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I loved this movie when it came out in 1970, 50 years on I still watch it regularly and still love it. Redford & Newman are great together - look at The Sting - they both are great in both. I actually have the final scene framed on the lounge room wall!
Somewhat disappointing that so many reviewers describe this as a "Western", let alone "The Greatest Western". It was never that; it was a buddy movie where the two leads transcended any setting or plotlines. It's a great story, well told and beautifully photographed. The two male leads are perfect and Miss Ross was one of the most beautiful women on the planet (to us pubescent teenagers, "that scene" was the most erotic thing most of us had ever seen!). The film holds up well (mainly because it's NOT a Western) even after 50 years. The blu-ray copy is great and there are some really informative "extras" (Miss Ross is still a striking woman). And the 13 minutes of music is still some of the catchiest in film history - almost on a par with "Casino Royale" (NOT the Daniel Craig version).
This film hasn’t aged at all! The two sidekicks are just as pleasing on the eye as they were back in 1969. This is a great film and real classic of that era. The scenery in the film is to die for, no wonder the cinematography won an ‘AA.’ The script is pitch perfect, witty, and without sentimentality. The picture quality on the standard DVD is average. Redford got the Oscar for best actor ahead of Newman! Robert Leroy Parker (Butch Cassidy) & Harry Alonzo Longaugh (Sundance) were real outlaws, of similar ages, and were robbing trains etc., nearing the end of our ‘Victorian period.’ I must admit that I could remember very few of the details from the film after all these years, except the bike ride & song, and the cliff jump of course. I’d totally forgotten that they fled to Bolivia where they so called met their end … just as Che Guevara had done in 1967! This is still a top film and very captivating – Newman and Redford are just full of charisma and the film has a very good storyline and keeps you there throughout. You can’t beat quality?
Three more attractive and charismatic actors and their characters it would be hard to find than Robert Redford, Paul Newman and Catherine Ross as The Sundance Kid, Butch Cassidy and Etta Place. I’d not seen this film for a while, but remembered most of it pretty well, but had forgotten a few things. I remembered the music but had forgotten just how good the music is and especially the music used in the Bolivian section - I can hear it now ba ba ba ba ba da ba da etc! I’d forgotten how well the coupling of Redford and Newman worked and I now also realised that I’ forgotten how good Hollywood used to be.
This iconic Western and true story doesn’t take place in what is considered (by some) to be the “Wild West Era” (ie 1865 1895), but in the early part of the Twentieth Century. This true story takes place when my Grandparents were alive and for me that makes this incredible film more real, more tangible somehow.
I watched the film on a DVD that came with some insightful and interesting Extra Features.
On that DVD (ASIN: B00005KK3J) you get:
“Butch Cassidy and The Sundance Kid” (1 hour 45 minutes) Chapter Selection Option English Subtitles for the hard of hearing. Audio is 2.0 Mono Special Features: Commentary from Director George Roy Hill, Lyricist Hal david, Associate Producer Robert Crawford and Cinematographer Conrad Hall. 1994 Interviews with Paul Newman, Robert Redford, Katherine Ross, scriptwriter William Goldman and composer Burt Bacharach (about 48 minutes in total) and also including “Some of what follows is true” and “All of what follows is true” “Making Of” Documentary (40 minutes)
I watched this movie when it was first shown at the cinema. However, on viewing now, it seems dated. Though I did enjoy it (the young Robert Redford) I won't be watching it again, so have passed it on to a friend.
Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid is usuaully not mentioned along witht he GREATEST westerns, or the best ever films, but should feature high in both. Not being a big fans of Westerns I will speak of it as only a film.
The film has many fine points, but none more than its two protagonists, Butch and Sundance. Butch is wonderful and funny. When he orders Sundance to kill a member of their gang if he loses in a fair fight, his creepy ride around the house on the bike and his miserable attempt at Spanish are done to perfection. Sundance, with his miserable temper and wonderful shooting and the relationship between these two works like a dream. The sets drip from the screens and are utterly fantastic.
One final word goes to the ending, I do not wish to give it away, but your opinion of what happens next will determine what kind of a person you are. Personally it could not have been done better, as it had to be done given that these two men rob banks, but we are left believing, that maybe, just maybe it didn't...