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Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid (1969)

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Wyoming, early 1900s. Butch Cassidy and The Sundance Kid are the leaders of a band of outlaws. After a train robbery goes wrong they find themselves on the run with a posse hard on their heels. Their solution - escape to Bolivia.

Director:

George Roy Hill

Writer:

William Goldman
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Paul Newman ... Robert LeRoy Parker aka Butch Cassidy
Robert Redford ... Harry Longabaugh aka The Sundance Kid
Katharine Ross ... Etta Place
Strother Martin ... Percy Garris
Henry Jones ... Bike Salesman
Jeff Corey ... Sheriff Ray Bledsoe
George Furth ... Woodcock
Cloris Leachman ... Agnes
Ted Cassidy ... Harvey Logan
Kenneth Mars ... Marshal
Donnelly Rhodes ... Macon
Jody Gilbert ... Large Woman on Train
Timothy Scott ... News Carver
Don Keefer ... Fireman
Charles Dierkop ... Flat Nose Curry
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Storyline

Butch and Sundance are the two leaders of the Hole-in-the-Wall Gang. Butch is all ideas, Sundance is all action and skill. The west is becoming civilized, and when Butch and Sundance rob a train once too often, a special posse begins trailing them no matter where they run. Over rocks, through towns, across rivers, the group is always just behind them. When they finally escape through sheer luck, Butch has another idea, "Let's go to Bolivia". Based on the exploits of the historical characters. Written by John Vogel <jlvogel@comcast.net>

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Taglines:

They're taking trains... They're taking banks... And they're taking one piece of baggage! See more »


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Official Sites:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English | Spanish

Release Date:

24 September 1969 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Sundance Kid and Butch Cassidy See more »

Filming Locations:

Lake Sherwood, California, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$6,000,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$102,308,889

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$102,310,639
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Color:

Color | Black and White (Sepiatone)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

The only major conflict between Paul Newman and George Roy Hill occurred over what became known as "the Bledsoe scene", a break in the extended superposse chase when Butch and Sundance go to visit an old Sheriff hoping to get his help enlisting them in the Army to fight in the Spanish-American War. Newman felt the scene should come at the end of the chase, and be the motivation for their flight to South America. Hill disagreed strongly. Every day, Newman came on the set with fresh arguments for why it should be done his way and with increasing passion for his opinion. "Paul was becoming almost anal about it", noted Robert Redford, who at one point jokingly suggested they rename the film "The Bledsoe Scene". Ultimately, Hill won the argument. See more »

Goofs

When Butch and the Kid are floating down the rapids, the stunt double for Robert Redford does not have a mustache. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Butch Cassidy: What happened to the old bank? It was beautiful.
Guard: People kept robbing it.
Butch Cassidy: Small price to pay for beauty.
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Crazy Credits

Opening disclaimer: Most Of What Follows Is True See more »

Alternate Versions

During the 27-minute super posse chase, Butch and Sundance dismount and separate from their lone horse, start scaling rocky terrain to evade their pursuers. Butch asks, "What if they don't follow the horse?". Sundance: "Don't worry, Butch, you'll think of something." Originally Butch retorts, "That's a load off my mind." That line was kept in the movie right through the mid-'70s until it was broadcast on network TV (1976). For some reason it was omitted and has remained absent through every TV, cable, video, laserdisc and previous DVD release. It was reinstated back into the 2006 "Ultimate Collector's Edition" DVD and viewers are treated to it for the first time in 30 years. See more »

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Music by Paul Barnes
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A One of a Kind
18 February 2008 | by alexkolokotronisSee all my reviews

This has got to be one of my favorite westerns. It has everything you could possibly want for every movie fan. They're so many great aspect and I will attempt to display some of them.

The acting, what can I say about it. It was a perfect fit for Redford and Newman who are both friends in the movie and real life. They deliver exhilarating, funny and electrifying performance. It is so great I can't even put it into words. These two actors were robbed of an at least an Oscar nomination. It has to be the biggest Oscar snub ever. Watching this movie my only wish is that Redford and Newman would have done more movies together.

The writing was great and creative. I have never witnessed a movie that was so serious and yet so funny. The writing totally propelled this movie forward. The fact that Butch and Sundance went to Bolivia trying to outrun the law was hilarious. This has got to be some of the best writing ever.

The directing by George Roy Hill was as well amazing displaying the chase scenes and just sitting back and letting the writing and directing take over. But most of all he let Robert Redford and Paul Newman do their thing. You could see that they were both feeding off each other and George Roy Hill never seemed to interrupt their chemistry.

I would advise anyone and everyone to watch this. They are just so many laughs, many fun action scenes and of course Paul Newman and Robert Redford.


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