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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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Country:

USA

Language:

English | Spanish

Release Date:

24 October 1969 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid 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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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Color:

Color | Black and White (Sepiatone)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Robert Redford did not agree with Paul Newman on the need for rehearsal, feeling that it lessens the spontaneity, but he conceded out of respect for his co-star. See more »

Goofs

When Butch and Sundance are payroll guards for Percy and riding back up the mountain Percy is going on about becoming colorful. Just as he finishes saying he is colorful for the second time he is shot in the chest by a bandit from cover. If one looks at Percy's vest on the right side one can see a small patch. The patch is where the explosive is hidden that simulates the bullet as it strikes Percy. 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

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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Sweet Betsy from Pike
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Music traditional
Lyrics by John A. Stone
Performed by Strother Martin
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A Perfect Script For a Near-Perfect Movie
25 January 2001 | by director1616See all my reviews

"Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid" is one of the greatest movies ever made. It is my favorite film of all time, and the biggest reason for that is because of its script by William Goldman. It's very rare in film that a script has perfect lines in it from beginning to end, but this film is an example of what can be achieved by Hollywood screenwriters. It was William Goldman's script of this movie that sparked my passion for the American cinema. Though most Westerns of the cinema past have serious and gritty tones to them, this film has just the right mix of comedy, wit, and adventure. The greatest team in Hollywood history, arguably, is the team of Paul Newman and Robert Redford. The presence by these two Hollywood legends has help cement this film as one of the greatest movies ever made - according to organizations like the American Film Institute. The direction by George Roy Hill is first rate, and much credit also has to be given to cinematographer Conrad Hall, who did a great job giving this film the superior look of the Old West.

Katherine Ross adds to this film in the role as the beautiful Etta Place, as does the score, which makes us feel good about going to the movies. This was the film that, for the first time, got audiences to root for "the bad guys". This film should be shown in every film school to show film students how to make a theatrical film. I will always love this movie, and indeed, this movie is something special. It is also special to me because the REAL Sundance Kid was born in my hometown of Phoenixville, Pennsylvania.


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