Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid
|Director||George Roy Hill|
|Key Cast||Paul Newman, Robert Redford, Katharine Ross|
|Genre(s)||Western, Adventure, Biography, Crime, Drama|
“Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid” stars Paul Newman and Robert Redford.
“Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid” was a huge box office success in 1969. Taking in over $30 million in the United States and Canada alone, this movie was the highest grossing western ever released at that time.
Today (accounting for inflation), “Butch Cassidy & the Sundance Kid” is still one of biggest selling westerns ever made and is a cowboy classic.
Butch Cassidy (Paul Newman) and Sundance (Robert Redford) are leaders of the “Hole in the Wall” gang. Their specialty is stealing. After robbing multiple trains, the owner of the Union Pacific railroad line decides that he has had enough and decides to hire a super-posse to track them down and kill them.
Finally realizing that the super-posse is formidable and not going away, Cassidy and Sundance decide to move to South America. They take Sundance’s girlfriend, Etta Place (Katharine Ross) with them. Their plan is to start a new life above the law that doesn’t include robbing trains and banks. But old habits die hard and Butch and Sundance find themselves robbing banks once again.
Moreover, the Union Pacific railroad super-posse continues to hunting for them in South America and they have also enlisted the help of the local authorities.
This classic western won four Academy Awards, a Golden Globe Award, and a Grammy Award. Also, “Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid” was selected for preservation in the prestigious U.S. Library of Congress National Film Registry.
With a great storyline, outstanding performances and award-winning soundtrack, “Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid” is a classic western that you’ll enjoy watching!
» After the success of the gangster movie “Bonnie and Clyde” in 1967, movie studios began looking for other films to make where the concept of a likeable and glorified pair of outlaws could be used. Most of the movies that they made using this template were gangster films, but Warner Brothers took the concept further and decided to make this western about the famous outlaw duo Bonnie and Clyde.
» Writer William Golman spent almost eight years working on the screenplay for “Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid.”. He did a lot of research in order to make the film as accurate as possible. Facts in the movie that are true are:
- Butch Cassidy never killed anyone until he did so in Bolivia.
- A super-posse was really formed to hunt them down
- Butch Cassidy and Sundance did run off to Bolivia
- There really was an Etta Place who went with them to Bolivia
- The circumstances and details about their shootout in Bolivia are true
» The soundtrack for the movie “Butch Cassidy & the Sundance Kid” won numerous awards, including the highly-prestigious and coveted Grammy Award. The most popular song from the film, “Raindrops Keep Falling on My Head”, was a chart-topping hit. The song won an Academy Award for Best Original Song for a Movie. Burt Bacharach, the composer, won four major awards for the movie soundtrack: The Academy Award, Golden Globe Award, BAFTA Award and Grammy Award.
» “Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid” made Robert Redford a movie star. When he was cast as Sundance in this movie, he was a virtual unknown. After the release of this western, and the film’s phenomenal success, Robert Redford became a superstar.
» The real name of Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid’s gang was “The Wild Bunch” but because “The Wild Bunch” movie was being released around the same time, the studio decided not to use this name in the film. Instead, they changed the outlaw group’s name to “The Hole in the Wall” gang.
» Because of their successful pairing in “Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid”, Paul Newman and Robert Redford did another movie together. It was the movie “The Sting” which was also a major box office success.
“Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid” was not only a major box office blockbuster, but also a winner of numerous prestigious awards.
» This western film won four 1970 Academy Awards: Best Writing (William Goldman), Best Original Song Music (Burt Bacharach and Hal David), Best Original Score Music (Burt Bacharach) and Best Cinematography (Conrad L. Hall)
» Nominated for three additional 1970 Academy Awards: Best Picture , Best Director and Best Sound
» Won a 1970 Golden Globe Award for Best Original Score (Burt Bacharach)
» Nominated for three additional 1970 Golden Globe Awards: Best Motion Picture, Best Original Song and Best Screenplay
» Selected in 2003 to the Library of Congress National Film Registry which is an honor only bestowed upon 25 movies every year in the United States.
Butch Cassidy & the Sundance Kid Movie DVD
Robert Redford and Paul Newman portray the romanticized lives of outlaws Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid in this top classic western.
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This Blu-Ray disc also has lots of bonus material including two documentaries:
» The Making of Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid
» The Wild Bunch: The True Tale of Butch and Sundance
» and more!
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