Bonnie & Clyde TV Mini movie

Category: Television and Streaming

In this two-part movie “event” the story of Clyde Barrow and Bonnie Parker unfold on three different networks. Lifetime, A&E, and History will all air the new two-part movie Bonnie & Clyde.

Based on the life of this ruthless duo, the movie begins with their first meeting and ends with their deaths. Clyde (Emile Hirsch), a young, charming man and Bonnie (Holiday Grainger), a young woman with beauty and a desire for fame, combined to shoot their way into the history books. In the film Clyde is shown as a somewhat levelheaded man except when it comes to the love of his life, Bonnie Parker. What Bonnie wants, Bonnie gets. And Bonnie wanted more and more fame and fortune.


In the beginning the couple was somewhat tame, if bank robbery can be described as tame. Then violence crept into their MO. And the more time went on, the more violent they became. Bonnie seemed to be ambivalent to the heartache she caused by killing people. She is portrayed as the most ruthless of the two.


Then, when they needed help to pull off bigger jobs, Clyde’s brother Buck (Lane Garrison) and his wife Blanche (Sarah Hyland) joined the couple. This foursome was violent and became the talk of the towns.


When Frank Hammer (William Hurt) joined the hunt for Bonnie and Clyde, their days were numbered.


What is interesting and definitely disturbing about this movie is the way Bonnie and Clyde’s parents and family reacted to their children. They definitely did not agree with the path their kids took, but they didn’t turn their backs on them either. In the beginning the duo was glamorized in the newspapers, but their violence worked against them and they soon became the most hunted couple in history.


Bonnie & Clyde will air on three television networks over two nights. It is being hailed as an “event”. The first night sets up the story and drones on. The second night is obviously the part filled with the most action. This story has been told over and over again. Now, with this new cast, it brings it back to a new generation.

Bonnie & Clyde airs December 8 and 9, 2013 on Lifetime, A&E, and History. This is definitely not a show for kids. There is plenty of violence.

On a side note, the real Bonnie & Clyde car is on display in Primm, Nevada.



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