For Love of the Bad Guys

        The movie Bonnie and Clyde, 1967, is a movie that has a large amount of history in it. This is one of the first movies in American cinema that made it okay for people to rob banks and kill people in a movie. This movie is about a bank-robbing couple Clyde (Warren Beatty) and Bonnie (Faye Dunaway).

        Beatty and Dunaway were great actors in this movie. The two of them seemed to have a wonderful on-screen chemistry. They also made it more acceptable for people to feel sympathy for the two characters that were highlighted in the movie. In the beginning of the movie Bonnie comes across as a sweet girl; then, after she and Clyde "knock over" a few stores, they soon move up to banks.

        After the police and many other people want the couple and their Barrow gang, (Bonnie, Clyde, C. W. Moss (Michael J. Pollard) Buck (Gene Hackman) and his wife, Blanche (Estelle Parsons), and they begin to move from having fun to taking things seriously. Once they realize that their lives are in danger, they begin to have to use force and violence to protect themselves. Eventually the gang members find themselves in real trouble and by the end of the movie some of them are facing their final fate of death.

        This movie allowed people to feel sympathy for the "bad guys." Even though this couple and their gang were not really good people, they give the audience something positive to feel in the movie. This was the first time this was really attempted in a movie like this, and it helped pave the way for future movies of this kind.

Elizabeth Barrett

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