Director: George Roy Hill
Genre: Drama, Crime, Western, Biography
Runtime: 111 Minutes
Main Cast: Paul Newman, Robert Redford, Katharine Ross, Strother Martin, Henry Jones, Jeff Corey, George Furth, Cloris Leachman, Ted Cassidy
Plot: In Wyoming in the late 1890s Butch Cassidy (Paul Newman) and The Sundance Kid (Robert Redford) are leaders of a band of outlaws known as the Hole in the Wall Gang. When a train robbery goes wrong the pair are forced to flee, along with Sundance’s partner Etta (Katharine Ross)
My Thoughts: This was one of Dad’s picks for Film & Wine Club, if you didn’t guess that straight away. I think Mum was dreading it all week but I was quietly optimistic. I don’t really watch westerns but everyone has heard of this one so it has to good, right? It’s also old, and I don’t watch a lot of old movies. I’ve seen 6 from the 1960s, 3 of them are Disney and another is Lawrence of Arabia which my Dad also got us to watch so I’m completely out of my comfort zone with Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid. I really enjoyed it though! It holds up extremely well, if it weren’t for the sepia tone flashbacks I would have never thought it was made over 50 years ago.
At it’s very core it’s a buddy movie, a western movie that isn’t really a western – and maybe that’s why I liked it so much. Butch and Sundance are the greatest of friends, and you have to be when you’re wildly in love with your best friend’s girlfriend but don’t make any moves. They have great banter, I didn’t expect the movie to be so funny. In a good way too, apart from the montage with music that sounded like ‘flobbadobbadobbabahhhhhh!’. That was more hilarious in an unintentional way, I think. Speaking of music, did you know that the song ‘Raindrops Keep Fallin’ on My Head’ was written for this movie?
That’s left us with 3 movies remaining in the hat, oddly enough, one from each of us! We were a little afraid we might have 3 of Dad’s picks in a row but it ended up being mine. I’m really hoping I’ve built up enough trust from my other picks because this last one from me is a bit of a gamble and really tough to give an elevator pitch for. It’s the 2016 Kate Winslet movie, The Dressmaker!
Best Bit: I guess it’s no surprise how the movie ended, but it was still a great moment, watching more and more guards turn up for the final shootout. It was pretty funny too when Butch thought they’d gotten away with it after all!
Worst Bit: Speaking of the final shootout, as much as the movie holds up as a whole, that fake blood was really funny. Was it poster paint?! Also, I feel like I have a new found appreciation for Robert Redford. I’ve seen so very little of his work – the biggest role I’ve seen him in was The Old Man and the Gun (2018) and I HATED it. Maybe I should revisit it?
Fun Trivia: The real Butch Cassidy (whose name was actually Robert Leroy Parker) got his nickname because he once worked in a butcher’s shop. The Sundance Kid, real name Harry Alonzo Longabaugh, got his nickname because he once was arrested in the Wyoming town of Sundance.
My Rating: 4 out of 5 bicycles, the future mode of transport!