Bonnie and Clyde

Synopsis: Bonnie and Clyde is a 1967 American biographical crime film directed by Arthur Penn and starring Warren Beatty and Faye Dunaway as the title characters Clyde Barrow and Bonnie Parker. The film features Michael J. Pollard, Gene Hackman, and Estelle Parsons, with Denver Pyle, Dub Taylor, Gene Wilder, Evans Evans, and Mabel Cavitt in supporting roles. The screenplay was written by David Newman and Robert Benton. Robert Towne and Beatty provided uncredited contributions to the script; Beatty also produced the film. The soundtrack was composed by Charles Strouse.
Production: Warner Brothers/Seven Arts
  Won 2 Oscars. Another 20 wins & 27 nominations.
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111 min



Blonde, somewhat fragile, intelligent in expression. She is

putting on make-up with intense concentration and

appreciation, applying lipstick and eye make-up. As the

camera slowly pulls back from the closeup we see that we

have been looking into a mirror. She is standing before the

full-length mirror in her bedroom doing her make-up. She

overdoes it in the style of the time: rosebud mouth and so

forth. As the film progresses her make-up will be refined

until, at the end, there is none.

The camera pulls back and continues to move very slowly

throughout the first part of this scene. As the camera

continues to move away, we see, by degrees, that BONNIE is

naked. Her nudity is never blatantly revealed to the

audience, but implied. That is, she should be "covered" in

various ways from the camera's P.O.V., but the audience must

be aware of her exposure to CLYDE later in the scene. This

is the only time in the film that she will ever be this

exposed, in all senses of the word, to the audience. Her

attitude and appraisal of herself here are touched with


The bedroom itself is a second-story bedroom in a lower-

class frame house in West Dallas, Texas. The neighborhood

is low income. Though the room reveals its shabby

surroundings, it also reveals an attempt by BONNIE to fix it

up. Small and corny objets d'art are all over the tops of

the bureaus, vanity tables, etc. (Little glass figurines and

porcelain statuettes and the like.)

BONNIE finishes admiring herself. She walks from the mirror

and moves slowly across the room, the camera moving with

her, until she reaches the screened window on the opposite

wall. The shade is up. There are no curtains. She looks

out the window, looking down, and the camera looks down with



Over her shoulder, we see the driveway leading to the garage

connected to the house. There is an old car parked in the

driveway, its windows open. We see a man walking up the

driveway, somewhat furtively. He is a rather dapper fellow,

dressed in a dark suit with a vest, a white collar, and a

straw boater. It is CLYDE BARROW. Obviously, he is about

to steal the car. He looks it over, checking around him to

make sure no passers-by are coming. He peers inside the

front window to see if the keys are in the ignition. He

studies the dashboard. BONNIE continues watching, silently.

Finally she calls out.



Hey, boy! What you doin' with my

mama's car?


CLYDE, startled, jumps and looks to see who has caught him.

Obviously frightened, he looks up and his face freezes at

what he sees.


We now see what he is looking at: at the open window,

revealed from the waist up, is the naked BONNIE. She looks

down, an impudent half-smile on her face. She doesn't move

or make any attempt to cover herself.


--whose face changes from astonishment to an answering

smile of impudence. (Seeing what he has, he realizes that

this girl is clearly not going to scream for the police.

Already they are in a little game instigated by BONNIE,

sizing each other up, competing in a kind of playful

arrogance. Before they speak, they have become


Close-up of BONNIE, still smiling. Finally she speaks.


Wait there!


Running from the window, she flings open a closet and grabs

a dress, and shoes. She slips on the shoes, and flings the

dress on, running out the door as she does. The camera

tracks with her, moving as fast. As she runs down the

stairs she buttons up the dress.

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David Newman

David Newman (February 4, 1937 – June 27, 2003) was an American screenwriter. From the late 1960s through the early 1980s he frequently collaborated with Robert Benton. He was married to fellow writer Leslie Newman, with whom he had two children, until the time of his death. He died in 2003 of conditions from a stroke. more…

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