Butch Cassidy And The Sundance Kid (1969)

GEORGE ROY HILL

Bil’s rating (out of 5):   BBBB.5.  USA, 1969.  , , .  Screenplay by .  Cinematography by .  Produced by .  Music by .  Production Design by , .  Costume Design by .  Film Editing by , .  Academy Awards 1969.  Golden Globe Awards 1969.  

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.

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