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The Highwaymen | John Lee Hancock

April 4, 2019

Released in 1967, Arthur Penn’s Bonnie & Clyde was the New Hollywood urtext: young, sexy, fast, and violent. It’s impossible to view The Highwaymen as anything but a purposeful riposte to that earlier film — a stodgy, old fashioned, purportedly ‘true story’ of the lawmen that gunned down Bonnie Parker and Clyde Barrow. John Lee Hancock’s film isn’t particularly good, but it’s a fascinatingly contradictory work. Portraying former Texas Rangers Frank Hamer (Kevin Costner) and Maney Gault (Woody Harrelson) as battle weary warriors called…

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