The Highwaymen

“The Highwaymen” is a show on Netflix that is NOT a steaming pile.

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The story:

Bonnie and Clyde had been running wild and free for too long through Texas and reluctantly the lady Texas Governor allows two former Texas Rangers to join the man-hunt.  The former Rangers are old school and not sophisticated enough to be considered as serious lawmen.  Former Rangers Hamer and Gault track down and kill the criminals.

This version of the Bonnie & Clyde story is superior to the 1967 Warren Beatty version.  The 1967 version glorified the murderous thugs and quite frankly, I was never interested in much of their personal story.  “Highwaymen” takes quick looks at the backgrounds of B&G to develop their character, but certainly does not glorify them or focus on “their” story.

If this were a movie theater movie, it would be Costner’s Academy Award performance.  Just outstanding !!  One minor fault.  Costner will always be mocked for his “English” accent in “Robin Hood”, in “Highwaymen”, he occasionally slips out of voice character into his own voice.

Yes, of course not everything is 100 % accurate in the movie.  Not going to pick nits. It focus’s on the main story and does it well.

3 comments on “The Highwaymen

  1. ROBERT SYKES says:

    Saw a few years ago on HBO or some other cable network. Excellent, and very dark. I think there are three seasons. No happy endings.

  2. jacquejet says:

    After watching this, I read “Texas Ranger: the epic life of Frank Hamer, the man who killed Bonnie And Clyde by John Boessenecker.
    I thought the movie tried very hard to make things as accurate as possible, down to the rifle Hamer/Costner used in the shoot out at the end. The gun depicted was the same make gun he used in real life.
    I enjoyed the movie and recommended it to my friends.

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