|Thomasine and Bushrod|
|Directed by||Gordon Parks Jr.|
|Produced by|| Harvey Bernhard |
|Written by||Max Julien|
|Starring|| Vonetta McGee |
|Music by||Coleridge-Tylor Perkinson|
|Edited by||Frank C. Decot|
|Distributed by||Columbia Pictures|
|April 10, 1974|
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Vonetta McGee plays Thomasine and Max Julien plays Bushrod in a film intended as a counterpart to the 1967 film Bonnie and Clyde .
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