You’ve heard the story of Jesse James, of how he lived and died. If you’re still in need of something to read, here’s the story of Bonnie and Clyde. Now Bonnie and Clyde are the Barrow Gang. I’m sure you all have read how they rob and steal and those who squeal are usually found dying or dead. They call them cold-hearted killers. They say they are heartless and mean. But I say this with pride, that I once knew Clyde when he was honest and upright and clean. But the laws fooled around, kept taking him down and locking him up in a cell. Till he said to me, “I’ll never be free, so I’ll meet a few of them in hell.” If a policeman is killed in Dallas, and they have no clue to guide. If they can’t find a fiend, they just wipe their slate clean and hang it on Bonnie and Clyde. If they try to act like citizens and rent them a nice little flat, about the third night, they’re invited to fight by a sub gun’s rat-a-tat-tat. Someday they’ll go down together. They’ll bury them side by side. To few it’ll be grief, to the law a relief, but it’s death for Bonnie and Clyde.  



A film by Arthur Penn
Bonnie and Clyde (1967)

Producer: Tatira Hiller, Warner Bros, Warren Beaty
Screenplay: David Newman, Robert Benton
Cinematography: Burnett Guffey

“They’re young, they’re in love and they kill people.” was the effective publicity line of this most stylish and uncompromising of gangster pictures based on a true story. In this film, the bank robbers are portrayed as heroic and romantic-star-crosses-lovers caught up in a whirl of violence and passion, meticulously evoked by posed photographes in sepia. The black comedy moves inevitably toward the much imitated ending in slow motion-the pair die in a hail of bullets.