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Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid

A movie directed by George Roy Hill

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Look out for the guy in the white hat

  • Jul 29, 2000
Pros: Good story line, Fabulous Acting

Cons: none

You know what? It just doesn't hurt to laugh anymore. Ya gotta love these guys, facing who knows what odds to become some of the most notorious bank robbers of all time. They never had a dime, everything they tried was botched, broken, mishapped (my own personal word) or wrong. They shouldn't be role models but they are.

The film centers on the lives of Butch Cassidy (Newman) and the Sundance Kid (Redford). Filmed at a time when Newman and Redford were at their god awful best looking you really didn't give a darn that they were robbing banks.

There were many memorable segments in this movie - the endless chase scene (it was slow, not a fast chase) that must have lasted for days, months; everytime they looked, there was the guy in the white hat on their tail ("Who are those guys?"); the confession that the notorious Sundance, crime fighter extraordinaire, had never shot a person before; standing on the ledge with the posse on their tail and no where to go but down ("I can't swim" .... "Hell, the fall will kill us"); blowing up the train (a little dynamite will do ya) and the timeless discussion with Woodcock, the protector of the goods.

I also loved the sequence slowing Butch and Sundance sitting in the hotel room listening to the sheriff, standing right below them, trying to get an posse together to go after them, not knowing they were right above them. Another great scene is Butch riding that bicycle. He looked like he was having so darn much fun! Katherine Ross looked great in this scene as well (clearing throat) ~ WOW! to coin a phrase.

I loved the beginning with the film clips and then showing Butch in that sepia toned photography. It somehow added authenticity to the story. Probably the most famous and remembered scene in the movie is the final one - Butch and Sundance, trapped in the abandoned house or fort, whatever, they have a couple of bullets each, they are shot, they are beaten, they are dying, they never give up. That's how I want to go out - facing unmeasurable odds with all guns blazing!


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This 1969 Western encapsulates the genre, with dramatic chase scenes on horseback through breathtaking landscapes, daring robberies of banks and trains, true comradery between cowboys who would risk their lives for one another, and copious amounts of renegade charm. Butch Cassidy (Paul Newman) is the smart, savvy leader of The Hole in the Wall Gang, and his sidekick the Sundance Kid (Robert Redford) ranks among the best shooters the West has known. This combination of brains and menace allows the duo to roam unchallenged, staging petty robberies when needed and otherwise kicking back at the local brothel. But when a six-pack of the best cowboys in nearby states gather to bring down the rebels, using a Native American tracker to follow them across rivers, over mountains, and through deserts; Butch and Sundance decide to flee. Gathering Sundance's girlfriend (Katherine Ross), they make their way to Bolivia via New York City. Unfortunately, old habits die hard, and before they know it, the charismatic crimi...
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Cast: Ted Cassidy
Director: George Roy Hill
Release Date: 1969
MPAA Rating: PG
DVD Release Date: 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment (June 06, 2006)
Runtime: 1hr 52min
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