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* ProducedByCastmember: Creator/WarrenBeatty produced and was instrumental in getting it made (legend has it that he got on his knees and begged Jack L. Warner to make it).


* AbilityOverAppearance: Creator/FayeDunaway was nine inches taller than the real Bonnie Parker.



* DyeingForYourArt: Creator/FayeDunaway only had a few weeks to prepare for the film and, when she was asked to lose weight to give her character a Depression-era look, she went on a starvation diet, stopped eating and dropped thirty pounds.

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* DyeingForYourArt: Creator/FayeDunaway only had a few weeks to prepare for the film and, when she was asked told to lose 25 pounds off her 5'7" frame. For weeks she fasted except for an occasional salad and walked around wearing a 12-pound weight to give belt, with smaller weights around her character a Depression-era look, she went on a starvation diet, stopped eating wrists to help her burn the pounds off faster. She only took the weights off to sleep and dropped thirty pounds.bathe.



** The writers of this film originally hoped to they could get either of the great UsefulNotes/FrenchNewWave directors to helm this film, Creator/FrancoisTruffaut or Creator/JeanLucGodard. Unfortunately, after helping develop the script, Truffaut ultimately decided to direct ''Film/{{Fahrenheit 451}}'' instead and Godard made unreasonable demands when the producers were courting him.[[note]]Supposedly, he wanted to shoot the film in New Jersey ''during winter'', and was deeply offended when they refused. Given his disposition towards Hollywood, he was likely seeing [[TrollingCreator just how much they would let him get away with]].[[/note]] So Creator/ArthurPenn, whom Truffaut had recommended, did it instead.
** Creator/ShirleyMacLaine was considered for Bonnie, but Warren Beatty decided to play Clyde and preferred not to have to [[IncestuousCasting kiss his sister on the mouth on-camera]].
** Creator/JaneFonda turned down the role of Bonnie.
** Creator/NatalieWood, Creator/WarrenBeatty's ex-girlfriend (one of many actually), was considered for the role of Bonnie - and incidentally was actually a lot closer to the real Bonnie's physicality (they were both short ladies).

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** The writers of this film originally hoped to they could get either of the great UsefulNotes/FrenchNewWave directors to helm this film, Creator/FrancoisTruffaut or Creator/JeanLucGodard. Unfortunately, after helping develop the script, Truffaut ultimately decided to direct ''Film/{{Fahrenheit 451}}'' instead and Godard made unreasonable demands when the producers were courting him.[[note]]Supposedly, he wanted to shoot the film in New Jersey ''during winter'', and was deeply offended when they refused. Given his disposition towards Hollywood, he was likely seeing [[TrollingCreator just how much they would let him get away with]].[[/note]] So Creator/ArthurPenn, whom Truffaut had recommended, did it instead.
instead. Creator/SydneyPollack, Creator/JohnSchlesinger, Creator/GeorgeStevens and Creator/WilliamWyler were offered the director's chair.
** Creator/ShirleyMacLaine was considered for Bonnie, but Warren Beatty decided to play Clyde and preferred not to have to [[IncestuousCasting kiss his sister on the mouth on-camera]]. \n** Creator/JaneFonda turned down the role of Bonnie.\n** Creator/NatalieWood, Creator/WarrenBeatty's ex-girlfriend (one of many actually), was considered for the role of Bonnie - and incidentally was actually a lot closer to the real Bonnie's physicality (they were both short ladies). Music/{{Cher}} auditioned for Bonnie Parker, but when her husband/manager at the time, Music/SonnyBono, heard about the audition, he was furious at Creator/WarrenBeatty for letting his wife audition for such a "controversial film". Creator/JaneFonda auditioned for the role and Creator/JulieChristie was also considered.



** Before deciding to play the role himself, producer Creator/WarrenBeatty's first choice for the role of Clyde Barrow was Music/BobDylan, who, at the time, bore a physical resemblance to the actual Clyde.

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** Before deciding to play the role himself, producer Creator/WarrenBeatty's first choice for the role of Clyde Barrow was Music/BobDylan, who, at the time, bore a physical resemblance to the actual Clyde. Truffaut had hoped to cast either Creator/TerranceStamp or Creator/PaulNewman.



** Music/{{Cher}} auditioned for Bonnie Parker, but when her husband/manager at the time, Music/SonnyBono, heard about the audition, he was furious at Creator/WarrenBeatty for letting his wife audition for such a "controversial film".
** Creator/JulieChristie was considered for Bonnie.


* CareerResurrection: Since his StarMakingRole in ''Fim/SplendorInTheGrass'', Creator/WarrenBeatty had been in a succession of films that weren't successful. In producing and starring in this film, he not only turned his career around, but was now a Hollywood powerhouse.

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* CareerResurrection: Since his StarMakingRole in ''Fim/SplendorInTheGrass'', ''Film/SplendorInTheGrass'', Creator/WarrenBeatty had been in a succession of films that weren't successful. In producing and starring in this film, he not only turned his career around, but was now a Hollywood powerhouse.

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* DyeingForYourArt: Creator/FayeDunaway only had a few weeks to prepare for the film and, when she was asked to lose weight to give her character a Depression-era look, she went on a starvation diet, stopped eating and dropped thirty pounds.


** Tuesday Weld was offered Bonnie and came very close to accepting before deciding it would interfere with her newfound role as mother. With Beatty as Clyde this would've been a reunion of [[Series/TheManyLovesOfDobieGillis Thalia Menninger and Milton Armitage]].

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** Tuesday Weld Creator/JulieChristie was offered Bonnie and came very close to accepting before deciding it would interfere with her newfound role as mother. With Beatty as Clyde this would've been a reunion of [[Series/TheManyLovesOfDobieGillis Thalia Menninger and Milton Armitage]].considered for Bonnie.


* CareerResurrection: Since his StarMakingRoe in ''Fim/SplendorInTheGrass'', Creator/WarrenBeatty had been in a succession of films that weren't successful. In producing and starring in this film, he not only turned his career around, but was now a Hollywood powerhouse.

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* CareerResurrection: Since his StarMakingRoe StarMakingRole in ''Fim/SplendorInTheGrass'', Creator/WarrenBeatty had been in a succession of films that weren't successful. In producing and starring in this film, he not only turned his career around, but was now a Hollywood powerhouse.


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* CareerResurrection: Since his StarMakingRoe in ''Fim/SplendorInTheGrass'', Creator/WarrenBeatty had been in a succession of films that weren't successful. In producing and starring in this film, he not only turned his career around, but was now a Hollywood powerhouse.


* ItWillNeverCatchOn: Creator/WarnerBrothers had so little faith in the film that, in an unprecedented move, it offered its first-time producer Creator/WarrenBeatty 40% of the gross instead of a minimal fee. The movie then went on to gross over $50 million. Jack L. Warner, who was already angry with Beatty over past disagreements, despised the film and clashed frequently with Beatty throughout the film's production. During his screening of the film, Warner excused himself three times use the restroom and later called it "a three piss picture".

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* UncreditedRole: Creator/RobertTowne was an uncredited script doctor on the film.


** Likewise, many films in the OutlawCouple genre (also inspired by other real-life and similar incidents) followed on: ''The Honeymoon Killers, Film/{{Badlands}}, Film/ThievesLikeUs, Film/TheSugarlandExpress'' to name a few.

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** Likewise, many films in the OutlawCouple genre (also inspired by other real-life and similar incidents) followed on: ''The Honeymoon Killers, ''Film/TheHoneymoonKillers, Film/{{Badlands}}, Film/ThievesLikeUs, Film/TheSugarlandExpress'' to name a few.


* ItWillNeverCatchOn: Warner Brothers had so little faith in the film that, in an unprecedented move, it offered its first-time producer Creator/WarrenBeatty 40% of the gross instead of a minimal fee. The movie then went on to gross over $50 million. Jack L. Warner, who was already angry with Beatty over past disagreements, despised the film and clashed frequently with Beatty throughout the film's production. During his screening of the film, Warner excused himself three times use the restroom and later called it "a three piss picture".
* TheRedStapler: Thousand of berets were sold worldwide after Faye Dunaway wore them in this film.

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* ItWillNeverCatchOn: Warner Brothers Creator/WarnerBrothers had so little faith in the film that, in an unprecedented move, it offered its first-time producer Creator/WarrenBeatty 40% of the gross instead of a minimal fee. The movie then went on to gross over $50 million. Jack L. Warner, who was already angry with Beatty over past disagreements, despised the film and clashed frequently with Beatty throughout the film's production. During his screening of the film, Warner excused himself three times use the restroom and later called it "a three piss picture".
* TheRedStapler: Thousand of berets were sold worldwide after Faye Dunaway Creator/FayeDunaway wore them in this film.



* StarMakingRole: For Creator/WarrenBeatty and Faye Dunaway. To a lesser extent for Creator/GeneHackman, though he wouldn't quite be recognized as a leading man until ''Film/TheFrenchConnection'' a few years later.
* WagTheDirector: Creator/WarrenBeatty and Creator/ArthurPenn quarreled constantly during filming, as the star questioned almost every one of the director's choices. As a result, the rest of the cast often spent hours waiting for them to settle their differences. One major bone of contention was Penn's insistence that they add a scene in which Bonnie and Clyde pretend to be dead. Beatty insisted the idea was ridiculously pretentious, but Creator/RobertTowne tried to write it anyway. The writer soon realized that Beatty was right, but cautioned him to avoid a confrontation on the matter. In his opinion, Penn was only holding onto the idea out of insecurity - he couldn't admit he was wrong. After a few weeks of filming bolstered Penn's confidence, Towne was sure he'd drop the idea, which is exactly what happened.

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* StarMakingRole: For Creator/WarrenBeatty and Faye Dunaway.Creator/FayeDunaway. To a lesser extent for Creator/GeneHackman, though he wouldn't quite be recognized as a leading man until ''Film/TheFrenchConnection'' a few years later.
* WagTheDirector: Creator/WarrenBeatty and Creator/ArthurPenn quarreled quarrelled constantly during filming, as the star questioned almost every one of the director's choices. As a result, the rest of the cast often spent hours waiting for them to settle their differences. One major bone of contention was Penn's insistence that they add a scene in which Bonnie and Clyde pretend to be dead. Beatty insisted the idea was ridiculously pretentious, but Creator/RobertTowne tried to write it anyway. The writer soon realized that Beatty was right, but cautioned him to avoid a confrontation on the matter. In his opinion, Penn was only holding onto the idea out of insecurity - he couldn't admit he was wrong. After a few weeks of filming bolstered Penn's confidence, Towne was sure he'd drop the idea, which is exactly what happened.



** The writers of this film originally hoped to they could get either of the great FrenchNewWave directors to helm this film, Creator/FrancoisTruffaut or Creator/JeanLucGodard. Unfortunately, after helping develop the script, Truffaut ultimately decided to direct ''Film/{{Fahrenheit 451}}'' instead and Godard made unreasonable demands when the producers were courting him.[[note]]Supposedly, he wanted to shoot the film in New Jersey ''during winter'', and was deeply offended when they refused. Given his disposition towards Hollywood, he was likely seeing [[TrollingCreator just how much they would let him get away with]].[[/note]] So Creator/ArthurPenn, whom Truffaut had recommended, did it instead.

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** The writers of this film originally hoped to they could get either of the great FrenchNewWave UsefulNotes/FrenchNewWave directors to helm this film, Creator/FrancoisTruffaut or Creator/JeanLucGodard. Unfortunately, after helping develop the script, Truffaut ultimately decided to direct ''Film/{{Fahrenheit 451}}'' instead and Godard made unreasonable demands when the producers were courting him.[[note]]Supposedly, he wanted to shoot the film in New Jersey ''during winter'', and was deeply offended when they refused. Given his disposition towards Hollywood, he was likely seeing [[TrollingCreator just how much they would let him get away with]].[[/note]] So Creator/ArthurPenn, whom Truffaut had recommended, did it instead.

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* ColbertBump: Lester Flatt and Earl Scruggs (and {{Bluegrass}} in general) got a huge boost after "Foggy Mountain Breakdown" was featured prominently on the soundtrack.


** Likewise, many films in the OutlawCouple genre (also inspired by other real-life and similar incidents) followed on: ''The Honeymoon Killers, Film/{{Badlands}}, Thieves Like Us, Film/TheSugarlandExpress'' to name a few.

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** Likewise, many films in the OutlawCouple genre (also inspired by other real-life and similar incidents) followed on: ''The Honeymoon Killers, Film/{{Badlands}}, Thieves Like Us, Film/ThievesLikeUs, Film/TheSugarlandExpress'' to name a few.


* FollowTheLeader: The film's success inspired a few {{exploitation film}}s about other '30s gangsters, such as ''Film/ABullet ForPrettyBoy'', starring former teen idol Fabian Forte as Pretty Boy Floyd, ''Bloody Mama'' (1970), starring Creator/ShelleyWinters as Ma Barker and directed by Creator/RogerCorman, and ''Film/{{Dillinger}}'', starring Warren Oates and directed by Creator/JohnMilius.

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The film's success inspired a few {{exploitation film}}s about other '30s gangsters, such as ''Film/ABullet ForPrettyBoy'', starring former teen idol Fabian Forte as Pretty Boy Floyd, ''Bloody Mama'' (1970), starring Creator/ShelleyWinters as Ma Barker and directed by Creator/RogerCorman, and ''Film/{{Dillinger}}'', starring Warren Oates and directed by Creator/JohnMilius.Creator/JohnMilius.
** Likewise, many films in the OutlawCouple genre (also inspired by other real-life and similar incidents) followed on: ''The Honeymoon Killers, Film/{{Badlands}}, Thieves Like Us, Film/TheSugarlandExpress'' to name a few.

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** Tuesday Weld was offered Bonnie and came very close to accepting before deciding it would interfere with her newfound role as mother. With Beatty as Clyde this would've been a reunion of [[Series/TheManyLovesOfDobieGillis Thalia Menninger and Milton Armitage]].

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