Butch Cassidy and the Sundance KidClosed Captioning
George Roy Hill
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The cowboy way of life is dying off as the Wild West is being slowly tamed at the turn of the 19th century. Butch Cassidy (Paul Newman) joins best friend, the Sundance Kid (Robert Redford) in Macon’s (Donnelly Rhodes) saloon. The Kid is so successful at blackjack that Macon accuses him of cheating, not knowing at first who the infamous gunslinger is. He withdraws the accusation when he hears Sundance’s name, but can’t resist asking the Kid how fast he really is on the draw just as the Kid and Butch are leaving. The Kid shows him by shooting off Macon’s gunbelt. Butch and the Kid ride back to the Hole-in-the-Wall, a fortress hemmed in by rugged mountains, where Butch's gang, the Wild Bunch, hides out. On the way there, Butch suggests that they give up their robberies in the West and go to Bolivia where silver, tin and gold mines would surely be easier targets. At the hideout they find that gang-member Harvey Logan (Ted Cassidy) has decided to take over the Wild Bunch. If Butch wants to continue to be leader, he’ll have to fight the considerably larger and meaner Logan. With his usual quick thinking and a well-aimed kick, Butch maintains his leadership. However, Butch agrees that Logan’s plan, to stage a dual holdup of the Union Pacific, is a good one; hit the train once going and once again on the return trip. The gang figures that the railroad company will not suspect that the robbers are so ingenious as to plan such an act and would be shipping back a large sum of money. After their first robbery, the gang breaks up to await the money train's return trip. Butch goes into town and waits with his favorite girl in the local brothel. The Kid goes to his girlfriend, Etta Place (Katherine Ross), a local schoolteacher who always awaits his return. When the train is scheduled to arrive, the Wild Bunch then heads for the round-trip robbery, which turns out to be a much more difficult undertaking. The robbers fail to note until too late that the railroad company has sent another locomotive close behind the money train, pulling a boxcar loaded with a Pinkerton Detective Agency posse to trap the robbers. Butch and the Kid use all their wiles to avoid capture, but they are unable to evade the relentless Pinkerton pursuers, until they leap from a high promontory into a raging mountain river. With Etta’s help, the three go to Bolivia where they continue their bank robberies, beset by language difficulties and unfamiliarity of the terrain. For a time, the two robbers even try to earn an honest living, by escorting a mining payroll carrier. When they are ambushed and the courier is killed by Bolivian bandits, Butch and Sundance go after the thieves who took the payroll in order to return the money. When the well-meaning duo are blamed for both the payroll robbery and the murder of the courier, Butch and Sundance give up the honest life and revert to their robbing ways. And then they meet their fate, in a small villiage, surrounded by the Bolivian Army. With no way out, Butch maintains his sense of humor and suggests that he and Sundance go to Australia for their future exploits.
Movie Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes
- Reviews Counted: 45
- Fresh: 40
- Rotten: 5
- Average Rating: 8.2/10
Top Critics' Reviews
Fresh: Very funny in a strictly contemporary way-the last exuberant word on movies about the men of the mythic American West who have outlived their day.
Fresh: 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.
Fresh: Although Butch Cassidy wasn't the first movie to pair up a couple of wisecracking best friends in an action/adventure setting, this film became the model of how well that approach could work when done right.
Fresh: One of the funniest, if slightest, Westerns of recent years.
One of Hollywood's best ever...
A fantastic classic
This movie is one of the greatest movies that has been made. Even if you aren't a movie buff and don't usually watch older films, you will definitely enjoy this. The chemistry created between Paul Newman and Robert Redford and the way they sell their characters is top notch, and George Roy Hill uses it to his advantage to create a cinematic masterpiece. This movie is definitely worth the buy, you won't regret it!
A pure gem. Can't believe I waited that long to watch this movie.
- Genre: Western
- Released: 1969
- © 1969 Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation and Campanile Productions, Inc. Renewed 1997 Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation and Columbia Pictures Industries, Inc. All rights reserved.