This 1969 film has never lost its popularity or its unusual appeal as a star-driven Western that tinkers with the genre's conventions and comes up with something both terrifically entertaining and--typical of its period--a tad paranoid. Paul Newman plays the legendary outlaw Butch Cassidy as an eternal optimist and self-styled visionary, conjuring dreams of banks just ripe for the picking all over the world. Robert Redford is his more levelheaded partner, the sharpshooting Sundance Kid. The film, written by William Goldman (The Princess Bride) and directed by George Roy Hill (The Sting), basically begins as a freewheeling story about robbing trains but soon becomes a chase as a relentless posse--always seen at a great distance like some remote authority--forces Butch and Sundance into the hills and, finally, Bolivia. Weakened a little by feel-good inclinations (a scene involving bicycle tricks and the song "Raindrops Keep Falling on My Head" is sort of Hollywood flower power), the movie maintains an interesting tautness, and the chemistry between Redford and Newman is rare. (A factoid: Newman first offered the Sundance part to Jack Lemmon.) --Tom Keogh --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
The special edition contains some behind-the-scenes footage and interviews with cast and crew. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
I went to see this movie in the theatre when it first came out, I learned to play it on my guitar after that and now my granddaughter says she will watch it with me, in 2 years.Published 5 months ago by mystery writer
This is a classic. The dialogue is always sharp. This movie has elements of a Western and Katherine Ross provides a bit of Romance, both Butch and Sundance have some interest in... Read morePublished 11 months ago by Roller