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Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid (1969)



Critic Consensus: With its iconic pairing of Paul Newman and Robert Redford, jaunty screenplay and Burt Bacharach score, Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid has gone down as among the defining moments in late-'60s American cinema.

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Opening with a silent "movie" of Butch Cassidy's Hole in the Wall Gang, George Roy Hill's comically elegiac Western chronicles the mostly true tale of the outlaws' last months. Witty pals Butch (Paul Newman) and Sundance (Robert Redford) join the Gang in successfully robbing yet another train with their trademark non-lethal style. After the pair rests at the home of Sundance's schoolmarm girlfriend, Etta (Katharine Ross), the Gang robs the same train, but this time, the railroad boss has hired the best trackers in the business to foil the crime. After being tailed over rocks and a river gorge by guys that they can barely identify save for a white hat, Butch and Sundance decide that maybe it's time to try their luck in Bolivia. Taking Etta with them, they live high on ill-gotten Bolivian gains, but Etta leaves after their white-hatted nemesis portentously arrives. Their luck running out, Butch and Sundance are soon holed up in a barn surrounded by scores of Bolivian soldiers who are waiting for the pair to make one last run for it. ~ Lucia Bozzola, Rovimore
Rating: PG (N/A)
Genre: Western, Action & Adventure, Classics
Directed By:
Written By: William Goldman
In Theaters:
On DVD: May 16, 2000
20th Century Fox


Paul Newman
as Butch Cassidy
Robert Redford
as Sundance Kid
Katharine Ross
as Etta Place
Strother Martin
as Percy Garris
Jeff Corey
as Sheriff Bledsoe
George Furth
as Woodcock
Ted Cassidy
as Harvey Logan
Kenneth Mars
as Marshal
Henry Jones
as Bike Salesman
Jo Gilbert
as Large Woman
Jody Gilbert
as Large Woman
Timothy Scott
as News Carver
Don Keefer
as Fireman
Charles Dierkop
as Flat Nose Curry
Francisco Cordova
as Bank Manager
Pancho Cordova
as Bank Manager
Nelson Olmsted
as Photographer
Paul Bryar
as Card Player
Sam Elliott
as Card Player
Charles Akins
as Bank Teller
Eric Sinclair
as Tiffany's Salesman
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Critic Reviews for Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid

All Critics (46) | Top Critics (8)

It is a great film and will be an exceptionally popular and profitable one.

Full Review… | October 3, 2015
Hollywood Reporter
Top Critic

You have to admire the craft and assurance of the thing even as its artificiality hits you in the face.

Full Review… | May 27, 2011
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

Every character, every scene, is marred by the film's double view, which oscillates between sympathy and farce.

Full Review… | October 1, 2008
TIME Magazine
Top Critic

The John Foreman production is episodic, but George Roy Hill's direction is so satisfying in catching the full value of the Goldman screenplay that a high degree of interest is sustained.

Full Review… | October 1, 2008
Top Critic

One of the funniest, if slightest, Westerns of recent years.

Full Review… | June 24, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

William Goldman's script is constantly too cute and never gets up the nerve, by God, to admit it's a Western.

Full Review… | October 23, 2004
Chicago Sun-Times
Top Critic

Audience Reviews for Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid


A disappointing hippie Western that is too light for its own good and errs in tone by diluting the urgency of the story with a tongue-in-cheek humor and endless landscape shots that make it painfully slow - not to mention how hard it is to care about its one-dimensional characters.

Carlos Magalh„es

Super Reviewer


Fantastic dialogue, but, wow, this movie is a direct rip-off of Arthur Penn's BONNIE AND CLYDE.

Kevin Cookman
Kevin Cookman

Super Reviewer

It may have only big name actors, but at it's core, it's pure hollywood storytelling at it's finest. I was so completely focussed on each character, that by the time each action scene occurred, it was the last thing that was interesting on the screen. The dialogue, the acting, and the scenery are all perfect representations of a western town, and the story is so brilliantly told that it held a smile on my face for the entire duration of the film. It is beautifully shot, but not quite perfectly edited, I did feel the need to voice my opinion on some edits, but overall, this is a near perfect western that I can watch over and over again, even if it does stray away from it's known formulas for most of the film, but that is why I found it so unique. "Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid" is easily of my favourite films. Definitely worth it's praise!

KJ Proulx
KJ Proulx

Super Reviewer

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