#161 / 365 – ‘Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid’ (1969) – 110 mins
IMDb Challenge #97 / 250 – Ranked #147 – Via DVD Collection
Butch and Sundance are the two leaders of the Hole-in-the-Wall Gang. Butch (Paul Newman) is all ideas, Sundance (Robert Redford) 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 rock, 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”.
The King of Cool, Paul Newman taking Katherine Ross for a bicycle ride to the sounds of Buch Bacharach’s “Raindrops Keep Falling on my Head”, is just one of many iconic scenes from this equally iconic Oscar winning film. The gritty Western genre always took itself seriously until Butch Cassidy and The Sundance Kid came riding into town to lighten things up with its feathered comic touch. George Roy Hill gorgeously shoots Butch and Sundance’s exploits in an array of sepia-toned colours, and perfectly paces it against a snappy script from William Goldman, that is peppered with many memorable quotes – “I can’t swim., Are you crazy? The fall will probably kill you.”
The real success of Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid, other than watching the cinematic charisma of Paul Newman and Robert Redford, lays in that its one of the best ‘buddy’ movies out there which made it a template for countless films throughout the ’70s, ’80s, and ’90s. Some films only purpose is to purely entertain and this succeeds from its glorious start to its dramatic finale, that once garnered the tag – “the most likeable movie ever made”