyde as well, as he was uncomfortable taking orders from his younger brother.
16th Sep '17 12:34:33 PM Kitchen90
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* AllThereIsToKnowAboutTheCryingGame: An outlaw couple makes it to the end, in a car, then they get a rain of bullets for their troubles.
16th Aug '17 7:45:56 PM KingClark
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* AffablyEvil: Don't you like Bonnie and Clyde?

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* AffablyEvil: Don't you like Bonnie and Clyde?The two are about the nicest bank robbers you'd ever meet.



* AssholeVictim: They rob banks, which after seeing what the banks have done to the poor folks of the country by foreclosing on their property, makes them look not as bad after all. However, this better describes UsefulNotes/JohnDillinger than it would the real Bonnie and Clyde.

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* AssholeVictim: They rob banks, which after seeing what the banks have done to the poor folks of the country by foreclosing on their property, makes them look not as bad after all. However, this better describes UsefulNotes/JohnDillinger John Dillinger than it would the real Bonnie and Clyde.
24th Jun '17 1:09:32 PM BaronVonFistcrunch
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** Plain-faced, 90-pound Bonnie Parker and shrimpy 5'6 little Clyde Barrow, played by foxy Faye Dunaway and tall, handsome Creator/WarrenBeatty.

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** Plain-faced, 90-pound Bonnie Parker and shrimpy shrimpy, 5'6 little Clyde Barrow, played by foxy Faye Dunaway and tall, handsome Creator/WarrenBeatty.



** The real Clyde was noted for having a HairTriggerTemper with actions that bordered on AxCrazy at his worst; In a 1968 interview with Playboy, former Barrow Gang member W.D. Jones said Clyde was willing to kill anyone "in a hot instant", and described an incident where Clyde had threatened to kill Jones over not changing a tire quickly enough, Bonnie had to pull a gun on Clyde to make him back off. One gang member not portrayed in the film, Raymond Hamilton, left the gang over feeling that Clyde was too violent to stay with, which earned him the hatred of Bonnie and Clyde that lasted until their deaths.

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** The real Clyde was noted for having a HairTriggerTemper with actions that and bordered on AxCrazy at his worst; worst. He often robbed and assaulted bystanders during bank robberies, killed both police and civilians at the slightest provocation, and left hostages tied to trees in the woods. This ruthlessness also extended to his own gang members. In a 1968 interview with Playboy, former Barrow Gang member W.D. Jones said Clyde was willing to kill anyone "in a hot instant", and described an incident where Clyde had threatened to kill Jones him over not changing a tire quickly enough, Bonnie had to pull a gun on Clyde to make him back off. One gang member not portrayed in the film, Raymond Hamilton, left the gang over feeling that Clyde was too violent to stay with, which earned him the hatred of Bonnie and Clyde that lasted until their deaths.



** Clyde's prison time is largely glossed over, and his motive for the crime spree is shown as anger towards the corruption of the banks. Historians believe that prison time had a massive effect on him due to the brutality he suffered while he served his sentence, and his crime spree was largely a RoaringRampageOfRevenge against the prison system and society at large.

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** Clyde's prison time is largely glossed over, and his motive for the crime spree is shown as anger towards the corruption of the banks. Historians now believe that his prison time had a massive effect on him due to the brutality he suffered while he served serving his sentence, and his crime spree was largely a RoaringRampageOfRevenge against the Texas prison system and perhaps society at large.large. Admittedly, the details behind Clyde's prison time only came out [[HistoryMarchesOn well after the film's release]], and it is highly unlikely the filmmakers could have known about it at the time.



** Clyde's [[TheLoinsSleepTonight impotence]] as portrayed in the film has no known basis in reality, though it is likely the filmmakers based this on risque rumors of both Bonnie and Clyde having sexual relationships with other members of their gang. Such rumors were [[DocumentaryOfLies printed as fact]] by the 1963 book ''The Dillinger Days'', and in fact may have been the source for the idea.

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** Clyde's [[TheLoinsSleepTonight impotence]] as portrayed in the film has no known basis in reality, though it is likely the filmmakers based this on risque rumors of both Bonnie and Clyde having sexual relationships with other members of their gang.gang[[note]]the film originally had both Bonnie and Clyde in a relationship with C.W. Moss. this was dumped in the final product for various reasons[[/note]]. Such rumors were [[DocumentaryOfLies printed as fact]] by the 1963 book ''The Dillinger Days'', and in fact may have been the source for the idea.



** The ambush that kills Bonnie and Clyde is portrayed considerably differently than reality. The film's ambush has Clyde outside the car and unarmed by the time the shooting starts, and the motivation for an ambush is primarily Hamer's revenge for his previous treatment as their hostage. The real ambush was conducted by a six-man posse including Hamer, each armed with an automatic rifle, shotgun, and pistol. As soon as their car was spotted and identified, the posse emptied all weapons into their car as it passed by. The reason why a shoot-to-kill ambush with [[NoKillLikeOverkill such excessive firepower]] was [[IDidWhatIHadToDo deemed necessary]] was due to the sheer number of people they had killed; The gang had been credited with the deaths of nine police officers by this point, most of whom had been killed outside of robberies. As at least one previous ambush against them had failed, police weren't interested in taking any further chances.

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** The ambush that kills Bonnie and Clyde is portrayed considerably differently than reality. The film's ambush has Clyde outside the car and unarmed by the time the shooting starts, and the motivation for an ambush is primarily Hamer's revenge for his previous treatment as their hostage. The real ambush was conducted by a six-man posse including Hamer, each armed with an automatic rifle, shotgun, and pistol. As soon as their car was spotted and identified, the posse emptied all of their weapons into their the car as it passed by. The reason why a shoot-to-kill ambush with [[NoKillLikeOverkill such excessive firepower]] was [[IDidWhatIHadToDo deemed necessary]] was due to the sheer number of people they had killed; The gang had been credited with the deaths of nine police officers by this point, most of whom had been killed outside of robberies. As at least one previous ambush against them had failed, police weren't interested in taking any further chances.
7th Jun '17 6:32:22 PM BaronVonFistcrunch
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** The events the film covers have a number of details changed to make the pair more sympathetic. For example, the butcher robbery in the film is based off a real incident where Clyde executed an unarmed shopkeeper during a robbery because [[DisproportionateRetribution the man had talked back to him]]. The sequence with Eugene and Velma is very loosely based on a real incident where a man and woman were kidnapped by Bonnie and Clyde for unintentionally foiling a bank robbery. They intended to take the two into the woods to kill them, but were talked out of murder ''[[BadassBystander by the hostages themselves]]''. The film also leaves out the Grapevine shootings, where Clyde (and possibly Henry Methvin as well) killed two passing police officers without provocation, which was the point where the public lost sympathy for Bonnie and Clyde and was a major factor in their deaths by ambush.
** The ambush that kills Bonnie and Clyde is portrayed considerably differently than reality. The film's ambush has Clyde outside the car and unarmed by the time the shooting starts, and the motivation for an ambush is primarily Hamer's revenge for his previous treatment as their hostage. The real ambush was conducted by a six-man posse, all of whom were armed with an automatic rifle, shotgun, and pistol, which were all emptied into their car as it passed by the posse. The reason why an ambush with such excessive firepower was deemed necessary was due to the sheer number of people they had killed up to that point (especially police - the gang was credited with the deaths of nine officers by this point, several of whom had been killed unprovoked). As at least one previous ambush against them had failed, police weren't interested in taking any further chances.

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** The events the film covers have a number of details changed to make the pair more sympathetic. For example, the butcher robbery in the film is based off a real incident where Clyde executed an unarmed shopkeeper during a robbery because [[DisproportionateRetribution the man had talked back to him]]. The sequence with Eugene and Velma is very loosely based on a real incident where a man and woman were kidnapped by Bonnie and Clyde for unintentionally foiling a bank robbery. They intended to take the two into the woods to kill them, but were talked out of murder ''[[BadassBystander by the hostages themselves]]''.
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The film also leaves out the Grapevine shootings, where Clyde (and possibly Henry Methvin as well) Methvin) killed two passing police officers without provocation, which provocation. This event was the point where the public lost all remaining sympathy for Bonnie and Clyde and was a major deciding factor in their deaths by ambush.
ambush, in part due to an eyewitness claiming that Bonnie had walked up and executed one of the officers ForTheEvulz (said eyewitness later admitted to making this little "fact" up).
** The ambush that kills Bonnie and Clyde is portrayed considerably differently than reality. The film's ambush has Clyde outside the car and unarmed by the time the shooting starts, and the motivation for an ambush is primarily Hamer's revenge for his previous treatment as their hostage. The real ambush was conducted by a six-man posse, all of whom were posse including Hamer, each armed with an automatic rifle, shotgun, and pistol, which were all pistol. As soon as their car was spotted and identified, the posse emptied all weapons into their car as it passed by the posse. by. The reason why an a shoot-to-kill ambush with [[NoKillLikeOverkill such excessive firepower firepower]] was [[IDidWhatIHadToDo deemed necessary necessary]] was due to the sheer number of people they had killed up to that point (especially police - the killed; The gang was had been credited with the deaths of nine police officers by this point, several most of whom had been killed unprovoked).outside of robberies. As at least one previous ambush against them had failed, police weren't interested in taking any further chances.
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