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Directed by George Roy Hill, this 1969 Oscar winning movie stars Paul Newman, Robert Redford and Katharine Ross. The screenplay was written by William Golden and music for the film was written by Burt Bacharach; both received Academy Awards for their work on the film.
When the wild west was being tamed by law and order, free enterprise and the railroads two unorthodox outlaws led the Hole in the Wall Gang on raids and robberies until the railroad authorities took exception to the redistribution of wealth. Paul Newman plays the charming, philosophical leader, supported by the loyal, laconic, Robert Redford. Their iconic performances are balanced adequately by Katharine Ross as Etta, friend of Butch and girlfriend of Sundance.
The story line and the ending are predictable, which is part of the point. The quirks, both visual and verbal; humor; irony; and even the music, are what makes this story different. It is clearly the end of an era, which even pertained to the genre, never again seriously filmed. The movie is silly and funny and trite, but also original and well acted. A worthy and nostalgic way to spend an evening.
Butch Cassidy: "Boy, I got vision, and the rest of the world wears bifocals."
Butch Cassidy: "Kid, the next time I say, “Let’s go someplace like Bolivia,” let’s GO someplace like Bolivia."
Butch has just ridden Etta on his bicycle. Sundance Kid: "Hey, what are you doin’?" Butch Cassidy: "Stealin” your woman?" Sundance Kid: (sigh) "Take her." Butch Cassidy: "Well, you’re a romantic bastard, I’ll give you that."
Etta, to Butch: "Do you know what you’re doin’?" Butch Cassidy: "Theoretically."
Butch Cassidy, running low on ammunition in a shoot-out with Bolivian police: "We’re going to run out unless we can get to that mule and get some more." Sundance Kid: "I’ll go." Butch Cassidy: "This is not time for bravery. I’ll let you."
Sundance Kid: "You just keep thinkin’, Butch. That’s what you’re good at."
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