Celebrating The 50th Anniversary Of Bonnie And Clyde
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1. Michael J. Pollard didn’t realize in eating scenes that you don’t actually eat all the food because of the possibility of repeated takes.
Sure enough, he soon regretted it in the scene in which the outlaws kidnap a couple and eat their lunch in the car. By the 12th take, Pollard was feeling decidedly ill, having had to eat 12 whole hamburgers.
2. One of Arthur Penn’s intentions was to make the character of Blanche as hysterical as possible.
This was done in order to make Bonnie look even cooler.
The real Blanche Barrow sued Warner Brothers over the way she was depicted in the film.
In reality, Barrow was the same age as Bonnie Parker, arguably better looking than her, she was not a preacher’s daughter and had married Buck knowing full well that he was an escaped prisoner and twice divorced.
3. Roger Ebert had only been a film critic for six months when he saw this film.
He hailed it as the first masterpiece he had seen on the job.
4. The family gathering scene was filmed in Red Oak, Texas. Several local residents were watching the film being shot, when the filmmakers noticed Mabel Cavitt, a local school teacher, among the people gathered.
She was chosen then and there to play Bonnie Parker’s mother.
5. In one scene, while holding up a bank, Clyde Barrow tells a farmer he can keep his own money. (“Is that your money or the bank’s?” “It’s mine.” “You keep it then.”)
In real life, it was bank robber Pretty Boy Floyd who allowed a farmer to keep his own money during a holdup.
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