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Butch Cassidy and The Sundance Kid (1969)

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Butch Cassidy and The Sundance Kid (1969)


Paul Newman
Robert Redford

Directed by George Roy Hill

Butch Cassidy and The Sundance Kid is a 1969 American western film that starred Paul Newman and Robert Redford.
The movie is captivating enough for you to watch in 2014 and you will still feel the freshness, like it was made yesterday. This may be because the focus of the film was not on the old shoot out (although there was in the movie) and confrontations where they had to draw out their gun fast enough to be alive to tell the story, instead it had a solid story one can enjoy.
The story had a solid beginning and the intro to the characters could not have been done better, where one is seen as the muscle and the other the brain.

The movie pulled all the stops; it had a comic feel not to mention the funny lines dished out by Butch. Then the events were thrilling, I enjoyed the chase between the law and Cassidy with Sundance by his side. How the escaped will make you respect their perseverance for survival.

The movie is based loosely on the life of Robert LeRoy Parker, who was better known in history as Butch Cassidy (played by Paul Newman) and his partner Harry Longabaugh known in history as the "Sundance Kid" (played by Robert Redford), both were popular outlaws in the late 1800s and early 1900s. They and their group robbed banks and trains for a living.

The film kicks off their story from when they escaped/on-the-run from the law from America to Bolivia. While in Bolivia both began their crime days again, and were successful until, they feared they were getting too popular Butch suggests "going straight", and he and the Sundance Kid got a job as payroll guards for a mining company, a job which thanks to them robbing banks became available.

On their first run, they got ambushed by a set of local bandits and had the payroll stolen. They returned the favor and ambushed the bandits killing them and there and then they decided to return to their old ways, which had a tragic end.

The acting in this film was not just good, but it was memorable, I will not be forgetting the portrayal of Butch Cassidy in a while.

The was a huge financial success and it won four Academy Awards (Best Cinematography, Best Original Score, Best Music and Best Writing, Story and Screenplay Based on Material Not Previously Published or Produced).

If you have not seen this movie before, maybe you should now.


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