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Bonnie & Clyde in pop culture

Posted 9:50am on Wednesday, Apr. 03, 2013


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After Scarface , perhaps no other criminals have inspired as much pop-culture fascination as Bonnie and Clyde. That interest continues today. The feature film The Story of Bonnie and Clyde is in development, and Deadline.com reported last fall that a TV series overseen by Ryan Tavlin ( Without a Trace) is in the works at Fox. More immediately, a Lifetime/History miniseries, Bonnie and Clyde: Dead and Alive, is in the pipeline starring Emile Hirsch and Holliday Grainger. Here are some of our favorite B&C pop culture moments:

Bonnie and Clyde (1967): Arthur Penn's legendary film starring Warren Beatty and Faye Dunaway divided audiences in its day, with older critics deriding it while young audiences, in an era of protest, took the movie as an anti-establishment manifesto, as well as a fashion statement.

Serge Gainsbourg , Bonnie and Clyde (1967): French provocateur and lothario Gainsbourg teamed with Brigitte Bardot for this duet with French lyrics based on Bonnie Parker's poem, The Trail's End. It would later be sampled by French rapper MC Solaar and covered by rock experimentalists Stereolab as well as the band Luna.

Georgie Fame and the Blue Flames , The Ballad of Bonnie and Clyde (1968): This salute to the crime couple from the English singer showed that people in the U.K. were as enthralled with the legend as Americans. The song was a hit on both sides of the Atlantic.

Merle Haggard , The Legend of Bonnie and Clyde (1968): The country music market wasn't left out of the B&C fascination in the late '60s. This album featured the song of the same name that told of the pair's exploits.

Yo-Yo featuring Ice Cube, The Bonnie and Clyde Theme (1992): Female rapper Yo-Yo teamed with post-NWA Ice Cube for this celebration of co-ed crime everywhere. No doubt, Cube channeled Clyde when he rapped, "Got me a down girl on my team."

Bonnie and Clyde: The Musical (2009-2011): Though not a hit, this production written by Frank Wildhorn and Don Black (part of the team for Dracula The Musical) was nominated for two Tonys in 2012.

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