August 12, 2019 - 6:30 pm
The Tropic’s August Monday Night Classics are focused on Hot Pursuits. The series continues with the 1967 Arthur Penn thriller that made stars of Warren Beatty and Faye Dunaway—and helped establish the rule-breaking “New Hollywood” movement.
Based loosely on the true exploits of 1930s bank robbers Clyde Barrow and Bonnie Parker, the film follows the pair as they become nationally notorious criminals and Depression-era Robin Hoods, falling in love even as police pursue them across the South.
“Bonnie & Clyde” portrayed its protagonists as rebels who empathized with the poor working folks of the 1930s, striking a chord with the counterculture of the 1960s. Its combination of a traditional Hollywood genre with dynamic stars, social relevance, sex and violence set the pace for the groundbreaking American cinema of the next decade.