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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.

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George Roy Hill

Writer:

William Goldman
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Paul Newman ... Butch Cassidy
Robert Redford ... The Sundance Kid
Katharine Ross ... Etta Place
Strother Martin ... Percy Garris
Henry Jones ... Bike Salesman
Jeff Corey ... Sheriff Bledsoe
George Furth ... Woodcock
Cloris Leachman ... Agnes
Ted Cassidy ... Harvey Logan
Kenneth Mars ... Marshal
Donnelly Rhodes ... Macon
Jody Gilbert ... Large Woman
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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You never met a pair like Butch and The Kid. See more »


Certificate:

PG | See all certifications »

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English | Spanish

Release Date:

24 October 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
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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

Several critics took William Goldman to task for the contemporary, overly cool, and clever quality of the dialogue. Although he defended it by noting the picture was set in the early twentieth century therefore not as far removed historically as they claimed, he also later noted, "There's a lot about the screenplay I don't like, the smart-assness being just one of them. I also find there are too many reversals and that the entire enterprise suffers from a case of the cutes." See more »

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The men's shirts all button down the front. That style was not available or popular until after WWI roughly 20 years after the setting of the film. 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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The opening 20th Century-Fox logo is shown in sepia tone instead of the usual color scheme. 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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Soundtracks

Raindrops Keep Fallin' on my Head
(uncredited)
Music Burt Bacharach
Lyrics Hal David
Performed by B.J. Thomas (as B. J. Thomas)
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One of the best of the 60s & 70s
20 April 2003 | by garage5incSee all my reviews

This is pretty much the ultimate action western movie I can think of. This movie has everything you could want, and it appeals to almost any type of viewer. Paul Newman, one of if not the best actor of our time is the lead along with Robert Redford, the two go together perfectly, I dare say this is one of the best combinations in Hollywood history.

Anyways the story takes place in the midwest, Newman and Redord run "The Hole in the Wall Gang" named after their hideout. They rob trains and take big scores, later the Pacific railroad gets together the best tracker and lawmen in the entire Western United States to track and kill Butch and Sundance. They must manage to evade their elite counterparts, the movie is 100 percent entertainment, especially during the chases. The movie is based on true events and is spectacular.

This movie won Best Score, Best Song (Raindrops) which was very good untraditional music in a western, it fit good in this movie, Best Cinematography, shot by Conrad L. Hall who also did Road To Perdition, arguably the best cinematography done to this very day, and Adapated Screenplay, all for the right reasons. George Roy Hill, Paul Newman, and Robert Redford all went on to create "The Sting" in 1973, which is possibly one of the best movies ever made. I praise this movie, 10/10


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