Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBBB.5.
USA, 1969. Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation, Campanile Productions, Newman-Foreman Company. Screenplay by William Goldman. Cinematography by Conrad L. Hall. Produced by John Foreman. Music by Burt Bacharach. Production Design by Philip M. Jefferies, Jack Martin Smith. Costume Design by Edith Head. Film Editing by John C. Howard, Richard C. Meyer.
This classic western, which is about as popular as Sam Peckinpah’s marvelous The Wild Bunch, stars a perfectly matched Robert Redford and Paul Newman as a Bonnie and Clyde of the Wild West who travel across the country robbing trains and banks and shooting up anybody who gets in their way. Unfortunately, the Wild West is getting tamer, and law enforcement agencies are gathering together and trailing the wild twosome across the country in an effort to put a stop to them. The solution is easy, according to Butch: run away to Bolivia (wherever that is!) Katharine Ross co-stars as Redford’s love interest in this wildly photographed, endlessly entertaining action film that’s got a real heart at its centre and a lot of wisdom at its core.
Academy Awards: Best Original Story and Screenplay; Best Cinematography; Best Original Score for a Motion Picture-Not A Musical; Best Original Song (“Raindrops Keep Fallin’ On My Head”)
Nominations: Best Picture; Best Director (George Roy Hill); Best Sound
Golden Globe Award Nominations: Best Picture-Drama; Best Screenplay