While maybe the most violent movie of its time, reading up on the real life Bonnie Parker and Clyde Barrow, it seems the reality was even more grisly and violent. For instance, they killed at least nine police officers and several civilians, and the Texas Ranger Frank Hamer who (amongst others) was tasked with hunting them down, wasn't the slightly fumbling character of the movie, but a man officially credited with 53 kills and having suffered 17 wounds.
Apparently, the fascination with celebrity was already in full effect in 1934, with crowds descending on the mowed down corpses of Parker and Barrow (hit by 25 to 50 bullets each), with one woman cutting off pieces of Bonnie's dress and locks of her bloody hair, while others tried to cut off Clyde's ear and trigger finger. As souvenirs. And more than 20.000 showed up for Bonnie Parker's funeral.
Estelle Parsons won an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress for her portrayal of Blanche Barrow (who understandingly didn't approve of this portrayal) and Gene Wilder was hilarious as the real life undertaker H.D. Darby (called Eugene Grizzard in the movie), who was kidnapped by Bonnie and Clyde and who IRL ended up assisting the embalming of their bodies.Edited by Kaplan - 9/6/16 at 2:07pm