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Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid (1969)

110 Min.
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In a nutshell... Legendary outlaws Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid display their gifts for perfect comedic timing as they pull off heist after heist. To evade a posse, the boys flee to Bolivia, but trouble finds the charming pair of desperadoes wherever they go.

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Why It Makes My List

I watched Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid again to reintroduce my 12-year-old son to the western. Old episodes of the The Lone Ranger had put him off one of my favourite movies genres, and I wanted to put that right. This upbeat story about two of the most likeable outlaws in western history earned seven Academy Award nominations (including Best Picture), of which it won four (Cinematography, Score, Song and Original Screenplay). It also won my son over.

Other Reasons To Watch

Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid deserved its Oscar for Best Original Screenplay, and the script was regarded as William Goldman's best by many (including the legendary screenwriter himself). Not only did it stand out among westerns at the time for its mixture of comedy, action and romance, but it set a template for the countless subsequent 'buddy' movies that were to come out in the '70s, '80s and '90s.

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The pairing of Paul Newman, who was just past his prime, with an ascendant Robert Redford is an absolute triumph. The jaunty heroics and witty banter throughout Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid is greatly enhanced by the tremendous on-screen charisma of both stars, who could not have been better suited to their roles.
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Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid is really inventive. The faces of the three principals are 'shopped (or the 60's equivalent!) into graphic sequences of period stills to move the story along, and Burt Bacharach's Oscar-winning score and song (Raindrops Keep Falling on My Head) is central to the film's character study, and unlike anything you'll see in any other western.
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Reason To Pass
Reason To Pass

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Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid does get rather bogged down about 75 minutes in when they are being chased by the super-posse, and it never quite recovers its initial momentum. The inclusion of expensive scenes that probably should have been cut make this a good example of that frequently-made criticism 'overproduced'.

Don't Watch If...

You’re looking for gritty realism or a moral message. Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid is a well-crafted farce that oscillates between sympathy and nihilistic violence.



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Available in: United Kingdom Canada Ireland

Last Checked: 03/05/2017
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Director George Roy Hill

Starring Paul Newman, Robert Redford, Katharine Ross, Strother Martin, Jeff Corey, George Furth, Cloris Leachman, Ted Cassidy, Kenneth Mars, Donnelly Rhodes

Genres Classics, Westerns, Dramas Based on Real Life