110 Min. | Biography – Crime – Drama | December 1969
IMDB Rating: 8.1
Director: George Roy Hill
Starring: Paul Newman, Robert Redford, Katharine Ross
Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid Review
Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid is interesting that a film Midnight Cowboy about a street hustler managed to beat out a western about a couple of real western characters for Best Picture of 1969. Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid is simply one of the best westerns ever made, it’s got wit, and charm, and will get you positively infectious in your enthusiasm for it. Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid has the incomparable team of Paul Newman and Robert Redford. George Roy Hill the director had a stroke of inspirational genius teaming the two of them. They both play a different character. Butch Cassidy is the amiable thinker and planner for the Hole in the Wall gang. Outlaw that he is Paul Newman is so charming in the role you have to root for him. He’s a guy who thinks fast on his feet. Note what happens right at the beginning of the film when Ted Cassidy, best known for being Lurch the butler on the Addams Family challenges him for the gang leadership.
Katharine Ross plays Etta Place who was Sundance’s mistress. Ross is a former schoolteacher and she went into the relationship with her eyes open with no regrets. But the most poignant moment in Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid is when she tells both of the men that she’ll go with them to Bolivia after the USA has gotten too hot for them and do whatever they want, but she won’t watch them inevitably die because they can’t change with the times. A lot of the same themes are expressed in Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid as were done in The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance. The difference is that Butch and Sundance have a ton of redeeming qualities whereas Liberty Valance has none.
B.J. Thomas’s rendition of the Academy Award winning song Raindrops Keep Falling On My Head is what people remember most about Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid. It’s certainly one of the most recognized movie themes ever written. Besides Thomas, good records of the song were done by Andy Williams, Perry Como and Dean Martin. Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid won some other technical Oscars including a most deserved one for cinematography. It missed being Best Picture and Best Director for George Roy Hill. In the only western he ever did in his career George Roy Hill came up with one of the best. Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid should be seen back to back with The Sting. Hard to say which one is the better.
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