At the opening of the movie, Butch and Sundance are in the prime of their outlaw years but they find they are becoming a dying breed. Chased across country by a posse after robbing the same train twice, they decide it's time to leave the U.S. and head to South America with Sundance's girlfriend, Etta Place. They enjoy a short time of prosperity there, until the law catches up to them and they find themselves on the run again. Etta leaves for the U.S. while the outlaws struggle to survive in the jungles of South America.
This report prepared by Deanna Sletten
This 1969 hit made a star of Robert Redford in the role turned down by Beatty and McQueen, as well as being the first of several successful teamups with Paul Newman. Loosely based on a couple of actual outlaws, the story concerns close partners who rob banks and trains, and share a girl, but spend much of the film trying to evade the clutches of a relentless but largely unseen posse, running all the way to Bolivia. "Butch Cassidy" is a character study and buddy movie pretending to be a Western; at a deeper level, once could regard it as a portrait of arrested adolescents doing the rugged individualist thing in the 19th century just as that way of life was nearing its end -- it is modernity that chases them across the map. The film is often funny, and features plenty of stylistic charms (slo-mo, montage, starting with historically-hued dark browns before opening up to full color) as well as offering whiffs of the era in which it was made (sharing a partner, the Brasil '66 and "Raindrops" soundtrack). Hard to believe today, but Newman and Redford were originally cast in the opposite roles before they agreed to trade for the ones they play in the finished film. Supporting cast includes Strother Martin, Cloris Leachman, Kenneth Mars, and Sam Elliott.
This report prepared by David Loftus
An action~adventure movie, this movie is a excellent portray of criminals in the west. Two criminals run from the law in a sense kindness and sensitivity along the way.
This report prepared by Jim
Paul Newman is Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid is Robert Redford. What a screen
combination! George Roy Hill directs this (now) classic Western film with the energy of a
modern “action/hero” flick--and this was done way back in 1969! Butch and Sundance are
an unlikely lot to be bankrobbers and wanted by the law! After taking full advantage of
what the lay of the land had to offer them in their profession in the American Southwest,
they flee to Boliva, as they are convinced even greater riches await them there. Based
(loosely) on the real-life story of this duo, this film embraces the enormity of the stage
presence of Newman and Redford (a great film combination!); at the same time, the
cinematography and the musical background is of equal immense proportions (the film
won four Oscars).
This report prepared by Bill Hobbs