The Highwaymen

Rated 3.0

Kevin Costner and Woody Harrelson play Frank Hamer and Maney Gault, two former Texas Marshals who come out of retirement to help hunt and kill the infamous Bonnie and Clyde. John Lee Hancock (The Blind Side) directs from a script by John Fusco that basically amounts to a road movie as Hamer and Gault deal with each other’s aging foibles as they hunt down two of the most notorious criminals in American history. As road movies go, it’s a pretty good one, with Costner playing the crustier guy to Harrelson’s quirkier guy. The movie stands as a decent companion piece to the ’67 Arthur Penn classic Bonnie and Clyde starring Warren Beatty and Faye Dunaway. In fact, I watched that one directly after this, and they fit together quite nicely. Bonnie and Clyde make brief, but memorable, appearances in this one, with Costner and Harrelson getting the vast majority of screen time. At the time of the hunt, the FBI and many lawmen were trying to find Bonnie and Clyde, but failing. Hamer and Gault make for an interesting story about how, sometimes, you just have to go old school. (Streaming on Netflix.)