Former Texas Rangers Frank Hamer and Maney Gault join forces to try and capture notorious outlaws Bonnie Parker and Clyde Barrow.
Initial release: March 15, 2019 (USA)
Director: John Lee Hancock
Distributed by: Netflix
Music composed by: Thomas Newman
Screenplay: John Lee Hancock, John Fusco, Scott Frank
Film synopsis :
Netflix has released the trailer for The Highwaymen. The film follows the “untold true story” of the former Texas Rangers (played by Kevin Costner and Woody Harrelson) who captured and killed the notorious outlaws Bonnie and Clyde. The detectives were notable because they relied on their instincts and old school skills rather than the latest technology employed by the FBI.
Does anyone watch 1967’s Bonnie and Clyde and think, “I wonder what the detectives were up to?” While there’s nothing necessarily wrong with being on the side of law enforcement, they don’t seem like the most electric and intriguing part of this story, and even the film’s synopsis is like, “And these heroes didn’t use any newfangled things like science or technology to stop criminals!” While I like Costner and Harrelson, this seems like the least interesting angle available on this story, and I don’t really trust a director like John Lee Hancock to imbue with much life considering he drained the ugliness and callousness from a brutal story like The Founder. Maybe this one will be surprising, but the trailer doesn’t inspire much confidence for the movie being more than “Hard-nosed lawmen get the job done!” Something tells me we won’t be talking about this one like we still do with Bonnie and Clyde.
Check out The Highwaymen trailer below. The film will play in theaters on March 15th before arriving on Netflix on March 29th. The Highwaymen also stars Kathy Bates and Kim Dickens.
|Directed by||John Lee Hancock|
|Music by||Thomas Newman|
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Netflix releases a trailer for The Highwaymen, in which Kevin Costner and Woody Harrelson hunt down two of America’s most infamous criminals, Bonnie Parker and Clyde Barrow. The crime drama examines the perspectives of two real-life Texas Rangers, while paying less attention to the Depression-era antagonists who killed at least nine police officers and four civilians while robbing banks throughout the United States.
In 1967, Arthur Penn released the film Bonnie and Clyde, which helped kick off the New Hollywood movement and further glamorized Parker and Barrow. Over the years, photos old and new have romanticized the bank robbers’ relationship, which ended abruptly when they were gunned down on May 23, 1934 in Louisiana. Parker was 23-years-old at the time of her death, and Barrow was 25. In 2017, a previously unpublished photo emerged which purportedly shows Bonnie and Clyde embracing in Joplin, Missouri, shortly before they were tracked down. After 102 days of actively pursuing the bank robbers, Texas Ranger Frank Hamer and his six-man posse ultimately located the duo and fired over 100 rounds. In The Highwaymen, directed by John Lee Hancock (The Blind Side), Costner portrays Hamer and Harrelson co-stars as fellow Ranger Maney Gault.
Today, Netflix released The Highwaymen’s trailer, which begins with some light-hearted banter between Costner and Harrelson’s characters as they discuss their battle wounds and health. From there, the clip establishes the appropriate narrative context, while introducing government officials like Kathy Bates’ Ma Ferguson and John Carroll Lynch’s Lee Simmons. By the second half, the trailer details the painstaking investigative efforts of both Hamer and Gault, all the while using quick edits to briefly show Bonnie and Clyde. Overall, The Highwaymen trailer prioritizes mood over flashy visuals, along with the inherent danger faced by the titular lead characters. In the last shot, Harrelson declares: “Clyde may be King, but I’m a Texas Ranger.” See the trailer and poster below.
In 1993, Hancock collaborated with Costner for the Clint Eastwood drama A Perfect World. The road film chronicles a Texas Ranger’s pursuit of a convict, and Hancock wrote the script. While The Highwaymen has a similar premise, the story was written by John Fusco, the scribe behind the Billy the Kid movies Young Guns and Young Guns II. Fusco reportedly pitched The Highwaymen over a decade ago, hoping to shed more light on the Bonnie and Clyde case by telling Hamer’s story. The Highwaymen is set to premiere at South by Southwest next month and will debut on Netflix soon after.
With two established and relevant stars in Costner and Harrelson, The Highwaymen has the potential to be more than just another Western.
In addition, both Hancock and Fusco have the resumes to suggest that Frank Hamer’s story is in good hands.