Texas Focus: Bonnie and Clyde on 35 mm

Film Screening and Discussion

April 20, 2017 7:00pm - 9:00pm

Join the Bullock for a special 50th anniversary, 35mm screening and conversation about the film Bonnie and Clyde as part of the Texas Focus film series, a cinematic exploration of the Texas narrative. 

Bonnie Parker, a bored waitress falls in love with an ex-con named Clyde Barrow and together they start a violent crime spree through the country, robbing cars and banks.

Event Details

Join the Bullock Museum for a screening and conversation about the biographical crime film Bonnie and Clyde as part of the Bullock's Texas Focus film series.

  • Included with your ticket is a 6:00 p.m. welcoming reception with a cash bar.
  • Film screening from 7:00 p.m.- 9:00 p.m.
  • Q&A following the screening.
  • Entrance for this screening will be at the IMAX lobby doors.

Your ticket purchase supports the Bullock Museum's exhibitions and educational programming.

Film Details

Rating: NR
Suggested age: 18+
Starring: Warren Beatty, Faye Dunaway, Michael J. Pollard, Gene Hackman, Estelle Parsons
Director: Arthur Penn
Writers: David Newman, Robert Benton
Runtime: 111 min.
Genre: Action, biography, crime
Release year: 1967

About the Film

Bonnie Elizabeth Parker (October 1, 1910 – May 23, 1934) and Clyde Chestnut Barrow a.k.a. Clyde Champion Barrow (March 24, 1909 – May 23, 1934) were American criminals and Texans who traveled the central United States with their gang during the Great Depression, robbing people and killing when cornered or confronted.

The poem that Bonnie reads aloud in the rented flat is "The Story of Suicide Sal," written by Bonnie Parker in 1932.

Roger Ebert gave Bonnie and Clyde a largely positive review, giving it four stars out of four. He called the film "a milestone in the history of American movies, a work of truth and brilliance." More than 30 years later, he added the film to his The Great Movies list. For some members of the counterculture, the film was considered to be a "rallying cry."

The film received Academy Awards for Best Supporting Actress (Estelle Parsons) and Best Cinematography (Burnett Guffey). It was among the first 100 films selected for preservation in the United States National Film Registry and was filmed all across Texas including in Dallas, Denton, Red Oak, Waxahachie and more.

2017 marks the 50th anniversary of the film.

About the Filmmaker

Arthur Hiller Penn (September 1922 – September 2010) was an American director and producer of film, television and theater. Penn directed critically acclaimed films throughout the 1960s such as the drama The Chase (1966), the biographical crime film Bonnie and Clyde (1967) and the comedy Alice's Restaurant (1969). He also got attention for his revisionist Western Little Big Man (1970).  Penn made his name directing television dramas and made his feature film debut in 1958.  

About the Texas Spirit Theater and Tickets

The Texas Spirit Theater on the Museum's second floor hosts original film series, artist talks, lectures, live music performances, and daily showings of multi-sensory films.

Museum Members enjoy free unlimited IMAX® documentary films, discounts on feature film tickets, free exhibition admission, discounts in the Museum Store, and more. Learn More.

Learn about ticket prices, refund policies, and parking (free after 5 pm). For evening programs, please enter through the Bullock Museum IMAX Theatre.