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I watched this the other day as it was free to Prime members on Amazon Video.

I remember seeing it a good few years ago, though I had no idea then that it was so inaccurate.

In the film, the Barrow gang numbers 5: Clyde Barrow (Warren Beatty); Bonnie Parker (Faye Dunaway); Buck Barrow, Clyde's brother (Gene Hackman); Blanche, Buck's wife (Estelle Parsons**), and C.W. Moss (Michael J. Pollard).

**Estelle Parsons played Roseanne's mom in Roseanne. Blanche Barrow went to see the film with her 3rd husband and was mortified at the shrieking hysterical persona her character was portrayed with.

In reality, C.W. Moss never existed. Though the gang usually numbered 5, the fifth member seems to have changed a number of times but C.W. was, apparently, mostly based on W.D. Jones (a long-term friend of Clyde's).

The film also depicts them rather sympathetically, with them only killing in order to escape or defend themselves.

It's a weird film. At times the getaways are accompanied by comic music, as if it was one big caper, then the film ends abruptly with Bonnie and Clyde being ambushed and shot a huge number of times by hidden lawmen.

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