This review of The Highwaymen was from a viewing on Netflix. The film stars Kevin Costner, Woody Harrelson and Kathy Bates in a film about A pair of Texas Rangers who are hired to come out of retirement to catch the infamous outlaws Bonnie and Clyde..

The film is directed by John Lee Hancock (The Blind Side, Saving Mr Banks, The Rookie), who has a pretty decent track record of great films.

The film starts out following Frank Hamer (Costner) who is asked to come out of retirement to catch Bonnie and Clyde. The two have been kicking up a storm of violence in their wake as they enjoy their notoriety as criminals.

Along the way, Hamer goes and picks up his old partner, Maney Gault (Harrelson), to help him track the criminal duo.

We follow them as they leave their jurisdiction in pursuit of the pair, their given task, and promise, to bring down the two. Along the way, they've we see some of the horrendous acts they execute.

Along the way we learn about the two as they bicker and banter back and forth about their past deeds and recollections.

It's sobering and at times, humorous, as we learn that everywhere Hamer goes, people ask him if he's that guy. Apparently he has quite the history as a Texas Ranger.


Historically speaking, the film seemed accurate enough to inspire me to actually look it up and find out some things, rather than rest on my laurels about what I know about the criminal duo.  Popular lore that is not confirmed can be rather disappointing.

Be that as it may, Costner pretty much plays the character he tends to play, while Harrelson continues to do what he does, and that's play a multitude of different characters, this one being no different, or actually, quite different, so it's pretty refreshing.


All in all, I went from watching a movie that seemed informative or entertaining and graduated to looking into the legend of Bonnie and Clyde.

In the end, the film ended in what seemed like a rather accurate historical representation of how their crime wave was ended, and I found that I had enjoyed this mildly slow, methodically paced film for what it was.

I agree with the IMDb user rating score of 7 out of 10.

I've included a link for more information on the criminal pair and the fascinating bit of info about them, because I've always thought they were both murderous heathens. I didn't realize they were so idolized by the public or that Bonnie may not have been as she was portrayed in a film I saw some years ago. I was set straight by this article.

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