US / 132 min / Color / Casey Silver Productions, Media Rights Capital (MRC) and Universal Pictures. Dir: John Lee Hancock. Pro: Casey Silver Scr: John Fusco. Cin: John Schwartzman. Mus: Thomas Newman. Cast: Kevin Costner, Woody Harrelson, Kathy Bates, John Carroll Lynch, Kim Dickens, Thomas Mann, William Sadler, Billy Slaughter, David Furr, Dean Denton, Edward Bossert, Emily Brobst, Jane McNeill, Jason Davis, Jesse C. Boyd, Sheenan Cole, and W. Earl Brown. Synopsis: The outlaws made headlines. The lawmen made history. The Highwaymen follows the untold true story of the legendary detectives who brought down Bonnie and Clyde. When the full force of the FBI and the latest forensic technology aren’t enough to capture the nation’s most notorious criminals, two former Texas Rangers (Kevin Costner and Woody Harrelson) must rely on their gut instincts and old school skills to get the job done. Distributed by Netflix. Release dates: 10 March 2019 (South by Southwest Film Festival); 15 March 2019 (USA limited); 29 March 2019 (Stream digitally on March 29, 2019 on Netflix). Spanish title: Emboscada final. IMDb Rating: 7.1.
The film had been in development for many years, with producer Casey Silver looking into the project as early as 2005. Originally pitched by Fusco as a possible Paul Newman and Robert Redford project, the film began development at Universal Pictures but never came to fruition. In February 2018, it was reported Netflix had picked up the rights to the film and that Costner and Harrelson would star. Filming took place later that month and in March, shooting around Louisiana and at several historical sites, including the road where Bonnie and Clyde were killed. (Source: Wikipedia)
Kevin Costner plays legendary lawman Frank Hamer and Woody Harrelson will play his long-suffering sidekick Manny Gault. Though both men were out of the Rangers by the time Bonnie & Clyde started their robbery reign, they were commissioned as special investigators, coaxed back by a consortium of banks to assemble a posse and end the robbery spree of the notorious gang reputed to have killed 13 cops – and others. The Highwaymen takes the vantage point of the formidable posse headed by Hamer, an old style Texas Ranger who’d survived 100 gunfights and killed 53 people. (Source: SXSW)
My take: Last night Begoña and I has the opportunity to watch The Highwaymen in Netflix. I found the film thoroughly entertaining and very well-made. The only snag, for my taste, is that the film is too long. It would have gained with a few minutes less.