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.
After settling his differences with a Japanese P.O.W. camp commander, a British Colonel co-operates to oversee his men's construction of a railway bridge for their captors, while oblivious to a plan by the Allies to destroy it.
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
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The famous bicycle riding sequence was shot in a spot twenty-five miles (forty kilometers) east of Hurricane, Utah, in a ghost town that dated from around 1900 (it was a state park at the time of filming) that had been a Mormon settlement, but was abandoned when a nearby river flooded it out. A few relic buildings remain standing, including a Mormon church, a few houses, a few farm buildings, and a barn. The film company was based in St. George, Utah. Production Designer Philip M. Jefferies and his construction department built the cabin set at the center of the ghost town's main street, opposite the small brick Mormon church. The cabin set was built utilizing walls that could be pulled away from the structure, allowing a camera crew to light and film inside the cabin, with windows for capturing Paul Newman riding his bicycle in the main street area. The "studio cabin" was left intact after filming was completed, becoming a curiosity feature of the ghost town's remaining standing structures. Visitors have since stripped the area of the post and rail fencing built as part of the town's structure set decorating. In 1981, the film's original Producer Paul Monash and Lawrence Schiller (who was a still photographer on "Butch Cassidy") joined forces to produce Child Bride of Short Creek (1981), an NBC movie of the week. With Production Designer Hub Braden, they returned to the "Butch Cassidy" ghost town to see if it could serve as a location for the film they were about to produce. The site had been stripped bare except for the shrubs and trees and a few remaining structures. The location site was revived, adding false structure fronts, set dressing, outhouses, and fencing, and can be seen in the final film. See more »
Etta is wearing clear nail polish and foundation, both of which were not used by women in the 1890s. See more »
The opening 20th Century-Fox logo is shown in sepia tone instead of the usual color scheme. See more »
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 »
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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