“We got ourselves a one way ticket, [and] there’s nothing you can do once you get on but ride right to the end of the line.”
Blonde gunslinger Bonnie Parker (Dorothy Provine) goes on a shooting spree across the nation with her boyfriend, Guy Darrow (Jack Hogan).
AIP’s exploitation flick about notorious fugitive Bonnie Parker features one of the strongest females in 1950s cinema. As portrayed by voluptuous Dorothy Provine, Parker is a beautiful woman who, tired of being let down by the men who desire her, discovers the addictive power of guns, and doesn’t stop shooting until her rounds (and her luck) are finally exhausted. She’s smart, sassy, and single-minded — a “cigar smoking hellcat”, according to the movie’s tagline. While the movie doesn’t strive for authenticity or accuracy — its characters dress in modern garb despite the 1930s setting, for instance — it’s nonetheless a surprisingly fun ride while it lasts.
Redeeming Qualities and Moments:
- Dorothy Provine’s strong, sexy performance as Parker
Plenty of zingy one-liners and retorts, as when Bonnie states drolly, “I didn’t lose my nerve; I know right where I left it.”
Yes. This little-seen precursor to Arthur Penn’s highly acclaimed Bonnie and Clyde (1969) remains an effective B-budget biopic.