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7.3

Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid (1969)

Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid
Running time: 112 min. | Genre: Western, Crime, Friendship, Cult film
Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid

Synopsis

This 1969 Western encapsulates the genre, with dramatic chase scenes on horseback through breathtaking landscapes, daring robberies of banks and trains, true comradery between cowboys who would risk their lives for one another, and copious amounts of renegade charm. Butch Cassidy (Paul Newman) is the smart, savvy leader of The Hole in the Wall Gang, and his sidekick the Sundance Kid (Robert Redford) ranks among the best shooters the West has known. This combination of brains and menace allows the duo to roam unchallenged, staging petty robberies when needed and otherwise kicking back at the local brothel. But when a six-pack of the best cowboys in nearby states gather to bring down the rebels, using a Native American tracker to follow them across rivers, over mountains, and through deserts; Butch and Sundance decide to flee. Gathering Sundance's girlfriend (Katherine Ross), they make their way to Bolivia via New York City. Unfortunately, old habits die hard, and before they know it, the charismatic criminals find themselves in an all-too-familiar situation, this time facing South American enemies.

Directed by George Roy Hill, BUTCH CASSIDY's balance of drama, action, and humor is a winning combination on its own. But this excellent tale of friendship and adventure is most successful for its talented leads, who fill every scene with wit, skill, and machismo. A broad color palette showcases glorious sunsets and peaceful rivers running through the craggy Rocky Mountains, while brief interludes of black and white still shots inject artistic flair. In every sense a classic, BUTCH CASSIDY AND THE SUNDANCE KID is simply timeless.

Ranking

IMDb
8.0
Metacritic
6.6

Cast

Nominations & Awards

Academy Awards

Best Song
WINNER
Best Original Screenplay
WINNER
Best Cinematography
WINNER
Best Score - Drama or Comedy
WINNER
Best Director (George Roy Hill)
NOMINATED
Best Picture
NOMINATED
Best Sound
NOMINATED

Golden Globes Awards

Best Music (Score)
WINNER
Best Picture - Drama
NOMINATED
Best Screenplay
NOMINATED
Best Song
NOMINATED

BAFTA

Best Film Editing
WINNER
Best Leading Actor (Robert Redford)
WINNER
Best Music (Score)
WINNER
Best Leading Actress (Katharine Ross)
WINNER
Anthony Asquith Award for Film Music
WINNER
Best Original Screenplay
WINNER
Best Picture
WINNER
Best Cinematography
WINNER
Best Director (George Roy Hill)
WINNER
Best Leading Actor (Paul Newman)
NOMINATED

Details

Original title

Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid

Director

George Roy Hill

Producer

20th Century Fox

Running time

112 min.

Screenwriter

William Goldman

Music

Burt Bacharach

Cinematography

Conrad Hall

Year

1969

Country

United States United States

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