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.
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.
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.
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.