Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid

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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, Rovi

Cast

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, szeryf Steve 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
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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Audience Reviews for Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid

  • Jul 01, 2013
    Fantastic dialogue, but, wow, this movie is a direct rip-off of Arthur Penn's BONNIE AND CLYDE.
    Kevin C Super Reviewer
  • Nov 26, 2012
    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 M Super Reviewer
  • Oct 25, 2012
    A beautifully shot film that combines excellent acting with overt irony to paint a sardonic picture of the western genre.
    Jason 123 D Super Reviewer
  • Jun 18, 2012
    "Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid" is a film of great writing, direction, and cinematography, but the performances of Paul Newman and Robert Redford are what really elevate the production. Their chemistry and comic interplay are what really got me involved, and it's surprising how much depth they actually bring to their characters. But while the film as a whole is wonderfully entertaining, it does have its problems. As much as I like the score, it doesn't work. In fact, it practically ruins several great scenes, with the "Raindrops Keep Fallin' on My Head" sequence and the photo montage near the middle being two prime examples. But as hindering to the production as both are, I'm still a big fan.
    Stephen E Super Reviewer

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