The Highwaymen is a 2019 American crime film directed by John Lee Hancock.
Netflix on Wednesday, February 20, 2019 released the trailer:
The Highwaymen | Official Trailer | Netflix.
In 1934, after two years on the run as robbers and murderers, the criminals Bonnie and Clyde break several associates out of the Eastham Prison Farm in Texas. In response, Texas Department of Corrections Chief Lee Simmons persuades Governor "Ma" Ferguson to hire former Texas Ranger Frank Hamer to track down the criminals independent of the Bureau of Investigation (FBI). Ferguson and her staff are sceptical, having disbanded the Rangers for more advanced units, but she reluctantly allows Simmons to go ahead. Hamer initially hesitates due to his family but both he and his wife accept after hearing about a devastating shootout in Missouri involving the infamous pair. Hamer's former partner, Benjamin Maney Gault, joins Hamer after long being unemployed and living in hardship. The FBI has been wiretapping the fugitives' families for a while. Hamer and Gault get access to the files and conclude they are likely making their way to Dallas. There they see a man throw a bottle at Bonnie's mother's house and then a boy picking it up. Suspicious, they give chase but the boy escapes. FBI agents arrive, telling them that Clyde is believed to be in Brownsville and encouraging the Rangers to stay out of the operation. The Rangers brush off the FBI and meet with Dallas Sheriff "Smoot" Schmid, who introduces them to Deputy Sheriff Ted Hinton, a childhood friend of Bonnie and Clyde who can identify them on sight but Hamer and Gault are concerned over Hinton's previous hesitations to fire on the pair. The next day, they hear of a double police murder committed by Bonnie and Clyde near Grapevine. Investigating the site with Hinton, Hamer is appalled by the pair's brutality and emphasizes it to Hinton. They also find that Bonnie was accompanied by a white rabbit. Hinton tells them it is likely a present for a family member. Leaving Hinton behind, they move to Oklahoma. From a gas station attendant sympathetic to the criminals, they discover that the wanted gang are headed to a migrant camp. Once there, the two learn from a local girl that the gang were there and investigate the criminals' campsite. Continuing their pursuit, the Rangers hear on the radio of two other murdered police officers. They make their way to the site but since they are outside their authority, the FBI and local police bar them from entering. Frustrated, the Rangers continue to Coffeyville, Kansas, believing the Barrow gang will stop there for supplies. They set eyes upon both Bonnie and Clyde and give chase but are impeded by crowds cheering on the criminals. Catching up outside the town, they briefly exchange shots but the gang evades the Rangers.
The film The Highwaymen was scheduled to be released by Netflix on March 10, 2019 (SXSW), on March 15, 2019 (United States) and on March 29, 2019 (United States).
The duration of the film is 132 minutes. The film's budget is $49 million.
The film had received a "R" rating.
The Highwaymen got average rating from critics. But the audience likes the film.
Wikipedia: The Highwaymen (film)