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Bonnie Parker and Clyde Barrow are the main antagonists of the 2019 crime film The Highwaymen, based on the real-life outlaws of the same names. Despite being the main antagonists, they barely appear until the end of the film, with the majority of the film revolving around law enforcement's hunt for the two.

Bonnie was portrayed by Emily Brobst, and Clyde was portrayed by Edward Bossert.

Biography

Bonnie and Clyde are an outlaw couple and the leaders of the Barrow Gang responsible for a crime spree all over America, robbing banks and killing people or taking them hostage. Their crimes include the murder of a petrol station attendant who was killed to get out of paying a four dollar price for the petrol.

At the beginning of the film, they raid Eastham Prison, Texas, and break out several gang members. The Texan government recruits former Texas Rangers Frank Hamer and Benjamin Maney Gault to hunt them down, over the objections of Governor Barker. Meanwhile, the gang are involved in a shootout with police in Missouri, killing several cops. One of the officers is non-fatally wounded, but Bonnie kicks him in the side of the head so he's forced to look up and see her take aim before she shoots him in the face.

Through wiretapping, Hamer and Gault conclude that Bonnie and Clyde are going to visit their family in Dallas. Watching Bonnie's mother's house, they see a boy carrying a message in a bottle from the house but fail to catch him. The FBI dismiss their theory, but soon after the gang kill two police officers in Grapevine on their way to Dallas, with Bonnie once again executing a wounded officer.

Hamer and Gault are able to trace Bonnie and Clyde's movements through Oklahoma and up to a migrant camp where the two stayed. They then hear on the radio that the couple have killed two more cops in Kansas and evade a police roadblock to hunt them down. The two correctly guess that they will go to Coffeyville for supplies and get their first; however, when Bonnie and Clyde do arrive an adoring crowd mobs them and prevents Hamer and Gault from getting a clear shot. They give chase and pursue them until they escape through a dirt field. A radio broadcast the next day reveals they managed to reach Amarillo.

Hamer persuades Department of Corrections chief Lee Simmons to furlough imprisoned Barrow Gang member Wade McNabb in order to interrogate him. They discover that Bonnie plans to visit a hairdressers back in Dallas. Surveilling Bonnie's mother again, Gault subdues the boy from before after seeing him with another message, finding that Bonnie and Clyde are going somewhere else. They realize that McNabb must have warned them and go to confront him, finding him beaten to death by Clyde.

Hamer and Gault theorize that Bonnie and Clyde are going to Bienville, Louisiana, home of Ivy Methvin, father of gang member Henry Methvin. They set a trap for them, joining forces with Sheriff Henderson Jordan, Deputy Prentiss Oakley and Dallas deputies Ted Hinton and Bob Alcorn. Ivy's truck is staged as if it's broken down so that when Bonnie and Clyde arrive the next day, they stop to help him. Hamer, Gault and the others all jump out with shotguns and surround them, ordering them to surrender. Instead, Bonnie tries to draw her gun and both her and Clyde are shot to death. Clyde's body slumps over the accelerator post-mortem, causing the car to move forward a few feet before hitting a bush.

The bullet-riddled car containing the couple's bodies is towed back into town while the police attempt to keep back a crowd of onlookers.

Trivia

  • Although the film is mostly accurate, it does get several things wrong:
    • Bonnie Parker never killed anybody. The only account of her doing so, a witness who said she killed a cop during the Grapevine shootout, was later discredited.
    • The couple never killed a petrol station attendant over four dollars.
    • While who killed Wade McNabb is unknown, it's generally accepted that it wasn't Bonnie and Clyde.
    • The film says that thousands of people attended the funerals of Bonnie and Clyde; this is only true of Bonnie, as Clyde had a private funeral.

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