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#1 Waffen Und Bier

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Posted 31 March 2019 - 08:35 PM

Netflix movie about Frank Hamer and Bonnie and Clyde. Don't know how accurate it is, but it looks ok.

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Posted 31 March 2019 - 09:16 PM

It is more accurate than most movies of this type.  The newspapers hyped Bonnie and Clyde up and depending on the geographical region were less than neutral.  The pair killed police officers who were not a threat to them.   When the actual facts are examined, it seems that killing was more to them than just silencing witnesses or to further their escape.  


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Posted 01 April 2019 - 05:11 AM

I enjoyed the movie. Pretty realistic view of the times, even though I really have no reference.

I did find it odd that Hamer was able to buy a Thompson, Colt Monitor and a BART at some Podunk town's local gun shop.

And there's Bonnie at the prison escape with the Thompson.

But, all in all, much better than previous movies on the subject.

I saw a movie years ago, probably made for TV, that was better than the 1967 version, called  "Bonnie and Clyde: The True Story (1992). Not exactly true, but at least they had BAR's.


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Posted 01 April 2019 - 06:35 PM

So my part in this film was cut to a minuscule moment, but that is me in the body armor with the Thompson and  the two motorcycles passing by me. I also had one scene in a group with Cathy Bates. Haven't had the chance to see this yet but I'm looking forward to it. Here is the original post regarding this film and the passing of of our good friend Sandy. It's always amazed me on all the films that I've worked on that so much film is shot and what actually makes it to to he final print is only a fraction of what was shot. The editor of the film is really the man who makes the film. 

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Posted 01 April 2019 - 07:05 PM

So my part in this film was cut to a minuscule moment, but that is me in the body armor with the Thompson and  the two motorcycles passing by me. I also had one scene in a group with Cathy Bates. Haven't had the chance to see this yet but I'm looking forward to it. Here is the original post regarding this film and the passing of of our good friend Sandy. It's always amazed me on all the films that I've worked on that so much film is shot and what actually makes it to to he final print is only a fraction of what was shot. The editor of the film is really the man who makes the film. 

http://www.machinegu...showtopic=21611

 

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Yeah, I saw you in the "robot" suit, walking down the center of the road and hoisting the Tommy...good stuff.

 

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Posted 02 April 2019 - 10:48 PM

Saw the movie tonight. Entertaining.
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Posted 02 April 2019 - 10:52 PM

Got to watch it tonight. It was well done. As people have written, Costner and Harrelson were as advertised. Cars, guns, and scenery were all great too. I was not aware there was such a thing as the bullet proof suit that Mike Hammer wore. Ridiculous looking contraption. It was time well-spent.

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Posted 03 April 2019 - 05:29 PM

I just wished Sandy was around to offer his sage opinion on the film ....I thought of him during the driving scenes, and the ambush scene. :(

 

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Posted 03 April 2019 - 09:33 PM

I'm sure Sandy would have had alot to say about the cars. . . 


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Posted 04 April 2019 - 09:39 AM

I enjoyed the movie and it was far better than I expected. Of course, I could nit pick over a few inaccuracies taken here and there but overall I liked it. 

 

I'd like to add that if you haven't read "Texas Ranger" by John Boessenecker you really should find a copy. What a life Hamer lived!


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Posted 04 April 2019 - 03:38 PM

In the ambush scene, I was saying to myself that it looked like the part of Louisiana where it originally took place. I found out the next day (yesterday) that they filmed the ambush scene in the same location that the original ambush took place. How is that for authenticity?


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Posted 04 April 2019 - 06:40 PM

I'd like to add that if you haven't read "Texas Ranger" by John Boessenecker you really should find a copy. What a life Hamer lived!

 

I just downloaded the audiobook for this yesterday. ;)

 

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Posted 04 April 2019 - 08:47 PM

I was talking to "The Highwaymen"  Director John Lee Hancock at the Scottsdale, Arizona Premier and he said rather than go Slo-Mo death scene as In the Warren Beatty Version that scene is in real time taking the exact screen time to "End It" as Frank Hamer said, based on the Lawmen's recollections, I really enjoyed the film.

 

 

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Posted 05 April 2019 - 12:26 PM

Got to watch it tonight. It was well done. As people have written, Costner and Harrelson were as advertised. Cars, guns, and scenery were all great too. I was not aware there was such a thing as the bullet proof suit that Mike Hammer wore. Ridiculous looking contraption. It was time well-spent.

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I was told the "Robot" get-up that I wore in the film was made up from drawings of armor from that time period but I never learned if such a thing really existed. I actually could see pretty well out of the small window although my peripheral vision was limited. Had a working light on top, really just for show. The hardest part was holding the '21 Thompson w/50 rd drum with one arm. I'm always amazed at the money spent on Hollywood films, I seem to recall the prop guy telling me it cost something like 20 or 30 grand to fab the suit up. Costner got a kick out of it. Actor William Sadler was fascinated by "The Robot" as were all the kids playing background actors. I think that scene was meant to show the how the feds were sometimes ridiculous in their methods to stop the deadly duo.

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Posted 05 April 2019 - 02:43 PM

But think of the money saved in make up.
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Posted 06 April 2019 - 01:33 PM

I got to work as an armorer on The New Leave It To Beaver Show during the epsiode where Beaver played a G Man shooting a Thompson. No pics but I was able to get the cast to sign a prop newspaper they made up for the show. They were all very nice people. I miss those days.

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Posted 06 April 2019 - 06:28 PM

Bonnie's got herself a modified Thompson...fires from a closed, non-reciprocating bolt :)

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Posted 06 April 2019 - 11:09 PM

I just finished watching it a few minutes ago.  Except for a few technical inaccuracies, I really enjoyed it.  I liked the cinematography a lot.  I also thought Woody Harrelson's acting was exceptional.

 

It's interesting how widely ranged the reviews I've heard have been.  Here on the board, it has good reviews.  I was listening to the Bob and Tom show on the radio last week, and the folks on the show hated it, saying it was 2 hours of their life they'd never get back.  I just don't get that point of view after seeing it myself.

 

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Posted 07 April 2019 - 08:27 AM

I just finished watching it a few minutes ago.  Except for a few technical inaccuracies, I really enjoyed it.  I liked the cinematography a lot.  I also thought Woody Harrelson's acting was exceptional.

 

It's interesting how widely ranged the reviews I've heard have been.  Here on the board, it has good reviews.  I was listening to the Bob and Tom show on the radio last week, and the folks on the show hated it, saying it was 2 hours of their life they'd never get back.  I just don't get that point of view after seeing it myself.

 

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Dave, 

 

Those folks probably missed the point that "The Highwaymen" wasn't about Bonnie & Clyde. One thing I like about Netflix is they will produce a niche movie like this. A movie that those of us who are knowledgeable on the subject can watch and then say "that was actually quite well done". 


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Posted 07 April 2019 - 07:33 PM

The B&C apologists aren't happy with any movie that doesn't promote the revisionist fantasy of the two being "Robin Hoods" (like that 1967 travesty did), instead of the mad dog, cop-killing POS scumbags they really were. ;)

 

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